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If the marriage license is issued by a town or city clerk in New York State outside of New York City, the marriage license application fee is $40. This fee includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage Registration. This certificate is automatically sent by the issuing clerk to the applicants within 15 days after the completed license is returned by the officiant (person who performs the marriage ceremony). It serves as notice that a record of the marriage is on file. Couples who do not receive a Certificate of Marriage Registration within four weeks of the wedding should contact the town or city clerk who issued the license.

If the license is to be issued by the City Clerk of the City of New York, the marriage license application fee is $35. Please visit any one of the five (5) boroughs of New York City listed below for the procedure for obtaining a Marriage License from the Office of the New York City Clerk.

Albany 
Amsterdam 
Auburn 
Batavia 
Beacon 
Binghamton 
Brooklyn 
Bronx 
Buffalo 
Canandaigua 
Cohoes 
Corning 
Cortland 
Dunkirk 
Elmira 
Fulton 
Geneva 
Glen Cove 
Glens Falls 
Gloversville 
Hornell 
Hudson 
Ithaca 
Jamestown 
Johnstown 
Kingston 
Lackawanna 
Little Falls 
Lockport 
Long Beach 
Mahattan 
Mechanicville 
Middletown 
Mount Vernon 
New Rochelle 
Newburgh 
Niagara Falls 
North Tonawanda 
Norwich 
Ogdensburg 
Olean 
Oneida 
Oneonta 
Oswego 
Peekskill 
Plattsburgh 
Port Jervis 
Poughkeepsie 
Queens 
Rensselaer 
Rochester 
Rome 
Rye 
Salamanca 
Saratoga Springs 
Schenectady 
Sherrill 
Staten Island 
Syracuse 
Tonawanda 
Troy 
Utica 
Watertown 
Watervliet 
White Plains 
Yonkers 

Did we miss reporting your city or town clerk's information? If so, please call 311 24 hours-a-day seven-days-a-week for access to all City services (outside city limits, call 585-428-5990).
TTY: (585) 428-7600

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The Marriage License

Where do you get one?

A couple who intends to be married in New York State must apply in person for a marriage license to any town or city clerk in the state. The application for a license must be signed by both parties in the presence of the town or city clerk. A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of either party. This applies even if the representative has been given the Power of Attorney. Notarized marriage license affidavits signed by either party cannot be substituted for their personal appearance.

Is there a waiting period?

Yes. Although the marriage license is issued immediately, the marriage ceremony may not take place within 24 hours from the exact time that the license was issued. When both applicants are 16 years of age or older, the 24-hour waiting period may be waived by an order of a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the County Court of the county in which either the bride or groom resides. If either person is under 16 years of age, the order must be from the Family Court judge of the county in which the person under 16 years of age resides.

How long is the license valid?

A marriage license is valid for 60 days, beginning the day after it is issued.

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

If the marriage license is issued by a town or city clerk in New York State outside of New York City, it costs $40. This fee includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage Registration. This certificate is automatically sent by the issuing clerk to the applicants within 15 days after the completed license is returned by the officiant (person who performs the marriage ceremony). It serves as notice that a record of the marriage is on file. Couples who do not receive a Certificate of Marriage Registration within four weeks of the wedding should contact the town or city clerk who issued the license.

Is a premarital physical exam required?

No premarital examination or blood test is required to obtain a marriage license in New York State.

What are the age and consent requirements for minors?

Proof of Age and Identity

A person is required to establish proof of age and identity by submitting to the issuing clerk one of the following age related documents:

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Baptismal record
  3. Naturalization record
  4. Census record

And one of the following identity related documents:

  1. Driver's license
  2. Passport
  3. Employment picture ID
  4. Immigration record

Familial Restrictions

A marriage may not take place in New York State between an ancestor and descendant, a brother and sister (full or half blood), an uncle and niece or an aunt and nephew, regardless of whether or not these persons are legitimate or illegitimate offspring.

Previous Marriages

Information regarding previous marriages must be furnished in the application for a marriage license. This includes whether the former spouse or spouses are living, and whether the applicants are divorced and, if so, when, where and against whom the divorce or divorces were granted. A certified copy of the Decree of Divorce or a Certificate of Dissolution of Marriage may be required by the clerk issuing the marriage license.

Surname Options

Every person has the right to adopt any name by which he or she wishes to be known simply by using that name consistently and without intent to defraud. A person's last name (surname) does not automatically change upon marriage, and neither party to the marriage is required to change his or her last name. The bride and groom need not take the same last name.

One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the surname by which he or she wishes to be known after the marriage by entering the new name in the appropriate space provided on the marriage license. The new name must consist of one of the following options:

The use of this option will provide a record of your change of name. The marriage certificate, containing the new name, if any, is proof that the use of the new name, or the retention of the former name, is lawful. The local Social Security Administration office should be contacted so that its records and your social security identification card reflect the name change. There is no charge for this service.

Whether you decide to use or not use this option at the time of your marriage license application, you still have the right to adopt a different name through usage at some future date. However, your marriage license cannot be changed to record a surname you decide to use after your marriage.

If you plan to use your married name at work, be sure to have your name changed in Social Security records. This way, you will get credit for all your earnings. It's easy and it's absolutely free. Contact any Social Security office. Look in the telephone book for the address and phone number. You will need documentary evidence showing both your old name and your new name.

Where can a marriage take place?

A New York State marriage license may be used within New York State only. Please note that if you go out of New York State to be married, your New York State marriage license will not be filed in New York State.

What about the ceremony?

There is no particular form or ceremony required except that the parties must state in the presence of an authorized member of the clergy or public official and at least one other witness that they take each other as husband and wife. There is no minimum age for a witness. However, in selecting a witness, choose at least one person who you feel would be competent to testify in a court proceeding as to what he or she witnessed.

Who can perform a marriage ceremony?

To be valid, a marriage ceremony must be performed by any of the individuals specified in Section 11 of the New York State Domestic Relations Law. These include:

The person performing the ceremony must be registered with the City of New York in order to perform a ceremony within the New York City limits. The officiant does not have to be a resident of New York State. Ship captains are not authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in New York State.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Vital Records Section
New York State Department of Health
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, New York 12220-2602

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice.

To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

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To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.  Please include the state and county information.

New York City Clerk's Office

Albany City Clerk
Albany, NY
518.434.5090
Amsterdam City Clerk
Amsterdam, NY
518.841.4313
Auburn City Clerk
Auburn, NY
315.255.4100
Batavia City Clerk
Batavia, NY
585.345.6300
Beacon City Clerk
Beacon, NY
845.838.5003
Binghamton City Clerk
Binghamton, NY
607.772.7005
Brooklyn City Clerk
Brooklyn, NY
Dail: 311
Bronx City Clerk
Bronx, NY
Dail: 311
Buffalo City Clerk
Buffalo, NY
716.851.5444
Canandaigua City Clerk
Canandaigua, NY
585.396.5000
Cohoes City Clerk
Cohoes, NY
518.233.2141
Corning City Clerk
Corning, NY
607.962.0340
Cortland City Clerk
Cortland, NY
607.756.6521
Dunkirk City Clerk
Dunkirk, NY
716.366.0452
Elmira City Clerk
Elmira, NY
607.737.5672
Fulton City Clerk
Fulton, NY
315.592.4340
Geneva City Clerk
Geneva, NY
315.789.2603
Glen Cove City Clerk
Glen Cove, NY
516.676.3345
Glens Falls City Clerk
Glens Falls City, NY
518.743.0663
Gloversville City Clerk
Gloversville, NY
518.773.4542
Hornell City Clerk
Hornell, NY
607.324.7421
Hudson City Clerk
Hudson, NY
518.828.1030
Ithaca City Clerk
Ithaca, NY
607.274.6570
Jamestown City Clerk
Jamestown, NY
716.483.7612
Johnstown City Clerk
Johnstown, NY
518.736.4011
Kingston City Clerk
Kingston, NY
845.334.3918
Lackawanna City Clerk
Lackawanna, NY
716.827.6452
Little Falls City Clerk
Little Falls, NY
315.823.2400
Lockport City Clerk
Lockport, NY
716.439.6676
Long Beach City Clerk
Long Beach, NY
516.431.1002
Manhattan City Clerk
New York, NY
Dail: 311
Mechanicville City Clerk
Mechanicville, NY
518.664.9884
Middletown City Clerk
Middletown, NY
845.346.4166
Mount Vernon City Clerk
Mount Vernon, NY
914.665.2348
New Rochelle City Clerk
New Rochelle, NY
914.654.2159
Newburgh City Clerk
Newburgh, NY
845.569.7311
Niagara Falls City Clerk
Niagara Falls, NY
716.286.4393
N. Tonawanda City Clerk
N. Tonawanda, NY
716.695.8555
Norwich City Clerk
Norwich, NY
607.334.1230
Ogdensburg City Clerk
Ogdensburg, NY
315.393.3540
Olean City Clerk
Olean, NY
716.376.5604
Oneida City Clerk
Oneida, NY
315.363.7378
Oneonta City Clerk
Oneonta, NY
607.432.6450
Oswego City Clerk
Oswego, NY
315.342.8116
Peekskill City Clerk
Peekskill, NY
914.737.3400
Plattsburgh City Clerk
Plattsburgh, NY
518.563.7702
Port Jervis City Clerk
Port Jervis, NY
845.858.4014
Poughkeepsie City Clerk
Poughkeepsie, NY
845.451.4276
Queens City Clerk
Kew Gardens, NY
Dail: 311
Rensselaer City Clerk
Rensselaer, NY
518.462.4266
Rochester City Clerk
Rochester, NY
585.428.6617
Rome City Clerk
Rome, NY
315.339.7659
Rye City Clerk
Rye, NY
914.967.7371
Salamanca City Clerk
Salamanca, NY
716.945.4620
Saratoga Springs City Clerk
Saratoga Springs, NY
518.587.3550
Schenectady City Clerk
Schenectady, NY
518.382.5199 x 5303
Sherrill City Clerk
Sherrill, NY
315.363.2440
Staten Island City Clerk
Staten Island, NY
Dail: 311
Syracuse City Clerk
Syracuse, NY
315.448.8382
Tonawanda City Clerk
Tonawanda, NY
716.695.8318
Troy City Clerk
Troy, NY
518.270.4541
Utica City Clerk
Utica, NY
315.792.0113
Watertown City Clerk
Watertown, NY
315.785.7780
Watervliet City Clerk
Watervliet, NY
518.270.3800 x 115
White Plains City Clerk
White Plains, NY
914.422.1227
Yonkers City Clerk
Yonkers, NY
914.377.6000

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