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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

Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.

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 Town Clerk's Office

Allegany Town Clerk
Allegany, NY
716.373.0120
Batavia Town Clerk
Batavia, NY
585.343.1729 x 203
Bath Town Clerk
Bath, NY
607.776.7013
Bristol Town Clerk
Canadaigua, NY
585.229.2400
Broome Town Clerk
Middleburgh, NY
518.827.7788
Canton Town Clerk
Canton, NY
315.386.3735
Catskill Town Clerk
Catskill, NY
518.943.2141 x 3
Chemung Town Clerk
Chemung NY
607.529.3532 x 1
Clarkstown Town Clerk
New City, NY
845.639.2000
Clinton Town Clerk
Rhinebeck, NY
845.266.5853 x 102
Columbia Town Clerk
Richfield Springs, NY
315.858.0646
Cortlandt Town Clerk
Cortlandt Manor, NY
914.734.1020
Deerfield Town Clerk
Deerfield, NY
315.724.0413 x 23
Delaware Town Clerk
Hortonville, NY
845.887.5250 x 5
Dix Town Clerk
Watkins Glen, NY
607.535.7973 x 201
Elizabethtown Clerk
Elizabethtown, NY
518.873.6555
Fort Edward Town Clerk
Fort Edward, NY
518.747.5212
Geneseo Town Clerk
Geneseo, NY
585.991.5000
Goshen Town Clerk
Goshen, NY
845.294.6250
Herkimer Town Clerk
Herkimer, NY
315.866.2690 or 2698
Huntington Town Clerk
Huntington, NY
631.351.3206
Johnstown Town Clerk
Johnstown, NY
518.762.7070
Lake George Town Clerk
Lake George, NY
518.668.5722
Lake Pleasant Town Clerk
Lake Pleasant, NY
518.548.3625 x 1
Lockport Town Clerk
Lockport, NY
716.439.9524
Lyons Town Clerk
Lyons, NY
315.946.6252
Malone Town Clerk
Malone, NY
518.483.4740
Malta Town Clerk
Malta, NY
518.899.2552
New Bremen Town Clerk
Lowville, NY
315.376.2641
North Castle Town Clerk
Armonk, NY
914.273.3321
Norwich Town Clerk
Norwich, NY
607.334.1230
Onondaga Town Clerk
Syracuse, NY
315.469.1583
Orleans Town Clerk
LaFargeville, NY
315.658.9950
Oswego Town Clerk
Oswego, NY
315.343.2586
Owego Town Clerk
Apalachin, NY
607.687.0123 Dept. 2
Potter Town Clerk
Penn Yan, NY
585.554.6758
Poughkeepsie Town Clerk
Poughkeepsie, NY
845.485.3620
Putnam Valley Town Clerk
Putnam Valley, NY
845.526.3280
Riverhead Town Clerk
Riverhead, NY
631.727.3200
Rochester Town Clerk
Accord, NY
845.626.7384
Rye Town Clerk
Port Chester, NY
914.939.3570
Schoharie Town Clerk
Schoharie, NY
518.295.6570
Thompson Town Clerk
Monticello, NY
845.794.2500 x 302
Tompkins Town Clerk
Trout Creek, NY
607.865.5694
Ulster Town Clerk
Lake Katrine, NY
845.382.2455
Victor Town Clerk
Victor NY
585.924.0202
Warsaw Town Clerk
Warsaw, NY
585.786.2800
Waterloo Town Clerk
Waterloo, NY
315.539.9331
Watertown Town Clerk
Watertown, NY
315.782.8248
Wawarsing Town Clerk
Ellenville, NY
845.647.7800 x 2
Woodbury Town Clerk
Highland Mills, NY
845.928.6829 x 7

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