How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in New York?
There is nothing quite like the big city light of New York. If you want to get married there, you will not be short on amenities. New York offers world-class skyscrapers, shopping, Broadway shows, and some of the most famous restaurants anywhere!
Rules and Regulations
Before you waltz down the aisle in the Big Apple, you must familiarize yourself with their rules and regulation for marriage.
- You must be 18 years or older to get married in New York.
- If you are 17 years old, you will be required to have parental consent and a signed court order.
- You do not need to reside in New York to be married there.
- There is no blood test required.
- Cousin marriage is allowed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
You will both need to appear in person, together at the County Clerk’s office. If you are applying in New York City, you will need to visit one of the five borough offices. Be sure to bring with you the following paperwork:
- A fee between $35-$40 depending on where you purchase it.
- You can apply online but then must still appear in person to sign and complete the application process.
- Valid, current ID such as driver’s license, state ID, passport, certified copy of your birth certificate or military ID.
- Documentation of any previous marriages and their dissolution.
- You will need to decide if you are changing your name and fill out the application accordingly when you apply.
- If you have previously been married, you will need to bring your divorce decree, annulment paperwork or a death certificate.
- You must have a witness, who is at least 18 years old, present to verify your signature on the marriage certificate at the ceremony.
The application is an affidavit which you will both sign verifying the following information for each of you:
- Date of birth
- Country of birth
- Names and birth countries of both parents
- Social security number
- Marital history
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is a 24-hour waiting period before you can get married after you obtain your marriage license. The license is only good for 60 days, except persons in the military and then it is good for 180 days.
Who Can Officiate
Any clergyman or minister of any religion, mayor, judges, justices, city clerk and licensed city official, may perform your wedding ceremony.
After the Wedding
After your officiant files and records your marriage license with the County Clerk’s office, you will receive a certified copy within 20 days.
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.