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Getting married in New York City

PLEASE NOTE: Different rules and procedures apply if you are planning to marry in New York State, please see our separate section.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Marriage laws and license requirements change continually, so please check the latest information with your local marriage license bureau office or county clerk's office before making your wedding or travel plans, and before inviting your guests.

You can submit an application online to the Office of the City Clerk via City Clerk Online. After submitting your application online, you must appear at the Office of the City Clerk to complete your application. You and your prospective spouse must appear together in person to apply for a marriage license. Proxy marriage is not permitted in New York, so no other party may apply on behalf of the bride or groom. You will receive the application from the information desk and you must complete the application in our office. Your marriage license will be processed while you wait and should be checked carefully to make sure there are no mistakes.

Who may apply for a marriage license

If both applicants are 18 years of age or older, no consents are required. For persons under 18, please contact the Office of the City Clerk for further information.

Cousin marriages are permitted in New York City.

ID requirements

All applicants must bring valid forms of identification when applying for a marriage license. All identification must be valid. Expired forms of identification will not be accepted, no exceptions.

Acceptable forms of identification are: valid driver's license (from the United States or one of its territories); non-driver's identification card (from the United States or one of its territories); learner's permit from New York State only; active United States Military Identification Card; valid Passport; U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (issued within the past ten years); valid United States Alien Registration Card with expiration date; employment Authorization Card issued by the United States Immigration Authorities.

If you were married before, you must list all prior marriages. You must include your previous spouse's full name; the date the divorce decree was granted; and the city, state, and country where the divorce was issued. All divorces, annulments, and dissolutions must be finalized before you apply for a new marriage license. You may be asked to produce the final divorce decree.

If you are a widow or widower, you must provide your deceased spouse's full name and date of death.

Blood tests and other tests

No blood tests or medical examinations are required.

Marriage ceremonies and witnesses

A marriage license obtained at any of our five offices may be used anywhere within the State of New York.

You may have a civil marriage ceremony in the City Clerk's Office. Marriage ceremonies are held during our regular business hours. No reservations or appointments for a marriage ceremony are accepted. You and your prospective spouse must arrive together with the same proper identification you brought when you obtained your marriage license. You and your prospective spouse must have at least one witness, who must be 18 years of age or over and bring proper identification<./p>

You may arrange a civil or religious marriage ceremony outside of our offices in any location you wish within the State of New York. At the conclusion of the marriage ceremony, the marriage officiant, the bride, the groom, and the witness or witnesses are required to sign the marriage license. The marriage officiant must return the marriage license to the office where the marriage license was obtained within five business days. We will provide you with a return mailing envelope for that purpose when you obtain your marriage license.

Officiants

If your private marriage ceremony will be performed in the City of New York, the marriage officiant must be registered with the Office of the City Clerk before the wedding. Generally, the following people may register: Clergy members or ministers of any religion; leaders of the Society of Ethical Culture; the Mayor or any former Mayor of the City of New York; Federal, state, or local judges or justices, elected or appointed in the State of New York, who are currently serving or retired; the Clerk of the Appellate Division of the First or Second Department; and the County Clerk of any of the five counties in the City of New York.

Fees

The fee for a Marriage License is $35 by credit card or money order payable to the City Clerk.

Waiting period

You must wait for 24 hours after you obtain your marriage license before you can have your wedding, unless you obtain a judicial waiver.

Validity of license

The marriage license expires in 60 days after the time of purchase, except for active military personnel.

Copy of marriage certificate

A Certificate of Marriage Registration is the official documentation of your wedding that lists the date, time, location, marriage officiant's name and title, and any changes in surname. If you get married in the City Clerk's office, you will receive your certificate of marriage registration at the conclusion of the ceremony. If you have a marriage ceremony outside of the City Clerk's office, you will receive your certificate of marriage registration in the mail within approximately 20 days from the date when we receive and process the marriage license from your marriage officiant and process it. If you have not received your certificate of marriage registration within a month of your marriage ceremony, you should contact the Office of the City Clerk where you obtained your marriage license.

For more information

Find out more from the Office of the City Clerk at the following website or at the Borough offices listed below:
http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/marriage/license.shtml

Manhattan Office
Hours: 8:30 am to 3:45 pm, Monday through Friday
141 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013

Bronx Office
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Supreme Court Building
851 Grand Concourse, Room B131
Bronx, NY 10451

Brooklyn Office
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Brooklyn Municipal Building
210 Joralemon Street, Room 205
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Queens Office
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Borough Hall Building
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Ground Floor, Room X001
Kew Gardens, NY 11424

Staten Island Office
Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Borough Hall Building
10 Richmond Terrace, Room 311
Staten Island, NY 10301

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