Making it All Official: New York State Marriage Requirements

In order for your wedded union to be recognized in the eyes of the law and the State, you must first obtain a Marriage License. And I bet you didn’t even think about that, being how you’re excited about planning this wedding and all. But, before you say “I do”, there are a few steps you must take if you want this to all be “official”.

Sometimes people are a little confused about acquiring the marriage license. We’ve taken directly from NYC Office of the City Clerk’s web site exactly what you need and what needs to be done so you can get your marriage license as quickly and effortlessly as possible.marriage certificateTHE MARRIAGE LICENSE

All persons who intend to get married in New York State must first obtain a Marriage License from the Office of the City Clerk.


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


Manhattan Office

141 Worth Street

New York, NY 10013


8:30 am to 3:45 pm

Monday through Friday

Duration of the Marriage License

A New York State Marriage License is valid for 60 days (except for active military personnel, for whom the validity runs for 180 days). A Marriage License issued in New York can be used anywhere within New York State but may not be used outside New York State.

Application Procedure

You can begin the application process to receive a Marriage License online via “City Clerk Online“. This will speed up the process which then must be completed in person at the Office of the City Clerk.

Regardless of whether you started the application process online, or will be filling out a paper form for a Marriage License, you and your prospective spouse must complete the process by appearing at the Office of the City Clerk in person, together and at the same time.

  • You will receive the application from the information desk and you must complete the application in the office.
  • Your Marriage License will be processed while you wait.
  • You should carefully read your Marriage License to make sure there are no mistakes.
  • You will take the Marriage License with you when you leave the office.
  • You must wait a full 24 hours before your Marriage Ceremony can be performed unless you obtain a Judicial Waiver.

Required Information
Listed below is the information you will need to fill out the Marriage License Application:

The application is an affidavit where you and your prospective spouse must list your name; current address; city, state, ZIP code and country; country of birth; date of birth; name and country of birth of your parents; Social Security number; and marital history.

  • When you sign the affidavit, you are making a sworn statement that there are no legal impediments to the marriage.
  • 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 your spouse is deceased, you must provide such spouse’s full name and date of death.

Proper Identification
You and your prospective spouse must have proper identification in order to apply for a Marriage License.

Blood Test Not Required
A blood test is not required to obtain a Marriage License in the State of New York.



At the conclusion of the Marriage Ceremony, the Marriage Officiant, the couple, 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.

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 it is received and processed.

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*.

*All information contained within is courtesy of NYC City Clerk’s Office. For further and more detailed information, please visit their website directly at:




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