New York Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in NY

If you're getting married in the state of New York you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is $40.00 dollars.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of New York to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

Yes, after you receive your license, there is still a mandatory 1 day waiting period before you can actually get married.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 60 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parents or legal guardians must be present. If a parent can not be present, due to death, separation, divorce or other circumstances, proper evidence must be presented for verification. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for New York or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in New York. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual New York marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in New York. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in New York.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

New York has 59 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Albany Town Clerk

24 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207

518-487-5100

Allegany Town Clerk

14 Clara Barton St
Dansville, NY 14813

716-335-2330

Batavia County Clerk

P.O. Box 379
Batavia, NY 14021

716-343-1729

Bath Town Clerk

3 East Pulteney Square
Bath, NY 14810

607-776-7013

Bristol Town Clerk

6740 County Road 32
Canadaigua, NY 14424

716-229-2400

Bronx City Clerk

210 Joralemon St, Ste 205
Bronx, NY 10457

718-802-3585

Buffalo Town Clerk

25 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202

716-851-5444

Canton Town Clerk

864 State Highway 68
Canton, NY 13617

315-386-8311

Catskill County Clerk

Court House Main St
Catskill, NY 12414

518-943-2141

Cattaraugus County Clerk

303 Court St
Little Valley, NY 14755

716-257-9288

Cayuga Town , Clerks Office

P.O. Box 616
Auburn, NY 13021

315-253-9021

Chemung County Clerk

1255 W Water St
Elmira, NY 14902

607-734-2031

Clarkstown Town Clerk

31 Chambers St
New City, NY 10007

914-639-2010

Clinton Town Clerk

137 Margaret St
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

518-563-8100

Columbia County Clerk

Court House, Union St
Hudson, NY 12534

518-828-4656

Cortland County Clerk

P.O. Box 5590
Cortland, NY 13045

607-756-6521

Deerfield Town Clerk

6329 Walker Rd
Utica, NY 13501

315-724-0413

Delaware County Clerk , P.O. Box 426

Court St
Delhi, NY 13753

607-746-2236

Dix Town Clerk

304 7th St
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

607-535-9125

Elizabethtown Town Clerk

1 Main St, Court House
Elizabethtown, NY 12932

518-873-6555

Fort Edward Town Clerk

118 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828

518-747-5212

Geneseo Town Clerk

119 Main St
Geneseo, NY 14454

716-243-0722

Goshen Town Clerk's Office

41 Webster Ave
Goshen, NY 10924

914-294-6250

Herkimer Town Clerks

P.O. Box 111
Herkimer, NY 13350

315-866-2690

Johnstown County Clerk

223 West Main St
Johnstown, NY 12095

518-762-7070

Lake George Town Clerk

Old Post Road
Lake George, NY 12845

518-668-5722

Lake Pleasant County Clerk

County Court House, Rte 8
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108

518-548-3625

Lockport Town Clerk

175 Hawley St
Lockport, NY 14094

716-439-9524

Lyons Town Clerk

76 William St
Lyons, NY 14489

315-946-6252

Malone Town Clerk

63 West Main St
Malone, NY 12953

518-483-4740

Malta Town Clerk

2540 State Route 9
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

518-899-2552

Manhattan Town Clerk , The Municipal Building

1 Centre Street
2nd Floor South

New York, NY 10007

212-669-8898

Mohawk Town Clerks Office , New County Bldg Broadway

2 Park St
Fonda, NY 12068

518-853-3031

New Bremen Town Clerk

7660 State St
Lowville, NY 13367

315-376-2641

North Castle Town Clerk

15 Bedford Rd
Armonk, NY 10504

914-273-3321

Norwich Town Clerk

5 Court St
Norwich, NY 13815

607-334-1220

Oneida Town Clerk

New Hartford, NY

315-733-7500, ext. 2322

Onondaga Town Clerk

4801 W Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13202

315-469-1583

Orleans Town Clerk , Court House Sq.

1 Main St
Albion, NY 14411

716-589-5100

Oswego Town Clerk

2320 County Route 7
Osewego, NY 13120

315-343-2586

Owego Town Clerk

2354 Route 434
Owego, NY 13827

607-687-2194

Potter Town Clerk

1226 Phelps Rd
Penn Yan, NY 14527

716-554-6758

Poughkeepsie Town Clerk

22 Market St
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

914-485-3620

Putnam Town Clerk

2 County Center
Carmel, NY 10512

914-225-2067

Queens Town Clerk

120-55 Queens Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11435

718-520-3137

Riverhead Town Clerk

210 Howell Ave
Riverhead, NY 11901

516-727-3200

Rochester Town Clerk

50 Scenic Rd
Accord, NY 12404

914-626-7384

Rye Town Clerk

10 Pearl St
Port Chester, NY 10573

914-939-3570

Schenactady Town Clerk

620 State St
Schenectady, NY 12305

518-384-0036

Schoharie Town Clerk

12157 Main St
Schoharie, NY 12157

518-295-7677

Staten Island Town Clerk , Richmond County Court House

10 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

718-816-2290

Thompson Town , Clerk's Office

4052 State Route 42
Monticello, NY 12701

914-794-2500

Tompkins Town Clerk

126 E Seneca St
Ithaca, NY 14850

607-273-1721

Troy Town Clerk , Court House

Congress & 2nd St
Troy, NY 12180

518-279-3461

Ulster Town Clerk

1 Town Hall Rd
Lake Katrine, NY 12449

914-382-2455

Warsaw Town Clerk Office

27 N Main St
Warsaw, NY 14569

716-786-2800

Waterloo Town Clerk

66 N Virginia St
Waterloo, NY 13165

315-539-3080

Watertown Town Clerk

25859 New York State Rt 37
Watertown, NY 13601

315-785-9793

Woodbury Town Clerk

Route 32
Highland Mills, NY 10930

914-928-6323