Legalities — New York City

To get married in New York City you must obtain a Marriage License.
The fee for a Marriage License is $35 by credit card or money order payable to the City Clerk.

A New York State Marriage License is valid for 60 days and can be used anywhere within New York State but may not be used outside New York State.

You can begin the procedure online, but you must complete the application by appearing at the Office of the City Clerk in person, together and at the same time. No other party may apply on behalf of either spouse. Please note that they are not open on weekends or holidays.

You will receive the application from the information desk and you must complete the application in their office. If either of you are divorced, bring along the final divorce degree papers, and death certificate if you are widowed. You will be asked to make a sworn statement that there are no legal impediments to the marriage.

On the application you will both list your names; current addresses; country of birth; date of birth; name and country of birth of your parents; Social Security number; and marital history. You must have photo identification; a passport is required.

Your license will be processed while you wait. There is a 24-hour wait period. After that, you may be married at City Hall, or at any romantic location of your choice.

For more information, contact the NYC City Clerk’s office

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