How To Get A New York City Marriage License

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Getting married is an exciting milestone in any couple’s journey, but before tying the knot, there are important legal requirements that must be fulfilled. One of these requirements is obtaining a marriage license, which is necessary to make the union official in the eyes of the law. For couples who reside in New York City, the process of obtaining a marriage license can seem daunting, but with the right information, it can be a straightforward and stress-free experience. In this article, Eastcoatlawscom will guide you through the steps on how to get a New York City marriage license, including the requirements, the application process, and what to expect on the big day. Whether you’re a local New Yorker or planning a destination wedding, we’ve got you covered with all the information you need to make your marriage license journey a success.

Requirements For Obtaining A Marriage License In New York City

It makes sense that there are legal prerequisites to getting married in New York City. You cannot already be married in order to apply for a marriage license in NYC (meaning divorces, annulments, and dissolutions of marriage must already be finalized). To get married, both potential spouses must be at least 18 years old. Nonetheless, if a 17-year-old wanted to get married in NYC, they may do so with the written approval of a supreme court justice or a family court judge, as well as the consent of both of their parents or legal guardians. Blood relatives and people under the age of 17 cannot receive marriage permits.

Gathering the documents you’ll need in order to apply is the first stage in the procedure. When you and your fiancé(e) sign the application, which is an affidavit, you are declaring under oath that there are no obstacles to the marriage (as outlined above). You must make up your mind about changing your name before you apply. You must indicate your new surname (or middle name) on the application if you decide to do so. The name change becomes effective right away after your marriage ceremony is over.

You and your fiancé(e) should be ready to supply the following details while filling out the application:

  • Name and current address
  • Country of birth
  • Date of birth
  • Name and country of birth of your parents
  • Social security number
  • If you have been married before, you’ll also need to list your previous marriages
  • If widowed, your former spouse’s full name and their date of death (or death certificate)
  • If divorced, the date and location your divorce decree was issued.

Bring with you proper forms of identification including proof of age and photo ID, such as:

  • Passport
  • Driver License or Learner Permit with photograph (from the United States of America or any of its territories)
  • Non-Driver Identification Card with photograph (from the United States of America or any of its territories)
  • Active United States Military Identification Card
  • United States Certificate of Naturalization (good for 10 years after date of issue)
  • United States Permanent Resident Card
  • United States Employment Authorization Card

Obtaining A Marriage License If You Are Under 18 Years Old

In New York, individuals who are under 18 years old can obtain a marriage license, but only with parental consent and/or a court order. The requirements for obtaining a marriage license for minors are as follows:

  • The minor must be at least 17 years old.
  • The minor’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must give their consent in person at the time of the application. If the parents are divorced, the parent with legal custody must provide consent.
  • If one or both parents are deceased, the minor must provide a death certificate for the deceased parent(s).
  • If the minor has been previously married, a certified copy of the divorce decree or annulment must be presented at the time of application.
  • If the minor has a court order granting permission to marry, a certified copy of the court order must be presented at the time of application.

In addition to the above requirements, the minor must provide a valid form of identification, such as a birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license. The minor’s fiancé or fiancée must also provide identification and be present at the time of application.

Where Do you Get A Marriage License In NYC?

You and your future spouse must make an appointment to come in person to the NYC Marriage Bureau at the Office of the City Clerk in order to obtain a marriage license there. Five locations can be found in New York City.

City Clerk Office Locations and Hours:

Bronx Office
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Supreme Court Building
851 Grand Concourse, Room B131
Bronx, NY 10451

Brooklyn Office
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Municipal Building210 Joralemon Street, Room 205
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Manhattan Office
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
141 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013

Queens Office
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Borough Hall Building
120-55 Queens Boulevard, Ground Floor, Room G-100
Kew Gardens, NY 11424

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

Can You Apply For A Marriage License Online In New York City?

Yes. The Office of the City Clerk offers an online marriage license application that can be completed before being submitted in person. City Hall recently introduced Project Cupid in conjunction with COVID, an online program that enables couples to get marriage licenses by scheduling virtual meetings with a clerk via video conferencing.

When Do You Apply For A Marriage License In New York City?

Marriage licenses in New York City are only good for 60 days, therefore you should start your application no later than two months before the wedding. The application procedure is straightforward, but before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary documents, payment information, and pieces of identification on hand.

Is There A Waiting Period To Get Married In New York City?

Yes, there is a waiting period to get married in New York City. The waiting period is 24 hours after obtaining a marriage license, which is required to get married in the city. After obtaining the license, couples must wait at least 24 hours before they can legally get married. This waiting period is in place to ensure that couples have enough time to consider their decision to marry and to prevent impulsive marriages. However, there are some exceptions to the waiting period, such as in cases where one or both of the individuals are active military personnel.

Who Signs The NYC Marriage License?

In New York City, the marriage license is signed by the couple getting married, the officiant who performs the marriage ceremony, and one or two witnesses, depending on the borough where the ceremony takes place.

The couple getting married will sign the marriage license at the time they obtain it from the City Clerk’s office. The officiant who performs the ceremony will sign the license immediately after the marriage ceremony is completed. Finally, the witnesses, who must be at least 18 years old, will sign the license after the ceremony is over.

Once all signatures are obtained, the officiant must return the signed license to the City Clerk’s office within five days of the marriage ceremony, so that the marriage can be officially registered.

How Much Does A New York City Marriage License Cost?

The cost of a marriage license in New York City is $35. This fee is paid at the time the couple applies for the license, and can be paid by credit card, money order, or certified check. However, it’s important to note that fees and payment methods may be subject to change, so it’s best to check with the New York City Clerk’s office for the most up-to-date information on marriage license fees and payment methods.

How To Get A Certificate Of Marriage Registration

In order to prove your marriage for purposes such as taxes, insurance, banking, mortgage applications, name changes, etc., it is a good idea to keep a certified copy of your marriage license (also known as a marriage certificate) on hand. 20 days after the City Clerk’s Office receives and processes your signed marriage license, you will get your certificate of marriage registration in the mail. After the ceremony, you will be given your certificate of marriage registration if you choose to get married in the City Clerk’s office.

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