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Planning a New York Wedding? Here is How to Get a Marriage License in New York!

If you're planning to get married, congratulations, the marriage is a beautiful and fulfilling journey. However, before you get married you need to obtain a marriage license. Getting a marriage license means that the state recognizes your marriage and that everything is in order.

You can get the marriage license at any town or city clerk in the State of New York. You must apply in person. The application has to be signed by both partners in the presence of a city or town clerk. You cannot have a representative apply for the license in your stead even if the representative has been given a Power of Attorney. You also cannot substitute an appearance for a notarized marriage license affidavit.

There isn’t any waiting period to receive a marriage license. However, you cannot have the marriage ceremony for 24 hours after the license was issued. The only way that the 24 hour waiting period can be waived is by a judge or justice of the Supreme Court of New York State. A county judge of the county of either partner’s county can also waive the 24 hour waiting period.

Marriage License New York

Marriage licenses are valid for 60 calendar days. It begins to be valid the day after it is issued. Licenses cost $40 when issued by a town or city clerk in New York State outside of New York City. The $40 includes the issue of a certificate of marriage registration. The issuing clerk sends the certificate to the applicant within 15 calendar days after a completed license is returned by the officiant. If a couple doesn’t receive a Certificate of Marriage within 4 weeks of the wedding must contact the city or town clerk who has issued the license.

If you’d like the license to be issued by the City Clerk of New York City, you’ll need to contact the New York City Clerk’s Office for information regarding fees as well as payment as they keep changing.

New York Marriage License Age Requirements

People under the age of 17 years will not be issued a marriage license.
People who are the age of 17 years must have the written consent of both parents as well as a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the Family court who has jurisdiction over the city or town in which the application is being made.

No consent is needed from parents if both people are 18 years of age or over.
There are certain situations in which a single parent can consent to a minor's marriage.
o If the other parent has been missing for at least a year preceding the application.
o The parents have divorced, and the consenting parent has sole custody of the child.
o The other parent is deceased or has been judged incompetent.
New York Marriage License Age and ID Proof

New York Marriage License

The documents which give proof of age must be submitted to the clerk's office. Each office has a different set of requirements, it is best to check before visiting the clerk's office.
  • Birth Certificate
  • Naturalization record
  • Census record
  • Baptismal record
  • The identity proof can be established with the following documents
  • Passport
  • Immigration record
  • Driver's license
  • Employment picture ID
Marriage will not be legally recognized in the State of New York between an ancestor and a descendant. This is true for legitimate offspring as well as illegitimate offspring.

Previous marriages must be brought to the light and documents such as a Decree of Divorce or a Certificate of Dissolution of Marriage may be required depending on the clerk who issues the marriage license.

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