Marriage License Requirements in New York State
All persons who intend to get married in New York State must obtain a Marriage License. This page explains the procedure for obtaining a Marriage License from the Office of the New York City Clerk.
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.
- You can submit an application online to the Office of the City Clerk via City Clerk Online. After submitting your application online, you must appear at the Office of the City Clerk to complete your application.
- You and your prospective spouse must appear together in person to apply for a Marriage License.
- Proxy marriage is not permitted in New York, so no other party may apply on behalf of the bride or groom.
- You will receive the application from the information desk and you must complete the application in our 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 our office.
- You must wait a full 24 hours before your Marriage Ceremony can be performed unless you obtain a Judicial Waiver.
- 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 father and mother; 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 you are a widow or widower, you must provide your deceased spouse's full name and date of death.
You and your prospective spouse must have proper identification in order to apply for a Marriage License.