How to Get Married in New York City

Your Mini-Guide to New York Marriage Licenses and City Hall Weddings

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New York is one of the most romantic cities in the world – a perfect spot for the wedding of your dreams. Here are some tips on how to get married in NYC, from getting your marriage license to arranging your city hall wedding.

How to Get a New York Marriage License

You’ll need a New York marriage license to make it legal. In order to obtain a license, the prospective married couple must appear in person at one of the borough offices of the City Clerk of New York:

  • Manhattan Marriage Bureau: 141 Worth St.; btwn Centre & Baxter sts.; Hours: 8:30am to 3:45pm, Mon. through Fri.
  • Bronx Marriage Bureau: Supreme Court Building, 851 Grand Concourse near 161st St., Room B131; Hours: 8:30am to 4:00pm, Mon. through Fri.
  • Brooklyn Marriage Bureau: Brooklyn Municipal Building, 210 Joralemon St. near Court St., Room 205; Hours: 8:30am to 4:00pm, Mon. through Fri.
  • Queens Marriage Bureau: Borough Hall Building, 120-55 Queens Blvd. near 82nd Ave., Ground Floor, Room G-100; Hours: 8:30am to 3:45pm, Mon. through Fri.
  • Staten Island Marriage Bureau: Borough Hall Building, 10 Richmond Terr., Room 311; Hours: 8:30am to 4:00pm, Mon. through Fri.rough Friday

Application Requirements for a New York Marriage License

The future spouses will be asked to fill out an application for a marriage license, which is an affidavit that asks for personal details including name, address, date of birth, social security number, and marital history.

You’ll need a credit card payment or money order in the amount of $35 (payable to “City Clerk of New York”), proof of your identity, and proof of your age if you are, or appear to, be under 18 years old.
Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • A driver's license, learner's permit, or non-driver ID
  • A valid passport
  • Military ID
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Card
  • Employment Authorization Card

A blood test is not required. Your New York marriage license is good for 60 days. Although the marriage license is issued immediately, there is a required waiting period of 24 hours from the time the license is issued. This rule was apparently designed to discourage hasty marital decisions.

Strange Fact from the City Clerk: There is no law against marriage between two cousins in New York State (!).

How to Have an NYC City Hall Wedding Ceremony

In January 2009, the Manhattan Marriage Bureau got a $12.3 million makeover, moving to a 24,000-square-foot historical building with marble and bronze design details from the structure's original 1920s architecture. Along with the old-world charm, the Manhattan Marriage Bureau has 21st-century technology and comfort. You can obtain your marriage license more efficiently with consolidated lines and self-serve computer kiosks. You'll also find a comfortable seating area with video screens and telephone translators with service in 170 languages.

You can get married at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau for only $25 (payable by credit card or money order payable to the City Clerk). Civil marriage ceremonies are performed in the Manhattan office from 8:30am to 3:45pm, Monday through Friday; no reservations or appointments are accepted.

Couples must have valid marriage licenses, identification, and at least one witness over the age of 18 present at the wedding ceremony (the witness must also bring valid identification). After the civil marriage ceremony is performed, a marriage certificate will be issued to you that day. Congratulations!

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