New York Marriage License Guideline

1.Hire an officiant

Book your ceremony date here and you will get an Elopement Specialist and an officiant that will work with you to make the below even easier. They will provide you their information for the marriage application.


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2.Get an appointment

You can set up an in-person or online appointment to get your marriage license. Click below to schedule. Please note that in-person appointments are only given by appointment, and if you’re late, you might not be able to get in.


Your marriage license is good for 60 days. It’s important to know that a New York Marriage License can be used anywhere in the state of New York, but not outside of it.


3.Tell your officiant when your appointment is.

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4. Filling out the marriage license

Start the process of getting a Marriage License online before your appointment. You and your future spouse must both fill out the application in person or online, at the same time. You will need to bring a valid ID like a driver’s license or passport, as well as proof of your current marital status like a divorce decree or death certificate if either party is divorced or widowed.

You will have the option of changing your last name or middle name. If you choose to change your name, the change becomes legal at the end of your wedding ceremony.


5.Go to your appointment to apply for a marriage license.

Take the following with you.

You, your partner, and your witness must bring their unexpired Identification and the following documents.

  • If you were previously married, you must provide a copy of your divorce decree or a copy of your former spouse’s death certificate.
  • Social security number if U.S. citizen or  Permanent Resident

After you apply for the license, you must wait until the date printed on the top right-hand corner, before you can get married. 

The cost of obtaining a N.Y. marriage license is $35


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6. The ceremony

There are only a few requirements for having the ceremony in New York.

  • There must be a formal declaration of consent before the officiant and witnesses.

  • The minister is to fill out and look over the marriage license.

  • The witness, couple, and officiant must be physically present.

7. After the ceremony

After your wedding, we’ll send the license to the county clerk’s office to be registered, and you’ll get a signed copy of the marriage certificate in the mail.

  • Even if you change your name using the marriage license you are still responsible for notifying the appropriate offices. Please read the blog about changing names.


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