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Where can I get a marriage license?

A couple who intends to be married in New York State must apply in person for a marriage license to any town or city clerk in the state. The application for a license must be signed by both the bride and groom in the presence of the town or city clerk. A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of the bride or groom. This applies even if the representative has been given the Power of Attorney. Notarized marriage license affidavits signed by the bride or groom cannot be substituted for their personal appearance.

What is the cost of a marriage license?

If the marriage license is issued by a town or city clerk in New York State outside of New York City, it costs $40. This fee includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage Registration. This certificate is automatically sent by the issuing clerk to the applicants within 15 days after the completed license is returned by the officiant (person who performs the marriage ceremony). It serves as notice that a record of the marriage is on file. Couples who do not receive a Certificate of Marriage Registration within four weeks of the wedding should contact the town or city clerk who issued the license.
If the license is to be issued by the City Clerk of the City of New York, please contact the New York City Clerk’s Office for current fees and requirements. The City Clerk’s Office can be reached by phone: dial 311 (Or 212-NEW-YORK from outside the five boroughs of NYC) or via the New York City Marriage Bureau web site at http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov.

What are the residency requirements for New York?

None. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of New York to obtain a marriage license that is valid statewide.

What is Required as Proof of Age and Identity

A person is required to establish proof of age and identity by submitting to the issuing clerk one of the following age related documents:

1. Birth Certificate
2. Baptismal record
3. Naturalization record
4. Census record

And one of the following identity related documents:

1. Driver’s license
2. Passport
3. Employment picture ID
4. Immigration record

Is there a waiting period from the application date to the date the license is issued?

No, you will receive your license immediately.

Is there a waiting period from the date the license is issued to the date I am allowed to marry?

Yes, there is a mandatory 1 day waiting period.

What is the minimum age a man or woman may marry?

You must be 18 years old or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parents or legal guardians must be present. If a parent can not be present, due to death, separation, divorce or other circumstances, proper evidence must be presented for verification. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

How long does a marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 60 days from the date it is issued.

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse's death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. A copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered online.

What's the process of legally changing my last name after marriage?

Following your wedding ceremony, you will receive a marriage certificate, proving that you are legally married. This certificate will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need when you begin the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

Miscellaneous Questions

Are proxy marriages legal?

No, marriage by proxy is not allowed.

Are cousin marriages legal?

Yes, cousin marriages are allowed.

Are common law marriages legal?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed.

Are same sex marriages legal?

No, same-sex marriages are not allowed.

County Clerk Address and Phone Number List

Albany Town Clerk
24 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207
518-487-5100
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Allegany Town Clerk
14 Clara Barton St
Dansville, NY 14813
716-335-2330
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Batavia County Clerk
P.O. Box 379
Batavia, NY 14021
716-343-1729
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Bath Town Clerk
3 East Pulteney Square
Bath, NY 14810
607-776-7013
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Bristol Town Clerk
6740 County Road 32
Canadaigua, NY 14424
716-229-2400
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Bronx City Clerk
210 Joralemon St, Ste 205
Bronx, NY 10457
718-802-3585
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Buffalo Town Clerk
25 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202
716-851-5444
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Canton Town Clerk
864 State Highway 68
Canton, NY 13617
315-386-8311
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Catskill County Clerk
Court House Main St
Catskill, NY 12414
518-943-2141
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Cattaraugus County Clerk
303 Court St
Little Valley, NY 14755
716-257-9288
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Cayuga Town
Clerks Office- P.O. Box 616
Auburn, NY 13021
315-253-9021
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Chemung County Clerk
1255 W Water St
Elmira, NY 14902
607-734-2031
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Clarkstown Town Clerk
31 Chambers St
New City, NY 10007
914-639-2010
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Clinton Town Clerk
137 Margaret St
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
518-563-8100
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Columbia County Clerk
Court House, Union St
Hudson, NY 12534
518-828-4656
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Cortland County Clerk
P.O. Box 5590
Cortland, NY 13045
607-756-6521
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Deerfield Town Clerk
6329 Walker Rd
Utica, NY 13501
315-724-0413
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Delaware County Clerk
P.O. Box 426- Court St.
Delhi, NY 13753
607-746-2236
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Dix Town Clerk
304 7th St
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
607-535-9125
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Elizabethtown Town Clerk
1 Main St, Court House
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
518-873-6555
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Fort Edward Town Clerk
118 Broadway
Fort Edward, NY 12828
518-747-5212
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Geneseo Town Clerk
119 Main St
Geneseo, NY 14454
716-243-0722
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Goshen Town Clerk
41 Webster Ave
Goshen, NY 10924
914-294-6250
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Herkimer Town Clerk
P.O. Box 111
Herkimer, NY 13350
315-866-2690
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Johnstown County Clerk
223 West Main St
Johnstown, NY 12095
518-762-7070
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Lake George Town Clerk
Old Post Road
Lake George, NY 12845
518-668-5722
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Lake Pleasant County Clerk
County Court House, Rte 8
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108
518-548-3625
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Lockport Town Clerk
175 Hawley St
Lockport, NY 14094
716-439-9524
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Lyons Town Clerk
76 William St
Lyons, NY 14489
315-946-6252
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Malone Town Clerk
63 West Main St
Malone, NY 12953
518-483-4740
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Malta Town Clerk
2540 State Route 9
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
518-899-2552
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Manhattan Town Clerk
The Municipal Building
1 Centre Street
2nd Floor South
New York, NY 10007
212-669-8898
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Mohawk Town Clerks Office
New County Bldg Broadway
2 Park St
Fonda, NY 12068
518-853-3031
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New Bremen Town Clerk
7660 State St
Lowville, NY 13367
315-376-2641
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North Castle Town Clerk
15 Bedford Rd
Armonk, NY 10504
914-273-3321
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Norwich Town Clerk
5 Court St
Norwich, NY 13815
607-334-1220
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Oneida Town Clerk
New Hartford, NY
315-733-7500, ext. 2322
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Onondaga Town Clerk
4801 W Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-469-1583
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Orleans Town Clerk
Court House Sq.
1 Main St
Albion, NY 14411
716-589-5100
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Oswego Town Clerk
2320 County Route 7
Osewego, NY 13120
315-343-2586
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Owego Town Clerk
2354 Route 434
Owego, NY 13827
607-687-2194
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Potter Town Clerk
1226 Phelps Rd
Penn Yan, NY 14527
716-554-6758
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Poughkeepsie Town Clerk
22 Market St
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
914-485-3620
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Putnam Town Clerk
2 County Center
Carmel, NY 10512
914-225-2067
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Queens Town Clerk
120-55 Queens Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11435
718-520-3137
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Riverhead Town Clerk
210 Howell Ave
Riverhead, NY 11901
516-727-3200
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Rochester Town Clerk
50 Scenic Rd
Accord, NY 12404
914-626-7384
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Rye Town Clerk
10 Pearl St
Port Chester, NY 10573
914-939-3570
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Schenactady Town Clerk
620 State St
Schenectady, NY 12305
518-384-0036
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Schoharie Town Clerk
12157 Main St
Schoharie, NY 12157
518-295-7677
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Staten Island Town Clerk
Richmond County Court House
10 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-816-2290
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Thompson Town
Clerk's Office
4052 State Route 42
Monticello, NY 12701
914-794-2500
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Tompkins Town Clerk
126 E Seneca St
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-1721
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Troy Town Clerk
Court House
Congress & 2nd St
Troy, NY 12180
518-279-3461
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Ulster Town Clerk
1 Town Hall Rd
Lake Katrine, NY 12449
914-382-2455
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Warsaw Town Clerk Office
27 N Main St
Warsaw, NY 14569
716-786-2800
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Waterloo Town Clerk
66 N Virginia St
Waterloo, NY 13165
315-539-3080
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Watertown Town Clerk
25859 New York State Rt 37
Watertown, NY 13601
315-785-9793
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Woodbury Town Clerk
Route 32
Highland Mills, NY 10930
914-928-6323
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