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Your Rochester Marriage License
Where to get a marriage license for your Rochester wedding
Your Rochester Marriage License
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 Clerkâ€™s Office for current fees and requirements. The City Clerkâ€™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. Driverâ€™s license
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).
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.
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