How to obtain a marriage license in NYC?
This is the most common question we get; Where to start?
Here is an easy step-by-step guide.
Prepare your paperwork
- Proof of age and identity: valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or U.S. resident’s, if you were married before - proof that your divorce is final or your spouse passed away.
- Credit/debit card or money order payable to City Clerk
Start your online application on Project Cupid. You will need paperwork from Step One, also you will answer some personal questions to verify your identity.
Schedule a meeting with the City Clerk to review your application.
Important: other couples have reported, that there is a wait time, sometimes up to a month to meet with the City Clerk, so plan your ceremony date accordingly.
At the end of the application, you would need to make a payment of $35. You may use a credit/debit card, or money order payable to City Clerk, they would not accept cash or checks.
Ceremony time! Your Marriage license is valid for 60 days and you may tie your knot after 24 hours you have received it.
Tip from our couple:
Some couples find that it is much faster to get a marriage license in close-by towns in upstate NY, by the law State issued marriage license may be used anywhere within the state borders.