|~ New York State ~
~ Marriage License Information ~
|While the depths of
love you and your
beloved share run far
deeper than mere
words can ever hope to
express, there is still
the licensing and
paperwork, held so
dear by the laws of
man and state, to be
dealt with. Yes, ever
since the beginning of
time it seems that
when it comes to
marriage there was
always a contract!
|The New York State Marriage License
This link is to the New York State Department of Health and the information there is straight
from the horses mouth so to speak, on how to get married in New York State.
The license is a state wide license, so it can be issued from anywhere in New York and the
ceremony can take place anywhere in the state. If you are being married in the State of New
York you must have a New York Marriage License. If you are from out of town, a license
from your home state cannot be used in New York.
You will need 2 forms of ID for Long Island Town and City Halls.
This means Birth certificate or Baptismal Certificate plus Drivers License or Passport.
See link above for alternate forms of ID.
The City of New York now accepts a single piece of ID if it's a Passport or Drivers License.
See link below for more NYC information.
If you or your fiancé were previously married you will need proof of the divorce
Where do you get that? Here ya go! http://www.health.ny.gov/vital_records/divorce.htm
The license is good for 60 days, but takes 24 hours to mature.
Your officiant has 5 days to return the Marriage License to the clerk's office that issued it.
The clerk then sends the couple a Certificate of Marriage. Processing time depends on the
office and the time of year, however you are legally married from the date and time you took
your vows, as indicated on the Marriage License.
The City of New York is different than Long Island on some points.
They offer a service where you can fill out the marriage online,
then go there together within 20 days with your ID to pick it up.
(City of NY City Clerk's Website)
NYC does NOT TAKE CASH $35.00 money order, certified check, or credit card.
On LI it's $40.00 and cash is good.
Same Sex Couples, Yes it is all the same for you too!
Except what to do about your taxes for that click here
Lost your original Birth Certificate? No problem here's where to get a replacement:
Where do you go to get a Marriage License? Click below for a list
City and Town Hall Locations
Changing Your Name
Not just for the gay and lesbian couples any more! Especially since New York State now
issues marriage licenses to same sex couples. Many heterosexual couples buy a home and have
joint assets before they are married, and like the security that a domestic partnership provides.
This link is to the website of The City Clerk's Office. There's a link to the left called "domestic
partnership" that defines what a domestic partnership is and gives the details on how to get one
In October of 2006 Suffolk County began a county wide registry. What does that mean? It
means less benefits than Marriage, but it usually means health insurance and some degree of
protection and integration under the law. For details see the link below
For more information call 631-852-2000
Getting Married in New Jersey?
Here's a link for you. Your license is good for six months and takes 72 hours to mature. Print
the forms before you go to the clerk and save some time.
Some Honeymoon locations give you free stuff with proof that you are indeed on your
Honeymoon. But never give anyone a copy of your license without first taking a big black
magic marker to your mothers maiden name and your social security number. Everything
needed for identity theft is on that document.
Please be advised that there are precedent setting cases in New York State and Nationally,
where thousands of couples who were married by internet ordained clergy, and others who had
no physical congregation, or whose physical congregations did not meet the states criteria,
were ruled never legally married, even after the certificate came from the state stating the
opposite. See McKinney's Law, New York State Domestic Law, Ravenel vs Ravenel, or
consult your lawyer for more details. I'm not trying to sell you anything, and I'm not
suggesting that if you have chosen a friend to marry you that you change who you have
performing the public celebration of your marriage. But the paperwork is another matter.
Leaving a back door open is no way to enter into a life long commitment unless of course you
are not sure that you want to be married. The fee at the City Clerks Office in Manhattan is
$25.00 and most Long Island town clerks have a day where they will perform ceremonies for
town residents. Babylon's is Thursday mornings and it is at no charge to the couple. Please
call your local town hall for more details. Protect yourselves and your future by making this
Where can you ask if I am legally able to marry you?
There is no such thing as a State wide registration. NYC is the only place that actually checks
an officiant's authority. I am registered with the City of New York - Office of the City Clerk
as Officiant #9484
(I feel like such an old lady!
New officiants are getting numbers that are almost twice that long)
click here for documentation
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