How to Apply For a Marriage License in NYC

If you’re set on getting married in New York City, you must first apply for a marriage license in NYC at one of the borough City Clerk’s Offices (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx or Staten Island) or elsewhere in New York State (such as Long Island or upstate). The marriage license application process is done in two parts, one online and one in person. Here’s how to apply for a marriage license NYC:

[Note: Due to Covid-19, all NYC Marriage Bureaus are temporarily closed. Click here for a guide to applying for a marriage license online through Project Cupid.]


How to apply for a marriage license in NYC:

No more than 60 days before your ceremony date, you must obtain a marriage license.  Couples can either begin the application online and later finish at the New York City Clerk’s Office (note: online applications are only valid for 21 days), or you can complete the entire process down at the City Clerk’s Office. Note that you must have your marriage license at least 24 hours before you get married.


Where to Go to Get a Marriage License:

There is a Marriage Bureau in each borough (see here for locations), but the Manhattan branch is located at 141 Worth Street. The Manhattan location is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 3:45pm. Typically the busiest time is around the noon lunch-hour, and all day on Friday. If you can, I’d recommend going earlier in the day (before 10am) sometime Monday-Thursday.


What to Bring to a Marriage License Appointment:

Both parties must bring government-issued photo IDs that show your photo, name, date of birth (you must be 18 or older to get married in the U.S.) and address, such as a passport or driver’s license. A list of accepted IDs can be found here.


Cost of a Marriage License in New York:

Marriage licenses cost $35, and can be paid via credit card or money order. Note that the cash is not accepted.



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