How to Apply
You and your future spouse must appear together in person with proper ID and payment at the City Clerk’s office to complete the application for a Marriage License.
The application includes your:
- Birth place
- Date of birth
- Social Security number
- Marital history
You will make a sworn statement that there are no legal barriers to you getting married. You do not need blood tests to get a marriage license.
If you provide all necessary documents, you will get a Marriage License on the same day.
Providing Marital History
If you were married before, you need to list all prior marriages on the Marriage License application, including your former spouse's full name, the date the divorce was granted, and the place you filed the divorce. The City Clerk's office may ask you to provide the final divorce decree. All divorces, annulments, and dissolutions must be finalized before you can apply for a new Marriage License.
If your spouse is deceased, you must provide his/her full name and date of death.
You and your future spouse must bring valid identification when applying for a Marriage License. Expired forms of identification will not be accepted, no exceptions.
The following forms of identification are accepted:
- Driver's license (from the United States or one of its territories)
- Non driver's identification card (from the United States or one of its territories)
- Learner's permit from New York State only
- United States Military Identification Card
- A valid passport from any country
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (issued within the past 10 years)
- United States Alien Registration Card with expiration date
- Employment authorization card issued by the United States immigration authorities
The fee for a Marriage License is $35. You can pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or a money order payable to the City Clerk.
Surname Change Options
Various surname options are listed on the back of the Marriage License application. You must state your choice of surname on the application. If you choose to make a surname change on your application, the surname change takes legal effect at the conclusion of the marriage ceremony. The name change option does not apply to your first name or middle name.
Although you may correct mistakes in your Certificate of Marriage Registration, a surname choice is not considered a mistake and cannot be changed through the usual amendment process. If you wish to change your surname through the City Clerk’s office after your marriage ceremony, you must remarry.
The Marriage Equality Act allows same-sex couples to marry legally in New York State. Same-sex couples can go to a City Clerk's office in any borough to apply for a Marriage License or begin the application process online.
Learn more about applying for a Marriage License.