A couple who intends to be married in New York State must apply In Person for a marriage license. The application for a license must be signed by both parties in the presence of the Town Clerk. The License will be issued upon completion of the application.
A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of either party. This applies even if the representative has been given the Power of Attorney.
When should we get our license?
Although the marriage license is issued immediately, the marriage ceremony may not take place within 24 hours from the exact time that the license was issued. A marriage license is valid for 60 days, beginning the day after it is issued.
How much does the license cost?
The marriage license costs $40 and can be paid by cash or check.
This fee includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage Registration.
Additional Certificates of Marriage can be obtained by this office for $10 a copy.
What do we need to bring?
Both parties must present to the issuing clerk one item from Column A and one item from Column B
Listed below is the information you will need to fill out the Marriage License Application:
-The application is an Affidavit where both parties must list their Full Name; birth name if different; Surname after marriage; Social Security Number; Current Address; city, state, zip code, and county; Age; Date of Birth; Sex (optional); Employment; usual occupation and type of industry or business; Place of Birth; city, state, and country; Father's name and country of birth, Mother's maiden name and country of birth
-If you were married before, you must list all prior marriages. Divorce decree papers or death certificates are required if applicable. All divorces, annulments, and dissolutions must be finalized before applying for a new marriage license.
-When you sign the Affidavit, you are making a sworn statement that there are no legal impediments to the marriage.