Getting legally married in New York State
There are several steps required before a couple can legally be considered married. The link below provides a couple with the information needed to legally obtain a license to web in New York State.
Once the license is obtained it is recognized state wide, so it can be issued from anywhere in New York and the ceremony can take place anywhere within the state of New York. If a couple plans on being married in the State of New
York they must have a New York Marriage License. And if the couple marries outside New York State, they will need to obtain a license from the state they plan on getting married. In other words, If a couple is from out of town, they can not use a license from their home state in New York. Anyone getting married in New York State, requires a New York State license.
To obtain a license a couple will need 2 forms of ID, which can be a birth certificate with a driver’s license or non-driver’s ID or Passport. Review the link for alternative forms of ID.
If you do not have your birth certificate, you can obtain one on the following site:
If anyone was previously married, proof of divorce or termination of partnership in the case o domestic partnership should be presented.
The license is valid for 60 days, however the couple needs to wait 24 hours in New York State before legally getting married. If the couple is in the military, the license is valid for 120 days.
The wedding officiant/minister has 5 days to return the Marriage License to the clerk's office that issued it.
The clerk’s office will then send the couple a Certificate of Marriage via mail. The time frame for the processing of the certificate varies depending on the office and the time of year, however the couple are legally married from the date and time they took their vows as indicated on the Marriage License.
In City of New York, a couple can fill out the marriage certificate online and then go together within 21 days with their ID to pick up their certificate, which is different than Long Island, which needs to be done in person. Here’s the site for NYC online application:
Keep in mind, NYC does not accept CASH, only a $35.00 money order, certified check, or credit card is permitted as payment. However in Long Island, a couple can pay in cash and its $40.
The process for legal marriage is exactly the same for all couples. Here are the facts for same sex:
If a couple is not sure where to get a marriage license, just visit the site below:
There are different regulations for each state. If a couple is not sure of the process, it’s wise to review the regulations before embarking on marriage outside their state of residence. If in doubt, a couple can obtain the license within their state of residence and have a civil service ceremony done. And have a minister perform the wedding ceremony performed at the destination site. This will avoid a lot of conflicts in the end.
Here’s the site to review the process for each state marriage license requirements:
Anyone can do a ceremony for a couple, but individuals who are recognized within the state as official registered can perform legally recognized marriages.
Here’s a copy of information obtained through the following website:
Who can legally perform a marriage ceremony?
To be considered a valid marriage, the marriage ceremony must be performed by any of the individuals listed below as specified in Section 11 of the New York State Domestic Relations Law. The list includes:
The officiant performing the ceremony must be registered with the City of New York in order to perform a ceremony within the New York City limits. The officiant does not have to be a resident of New York State, but must be registered.
Ship captains are not authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in New York State.
If a couple chooses to select an officiant not legally recognized within the state they get married in, the marriage will not be considered legal.
I am registered with the City of New York - Office of the City Clerk #77808. If you have any questions feel free to ask me or contact your local Office of the City Clerk: