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Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a Yates County marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.

It is important that you verify all information with the Yates County Town Clerk before making any wedding or travel plans.

Yates Town Clerk

Yates Town Clerk
1226 Phelps Road
Penn Yan, NY 14527
(716) 554-6758
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. / M, T, Th
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. / Sat
Closed for holidays Observed by Yates County

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Marriage License Fees in Yates County:

The cost for getting married in Yates County is approximately $40.00 - $50.00.

Some other locales will not accept cash or personal checks and require a money order. Check with the Yates Town Clerk for clarifications in the requirements before you leave home to apply for your marriage license.

Duration of the Marriage License:

Yates County marriage license is valid for 60 days (except for active military personnel, for whom the validity runs for 180 days). A Marriage License issued in Yates County can be used anywhere within New York State but may not be used outside New York State.

Application Procedure:

Listed below are the general steps and rules of the application process.

Required Information:

Listed below is the information you will need to fill out the Marriage License Application:

Proper Identification:

You and your prospective spouse must have proper identification in order to apply for a Marriage License.

Eight forms of identification are accepted. Expired identification is not accepted.

If you do not possess any of the above forms of identification, you may contact the Legal Bureau of the Office of the City Clerk in person or by writing to:

Office of the City Clerk
Legal Bureau
141 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013

Blood Test Not Required:

A blood test is not required to obtain a Marriage License in Yates County.

Residency Requirement:

You do not have to be a resident of Yates County.

Previous Marriages:

If previously married, you must show certified documents on how your previous marriage ended.

If a couple is already legally married to one another, and they want to have a second wedding ceremony, and if an officiant requires a marriage license, the couple may apply for a second or subsequent license from the town or city clerk where they were married.

Proxy Marriages:


Cousin Marriages:


Common Law Marriages:


Same Sex Marriages:

Yes. Yates County does recognize same-sex marriages.

Name Change Options:

Please carefully consider whether to change your surname.
Learn more about Name Change Options
Learn more about Domestic Relations Law

Duplicate Marriage License:

Under the Age of Eighteen:

If either you or your prospective spouse is under the age of 18 years, you are required to have written parental consent to obtain a Marriage License.

Judicial Waiver

Officiants in New York:

According to Section 11 of the Domestic Relations Law, an officiant must be an authorized, officially ordained member of the clergy or a public official in the State of New York such as a mayor, city clerk, deputy city clerk, appointed marriage officer, justice, or judge. In New York City, an officiant must be registered with the City of New York. Ship captains can not perform marriage ceremonies in New York State.


A marriage ceremony must have at least one witness. Yates County requires witnesses to be at least 18 years of age.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

Vital Records Section
New York State Department of Health
Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York 12237-0023

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Check with Yates Town Clerk for changes and clarifications in the requirements before you leave home to apply for your marriage license.

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