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Brooklyn Marriage License Bureau – Everything you need to know

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If Brooklyn, NY was separated from New York City, it would be the 4th biggest city in the entire United States. The median age of a Brooklyn resident is 34.7 years which is younger than the overall population. This means many people get married in Brooklyn.  If you are one of these people or know one of these Brooklynites who will be getting married here is all you need to know about the getting a Brooklyn Marriage License.

Where to get a Brooklyn Marriage License

To get a Brooklyn Marriage License you have a few different options. You can begin your application online to save time, that always helps. In order to complete the application though, you and your soon to be spouse must appear in person at the City Clerk’s Office of Marriage License Bureau. In Brooklyn, NY you can go to the Brooklyn Marriage License Bureau and apply. It is located at 210 Joralemon St, #205, Brooklyn, NY 11201. They are open 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except on holidays. If you have any questions, you can call the bureau at 718-802-4107.

Since Brooklyn, NY is a municipality of New York State, you can also get a Marriage License at any other New York Clerk’s office. These licenses are valid 24-hours after you receive them and are good for 60 days after that. If you are active duty military personnel, they are valid in New York State for 180 days. The cost of the license is $35 which you can pay on a credit or debit card or by money order.

Application Requirements

If you are 18 years of age you will need valid, unexpired ID to prove it along with a host of other documents at the Brooklyn Marriage License Bureau. Acceptable identification includes a driver’s license (NY or other US State), non-driver photo ID, passport or military ID. When you present your identification, you will also have to verify a whole host of other information about yourself such as, you and your future spouse’s name; current address; city, state, ZIP code and country; country of birth; date of birth; name and country of birth of your parents; Social Security number; and marital history. If one or both of the parties are seventeen, it is possible to receive a Marriage License but you will need written consent from a parent, and written approval of a supreme court justice or a family court judge.

When applying at the Brooklyn Marriage License Bureau, it is very important that if either spouse has been married before, they are no longer legally married. In order to have your application approved, all annulments, divorces, and dissolutions must be finalized before you are granted for a new Marriage License. If you or your future spouse have been married before, you must list all prior marriages on your application. You must include your previous spouse’s full name; the date the divorce decree was granted; and the city, state, and country where the divorce was issued. You may be asked to produce a physical copy of the final divorce decree as well. If you are a widow, meaning your former spouse has passed away, you must produce your deceased spouse’s full name and date of death.

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses in Brooklyn

The New York State Legislature passed the Marriage Equality Act which was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on June 24, 2011, and took effect in all of New York State, including Brooklyn one month later. Since that date, the New York City Clerk and Brooklyn Marriage License Bureau have issued marriage licenses and provided civil marriage ceremonies to same-sex couples. Just like any other Marriage License, State law requires couples to wait 24 hours after receiving a license before they can be married and is valid for 60 days.

All married couples, including same-sex couples, are entitled to more New York State rights and benefits than couples who are registered as domestic partners in Brooklyn.  If a same-sex couple legally enters into marriage in a jurisdiction outside of New York, they are still entitled to the same New York State rights and benefits available to people lawfully married in Brooklyn.

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