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Getting a Marriage License and getting Legally Married in the Unite States:

  1. Both applicants must bring identification, necessary paperwork, fees, and sometimes blood test results to the county clerk.
  2. The marriage license is either mailed or picked up by the couple.
  3. There is sometimes a waiting period, depending on your state.
  4. You are married by someone legally allowed to do so in your state.
  5. That person, usually two witnesses, and sometimes the newlyweds sign the marriage license.
  6. The marriage license is returned to the county clerk’s office.
  7. About a week later, copies of the certified marriage certificate can be purchased from the clerk’s office.

It’s really not that complicated a process, but it seems so since the laws vary so greatly from state to state. Here is an overview of what popular wedding destinations require.

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Getting a Marriage License and getting Legally Married in the Unite States:

  1. Both applicants must bring identification, necessary paperwork, fees, and sometimes blood test results to the county clerk.
  2. The marriage license is either mailed or picked up by the couple.
  3. There is sometimes a waiting period, depending on your state.
  4. You are married by someone legally allowed to do so in your state.
  5. That person, usually two witnesses, and sometimes the newlyweds sign the marriage license.
  6. The marriage license is returned to the county clerk’s office.
  7. About a week later, copies of the certified marriage certificate can be purchased from the clerk’s office.

It’s really not that complicated a process, but it seems so since the laws on marriage vary so greatly from state to state. Here is an overview of what popular wedding destinations require.

 

New York Marriage Licenses

Where to apply A town or city clerk

Fees? $35 within the five (5) boroughs of New York City.
$40 outside of New York City.

Documents needed Documents showing both identification – such as a driver’s license or passport – and age – such as a birth certificate or naturalization record.

Marriage License valid for: 60 days

Waiting period or residency necessary: 24 hours waiting period; Non-residents cannot obtain a marriage license if said marriage would be void in their state.

 

Albany Amsterdam
Auburn Batavia
Beacon Binghamton
Brooklyn Bronx
Buffalo Canandaigua
Cohoes Corning
Cortland Dunkirk
Elmira Fulton
Geneva Glen Cove
Glens Falls Gloversville
Hornell Hudson
Ithaca Jamestown
Johnstown Kingston
Lackawanna Little Falls
Lockport Long Beach
Manhattan Mechanicville
Middletown Mount Vernon
New Rochelle Newburgh
Niagara Falls N. Tonawanda
Norwich Ogdensburg
Olean Oneida
Oneonta Oswego
Peekskill Plattsburgh
Port Jervis Poughkeepsie
Queens Rensselaer
Rochester Rome
Rye Salamanca
Saratoga Springs Schenectady
Sherrill Staten Island
Syracuse Tonawanda
Troy Utica
Watertown Watervliet
White Plains Yonkers

 

If you are having a destination wedding, or getting married in a state other than where you live, you’ll also want to find out about residency requirements in the law of marriage (how long you must be in the county before you can apply).

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