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 In New York Ministers must complete a marriage certificate and return it to the town or city clerk who issued the marriage license within 5 days after the marriage. — For questions see the town or city clerk.

To be valid, a marriage ceremony must be performed by any of the individuals specified in Section 11 of the New York State Domestic Relations Law. These include:

  • Various government officials;

  • a member of the clergy or minister who has been officially ordained and granted authority to perform marriage ceremonies from a governing church body in accordance with the rules and regulations of the church body;

  • a member of the clergy or minister who is not authorized by a governing Church body but who has been chosen by a spiritual group to preside over their spiritual affairs;

  • other officiants as specified by Section 11 of the Domestic Relations Law.

  • the person performing the ceremony must be registered with the City of New York in order to perform a ceremony within the New York City limits.

  • officiant does not have to be a resident of New York State.

  • Ship captains are not authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in New York State.


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New York

Marriage License

  • If you apply for a marriage license in New York City, the fee is $35.
  • If you apply for a marriage license anywhere else in the state of New York, the fee is $40.

  • New York State requires all individuals who intend to get married to apply for and obtain a marriage license from any city or town clerk’s office.

New York City Clerks

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


New York Town Clerks

Allegany Batavia
Bath Bristol
Broome Canton
Catskill Chemung
Clarkstown Clinton
Columbia Cortlandt
Deerfield Delaware
Dix Elizabethtown
Fort Edward Geneseo
Goshen Herkimer
Huntington Johnstown
Lake George Lake Pleasant
Lockport Lyons
Malone Malta
New Bremen North Castle
Norwich Onondaga
Orleans Oswego
Owego Potter
Poughkeepsie Putnam Valley
Riverhead Rochester
Rye Schoharie
Thompson Tompkins
Ulster Victor
Warsaw Waterloo
Watertown Wawarsing
Woodbury



Copy of Certificate of Marriage License

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. Additional information can be found on the New York State Department of Health website.


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