Obtaining a Marriage License from the Office of the New York City Clerk.
The fee for a marriage license is $35 by credit card or money order payable to the City Clerk.
A New York State 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 New York can be used anywhere within New York State but may not be used outside New York State.
You can begin the application process to receive a marriage license online via "City Clerk Online". This will speed up the process, which then must be completed in person at the Office of the City Clerk. Regardless of whether you started the application process online, or will be filling out a paper form for a marriage license, you and your prospective spouse must complete the process by appearing at the Office of the City Clerk in person, together and at the same time. Proxy marriage is not permitted in New York, so no other party may apply on behalf of either spouse. You will receive the application from the information desk and you must complete the application in our office. Your marriage license will be processed while you wait. You should carefully read your marriage license to make sure there are no mistakes. You will take the marriage license with you when you leave the office.You must wait a full 24 hours before your marriage ceremony can be performed unless you obtain a Judicial Waiver.
A blood test is not required to obtain a Marriage License in the State of New York.
Name Change Option
You are asked to carefully consider whether to change your surname. Various surname options are listed on the back of the application. You must state your choice of surname on the application. If you elect to make a surname change on your application, the surname change takes legal effect at the conclusion of the Marriage Ceremony. The name change option does not apply to your first name or middle name. If you wish to change your surname through this office after your Marriage Ceremony, you must remarry. Although you may correct mistakes in your Certificate of Marriage Registration, a surname choice is not considered a mistake and cannot be changed through our Amendment process.