Q: What’s the process for getting a marriage license in New York City?

Many couples want to know about the paperwork involved with getting married.  I think this part can be really fun, and I suggest taking photos of yourselves when you go to City Hall. Many of my couples are already married (at City Hall) before their ceremony.

Between 60 days and 24 hours before your wedding, head to your City Hall with the following…

Acceptable forms of ID:

  • Driver License with photograph (from the United States of America or any of its territories)
  • Non-Driver Identification Card with photograph (from the United States of America or any of its territories)
  • Learner Permit with photograph (from the United States of America or any of its territories)
  • Active United States Military Identification Card
  • Passport
  • United States Certificate of Naturalization (good for 10 years after date of issue)
  • United States Alien Registration Card
  • United States Employment Authorization Card

Here is a link for locations of clerk’s offices: http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/about/office.shtml

The fee for a Marriage License is $35 by credit card or money order payable to the City Clerk.  No blood test is required.

My favorite part about City Hall is the people watching.  You will see people being married right there, in all manners of dress.  The mood is usually very high, and what I love most is how unlike the DMV this trip will be! My suggestion is to get there pretty early; the security line will be a little shorter.

At your wedding, you will have one or two witnesses sign with you and your officiant.  Your officiant will then mail in the certificate and you’ll receive your license in 5-10 weeks. One thing to consider is whether you want to sign it before or after your wedding. Many couples sign before (with the officiant signing after) so that you have time with your guests afterwards.  Some couples make the signing as part of their ceremony, which is always a very sweet, quiet time for guests to reflect on what they are witnessing, and for the couple and their witnesses to really have it sink in.

Congratulations!

xo,
Carissa 
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