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Do you think getting a marriage license in New York is as confusing as navigating its subway system? Well, surprisingly, this is not the matter. While the rules for marriage licenses vary by state and sometimes county (the time you have to wait to get married, the validity period, the cost, etc.), the process itself is pretty straightforward.

One thing that is true in all areas and that it is important to keep in mind is that a marriage license means that you are allowed to get married and not that you are actually married now. A few days after the ceremony, for things to be official, the officer must submit the certificate (which usually needs to be signed by both spouses, the officer and one or two witnesses aged 18 years or older) to the relevant district office. In most matter, the office will then send you a marriage certificate.

So, now that everything is clear, we describe in advance everything you need to know to get a marriage license in the Big Apple.

Prepare the right paperwork

Before getting a marriage license in the city, according to the New York City clerk, you must first collect the following documents: a suitable ID — a driver’s license, passport, military ID, or U.S. resident card are all acceptable forms of identification—and, if you were previously married, proof that your annulment is final or that your spouse has passed away. You will be asked to list all previous marriages — and dissolution dates — on your marriage proposal.

 

Fill out the application

Once you have collected the documents proving that you have the lawful age of marriage, a US resident, etc., you are ready to officially apply for a license. You can fill out your application online and submit it at the city clerk’s office, or fill it out in person at the office at your appointment. Anyway, you and your fiance both need to be present when you hand over your papers, according to the office. See list of offices, by district, here.

Pay fees

A marriage license in New York costs per couple. When you submit your completed application, you will also be asked to pay this fee. The accepted payment methods include credit cards or money orders on behalf of the city cellar — so do not come with personal checks or cash.

Get Your License and Wait 24 hours,

An employee of the City clerk should hand over your license within the time after receiving your request and payment, depending on the office. Your license is valid for 60 days, but you can not be hitched for 24 hours after it is issued, unless you receive a court waiver. After that, do not hesitate to get married somewhere in the state — your license is invalid outside the state of New York.

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