Marrying in New York

Whether you're coming to NYC to marry, or you live in the Metro area, congratulations!  And don't worry, others have come before you and this information has helped them just like it will help you navigate the sometimes murky waters of NY/NYC marriage regulations - and more! (You can supplement this information with that found in the "Helpful Link" button on the site menu.) 

Locations where you can go for a marriage license are found at the end of this article.

Here are the essentials:

1.   If you want to get married in New York State you will need a New York State Marriage License. Both applicants must apply in person to any town or city clerk in the state.

2.   A marriage license can be obtained if both applicants are over age 18

3.   An applicant who is 16 or 17 years of age must present the written consent of both his or her parents.

4.   An applicant who is 14 or 15 years of age must present the written consent of both parents and a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the Family Court having jurisdiction over the town or city in which the application is made.

5.   Both applicants must provide proof of age to the issuing clerk. This proof can include one of the following: birth certificate, baptismal record, naturalization record, or census record.

6.   Both applicants must provide proof of identity to the issuing clerk. This proof can include one of the following: driver's license, passport, employment picture id, or immigration record.

7.   A premarital physical examination or blood test isn't required.

8.   A marriage license is valid for 60 days from the date it is issued.

9.   You must wait 24 hours after your marriage license is issued to get married.

What You Need:
        ¥       Proof of Age (see Step 5)
        ¥       Proof of ID (see Step 6)

This great overview was written by
Dawn Rosenberg McKay in her article "How To Get a Marriage License in New York State" on

Nassau County Clerk's Offices

Town of Oyster Bay  
 Town Clerk's Office
 Town Hall North
 54 Audrey Avenue
 Oyster Bay, New York 11771
 (516) 624-6332

Town of Hempstead 
 Town Clerk's Office
 One Washington Street
 1st Floor
 Hempstead, NY 11550
 (516) 489-5000

Town of North Hempstead
 Town Clerk's Office
 200 Plandome Road
 Box 3000
 Manhasset, NY 11030
 (516) 869-7646

City of Glen Cove   
 Glen Cove City Hall
 9 Glen Street
 Glen Cove, NY 11542
 (516) 676-3345

City of Long Beach  
 City Clerk's Office
 City Hall Room 307
 1 West Chester Street
 Long Beach, NY 11561
 516-431-1000 Extension 314

Sufflok County Clerk's Offices

Babylon Town Hall (No Court) 957-3000 200 East Sunrise Highway Lindenhurst, New York 11757

Brookhaven Town Hall (No Court) 451-9100 1 Independence Hill Farmingville, New York 11738

East Hampton Town Hall 324-8787 159 Pantigo Road East Hampton, New York 11937

HUNTINGTON TOWN: Huntington Town Hall (Only Traffic Court) 351-3014 100 Main Street Huntington, New York 11743

Islip Town Hall (No Court)
224-5500 655 Main Street Islip, New York 11751

Riverhead Town Justice Court 727-3200 Ext. 245 210 Howell Avenue Riverhead, New York 11901

Shelter Island Town Hall 749-8989 North Ferry Road P.O. Box 970 Shelter Island, New York 11964

Smithtown Town Hall (No Court) 360-7600 99 West Main Street P.O. Box 575 Smithtown, New York 11787

Southampton Town Justice 283-6017 116 Hampton Road Southampton, New York 11968

Southold Town Hall 765-1852 53095 Main Road Southold, New York 11971

NYC Borough Offices

 Manhattan Office
 Victor L. Robles, City Clerk - Clerk of the Council
 Municipal Building
 1 Centre Street, 2nd Floor South
 New York, NY 10007
 Telephone Number is (212) 669-2400

Bronx Office
 Dolores DeCrescenzo, Deputy City Clerk
 Supreme Court Building
 851 Grand Concourse
 Bronx, New York 10451
 Telephone Number is (718) 590-5307

Brooklyn Office
 Johnnie Johnson, Deputy City Clerk
 Municipal Building
 210 Joralemon Street, 2nd Floor, Room 205
 Brooklyn, New York 11201
 Telephone Number is (718) 802-4107

Queens Office
 Dora Young, Deputy City Clerk
 Borough Hall Building
 120-55 Queens Blvd.
 Kew Gardens, New York 11424
 Telephone Number is (718) 286-2846

Staten Island Office
 Marie R. Lennon, Deputy City Clerk
 Borough Hall Building
 10 Richmond Terrace, 3rd Floor, Room 311
 Staten Island, New York 10301
 Telephone Number is (718) 816-2290

Important Disclaimer:

The above information is from the internet, which sometimes includes information that is out of date or otherwise inaccurate. I highly recommend that you call ahead to confirm (1) that the office you have selected will help you, (2) office hours, (3) documents needed, and (4) means of payment - which varies depending upon the office. You want to avoid two trips!!

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Pastor Bill serves families in the Greater New York area including Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk County), Queens, Brooklyn, New York City (Manhattan), and Westchester County. If you’re thinking of using a Judge for your wedding, or a Justice of the Peace – or if you’re thinking of going to city hall for your wedding – or perhaps you’re working on a last minute wedding plan – in any case, Pastor Bill would love to speak with you. Pastor Bill is also available for families that have suffered the loss of a loved one and are planning a funeral.

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