How to get married in NYC: Process, Documents & more 💍 💐
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This post has been updated on February 8, 2024 to reflect the city’s updated fees and payment options.
Congratulations on your engagement! Since you’re reading this article, we assume that you’re thinking of getting married in New York. Best. Idea. Ever. There’s no better place to tie the knot than New York! If you’re unsure about the process, let us reassure you, sealing the deal in New York is not as complicated as it seems.
Our team has helped many couples on this exciting journey and we want to share with you the process, what documents you need and the necessary steps to get your marriage approved abroad. Here’s how to get married in NYC!
Skip to the step you’re most interested in: Marriage License – Ceremony and Marriage Certificate – Marriage Record for Foreign Use and Apostille – How to get married at any location in New York – LGBTQ+ (Marriage Equality)
How to get married in NYC: Step 1
Pre-Wedding Day: Marriage License
Before your official wedding day, it is required that you obtain a marriage license at the Office of the City Clerk. Signing and handing in the document does not get you married. In short, this legal form is like an application to allow two people to get married and must be issued by a governmental authority. You’ll receive the license within moments of submitting the papers. You are now required to wait at least 24 hours before you can get married in New York. The license is valid for 60 days.
Where can you get a marriage license in NYC: Office of the City Clerk
Residents with an NYC.ID card can apply online: Check out Projectcupid
Required documents: Valid ID (Driver’s License, Passport, etc.), ESTA/VISA if applicable, Certificate of Divorce if applicable (translated into English and notarized if it’s a foreign document)
Who needs to sign: Both spouses. Need a witness? Take advantage of our wedding witness service.
Fees: $35 – payable via credit card or money order, payable to the City Clerk
How to get married in NYC: Step 2
Wedding Day: Ceremony and Marriage Certificate
Once you’ve obtained your marriage license and at least 24 hours have passed, you can finally say yes in your favorite dress! The ceremony will be held at the Office of the City Clerk, the same building where you got the marriage license. Upon arrival you will have to check in with the City Clerk and present your marriage license. You will then be admitted for the ceremony and assigned a number. Once that number is called you can enter the ceremony room with your family (no more than 20 people are allowed).
Time to get married in New York! The ceremony itself is rather short (about 2 minutes), so make sure you have your cameras ready. After a few words from the wedding officiant, it’s time to exchange the rings and a hearty kiss. The officiant will then hand you your marriage certificate and that’s it. You’re officially married!
Where’s the ceremony: Office of the City Clerk
Required documents: Valid ID (Passport, etc.), ESTA/VISA if applicable and Marriage License
Who needs to be present: Both spouses and at least one witness (18 or older). Need a witness? Take advantage of our wedding witness service.
Fees: $25 – payable via credit card or money order, payable to the City Clerk
How to get married in NYC: Step 3
Marriage Record for Foreign Use and Apostille
We get it – All you want to do is celebrate! But as a foreigner you need to complete 3 more steps so your marriage will be recognized in your home country. Don’t worry though, this final process won’t complicate your dream of getting married in New York. We are nearly there!
First you need to file an application to receive a marriage record for foreign use (extended certificate). This will be done in the same building (Office of the City Clerk) and a fee of $35 applies.
You’ll get the marriage record for foreign use right away. Take this document and head straight to the County Clerk’s Office at 60 Centre St to get the City Clerk’s signature authenticated. A fee of $3 applies (cash only).
Last step! Go to 123 William Street and get your Apostille. In a nutshell, the Apostille authenticates your marriage records and allows for your marriage to be accepted in your home country. A fee of $10 applies (money order only) and you should get the Apostille right away.
That’s a wrap! Now you can celebrate as well 🎉
How to get married in NYC…
outside of the City Clerk’s Office?
Want to get married in Central Park? Or maybe on top of the Empire State Building? Nothing easier than that! Once you’ve arranged the location, all you have to do is find and book an officiant registered with the Office of the City Clerk. Feel free to contact us, we are happy to be your officiant.
We’re in New York! Same-sex marriage is legally recognized and comes with the same rights and responsibilities as opposite-sex marriages. Go ahead and pick the day!
Now you know how to get married in NYC! It’s really not that complicated. However, if you’re still having doubts or questions, feel free to connect with us. We’ve helped many couples on their journey to seal the deal in the Big Apple.