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M arriage Quick Guide (NYC)


Please read this Guide to better understand how to obtain your Marriage License and Marriage Certificate in New York City. The information within this Guide is very detailed including a Link to the New York City Clerk's Office website Project Cupid. On this page, there are step by step instructions on how to fill out the Marriage License Application along with other important information.

Getting married in New York City is a two–step process: The first step is obtaining a Marriage License and after 24 hours, you can complete the second step

by having a ceremony. In order to get your marriage license, you must first visit the New York City Clerk's website called Project Cupid and create an Account.

Click the Link Here and follow the Steps.


Complete your online application and receive a confirmation number

By clicking “START APPLICATION NOW”, you will be redirected to the City Clerk's Marriage License application. When the application is complete, return to the Link Here with your confirmation number and proceed.


Log in with an NYC.ID account or apply for one

An NYC.ID account is required to complete this process. You can log in with an existing account or create a new one. You will need the confirmation number you received via email after completing your application.



Get verified online

In order to complete this process, both parties must provide documentation to confirm their identities and marital status. You’ll also need to answer a few personal questions to help them confirm that it's you.



Pay a Marriage License fee

Payment of the $35 Marriage License fee will be required with your credit card.



Schedule a meeting with the City Clerk to review your application

Schedule an appointment that works for you from the available time slots.



Mail your signed Marriage License

After your marriage ceremony, mail your completed, signed Marriage License with original signatures of all parties, to:

Office of the City Clerk
Attention: Marriage License Returns
141 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013



Simply follow all of these instructions and make sure you make copies of everything, including online forms, all documents, and money orders. Also take notes of dates and times when you submitted everything and who you spoke with. Just an FYI, getting an online appointment with the City Clerk’s Office is not always easy, especially as the City Clerk’s Office does not always post new available dates as fast as one might need. This means that for couples searching for an open date within a desired time frame, finding one can be a tedious task! Such couples can sometimes end up checking their Project Cupid profiles and the calendars there relentlessly in search of an open date that could work for them. This, of course, can be quite stressful, especially if the couple may already have booked a ceremony date!

This is why we recommend trying the following suggestion: The City Clerk's Office now releases new available slots every Thursday at 9am EST, so make sure to check your Project Cupid calendar at this time!)  Additionally, just so you know, to obtain a NY Marriage License online, you have to physically be present in New York. Even if you have a state issued ID, according to the City Clerk’s rules, you have to physically be residing in New York when applying, and your appointment for a license will consist of a video conference in which you will be asked about your location and the City Clerk will verify all the information you provided when registering at Project Cupid. The procedure typically takes about 10-20 minutes. Once, however, you pass the interview with a representative from the Clerk’s Office, your digital marriage license will be available for downloading right from your Project Cupid’s profile.

Be aware, however, of the expiration date on your NY state marriage license and keep in mind, you will have only sixty days to use it before it expires, you will have to apply for a new one.  So, once you have your license, you must wait for 24 hours after you obtain your Marriage License before you can have a marriage ceremony! To receive a marriage certificate, the City Clerk’s Office requires that you have a legal ceremony conducted by a registered Officiant in the State that your license was issued in. Additionally, at this ceremony you, a witness, and the registered Officiant will need to sign your Marriage License. Once your Marriage License is signed, the Officiant must submit it to the City Clerk's Office within 5 Days so you and your new spouse can be registered as a legally married couple.


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And, that’s it! It’s all that simple. And, if you have any additional questions that you would like to ask us regarding how to get your marriage certificate, then please feel free to reach out! We’re always happy to help! Hope that was clear and helpful! Let us know if you have any questions. Looking forward to working with you soon!

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