Information on Getting Married in New York State
A couple who intends to be married in New York State must apply in person for a marriage license to any town or city clerk in the state. The application for a license must be signed by both applicants in the presence of the town or city clerk. A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of the applicant.
A marriage license is a government document that you’ll need to get approved before you get married.
You can think of it as a marriage application; once it is approved,
you and your significant other are approved to be married.
You can apply for a marriage license via your county clerk by either
walking into the office or setting up an appointment online.
It is fairly common to apply for and pick up your marriage license
all in the same day, though some states may require a short waiting period and will mail you the license.
Remember, a marriage license means you are allowed to get married, not that you are married.
During your wedding ceremony, you, your soon-to-be- spouse, officiant, and 1-2 witnesses will sign the license.
From here either your officiant will mail it into the county clerk’s office or you can bring it to the office yourself. It then becomes a public record to ensure that one person is not married multiple times. Most states require you to have a marriage license no less than 72 hours prior to your wedding date. It is also important to know that marriage licenses do have an expiration date, normally between 30-60 days, so make sure that you know your state’s timelines before you apply.