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Amid the blur of organizing your wedding and honeymoon plans, it's surprisingly easy to forget that you actually have to get married on paper. A marriage license is basically your permit for eternal love—the legal confirmation that you and your partner are free and eligible to marry one another.

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Information on Getting Married in New York State

The following is general information. Please contact the clerk where you plan to purchase the license for specific requirements, office hours and further information.

Where do you get a marriage license?
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. This applies even if the representative has been given a Power of Attorney.

Notarized marriage license affidavits signed by the applicants cannot be substituted for their personal appearance.

Is there a waiting period?
Yes. Although the marriage license is issued immediately, the marriage ceremony may not take place within 24 hours from the exact time that the license was issued.

The 24-hour waiting period may be waived by a judge or justice of the Supreme Court of New York State or the county judge of the county in which either party to be married resides, or if such party is at least seventeen years of age, the judge of the Family Court of such county.

How long is the license valid?
A marriage license is valid for 60 calendar days, beginning the day after it is issued.

How much does the license cost?
If the marriage license is issued by a town or city clerk in New York State outside of New York City, it costs $40. This fee includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage Registration. This certificate is automatically sent by the issuing clerk to the applicants within 15 calendar days after the completed license is returned by the officiant (person who performs the marriage ceremony). It serves as notice that a record of the marriage is on file. Couples who do not receive a Certificate of Marriage Registration within four weeks of the wedding should contact the town or city clerk who issued the license.

If the license is to be issued by the City Clerk of the City of New York, please contact the New York City Clerk's Office for current fees and requirements. The City Clerk's Office can be reached at (212) NEW-YORK or via its web site at New York City Marriage Bureau.

City Clerk's Office - Marriage License

All persons who intend to get married in New York State must obtain a Marriage License. This page explains the procedure for obtaining a Marriage License from the Office of the New York City Clerk.

The fee for a Marriage License is $35 by credit card or money order payable to the City Clerk.

Duration of the Marriage License
A New York State Marriage License is valid for 60 days (except for active military personnel, for whom the validity runs for 180 days). A Marriage License issued in New York can be used anywhere within New York State but may not be used outside New York State.

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Marriage licensing - King County

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Obtaining a Marriage License

Marriage License Application:
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Starting January 1, 2018, we will no longer have paper applications in our lobby. You must complete the application online at your convenience on your computer or Internet-enabled device, or in our lobby using one of our computers. It is HIGHLY recommended that you complete your application online before coming into our office to save time and allow you to complete it accurately.

To review the online application guidelines and start the process, visit the ONLINE APPLICATION page now!
Couples completing the online application should bring their confirmation ID number and required identification and documentation to the Marriage License Bureau in Las Vegas, or to a Marriage Services Clerk at one of our outlying locations in order to obtain your marriage license.
Your completed online application will be kept in our system for one (1) year from the date of submission.

Marriage License Requirements:

Per Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 122.200, “Any person who shall make a false statement in procuring a marriage license with reference to any matter required by NRS 122.040 and 122.050 to be stated under oath shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.” To view the full statute governing marriage in the State of Nevada, go to NRS 122.  Requirements for U.S. citizens and non U.S. citizens are the same, regardless of gender. To obtain your marriage license, both parties must appear in person before a Clerk at a Clark County Marriage Bureau location.   Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and no nearer of kin than second cousins or cousins of half-blood, and not having a husband or wife living.   Domestic Partnership questions should be directed to the office of the Nevada Secretary of State at 702-486-2887. You may view program information and forms online at    Identification to prove your name and age is required. Please be prepared. Per Nevada law, we may only issue a Marriage License to couples with acceptable identification. Go to acceptable identification for specific information on forms of identification.   Your Marriage License and Certificate will be prepared with your legal name   It is your responsibility to present the proper identification to have your name reflected as you desire.  For example, if you want them to reflect your full middle name, the identification you present must contain your full middle name - not an initial or abbreviation.No blood test is required.   A marriage license allows a couple to marry in the state. It is not proof of marriage.In the State of Nevada, marriage records are public documents. Nevada does not issue confidential marriage records.Whoever performs your marriage ceremony has, by law, ten (10) calendar days from the date of the ceremony to file the Marriage Certificate with our office.  Once filed, you can order a certified Marriage Certificate (legal proof of marriage) online from our Online Ordering website.  Please note, if you receive a call after your ceremony by anyone soliciting the sale of your Marriage Certificate, be aware that it is not our office.  We charge $15 per certified copy.A Marriage License is issued the same day a couple appears in person to obtain it. There is no waiting period to get married after it has been issued, and it is good for one (1) year from date of issue.  All U.S. citizens are required to provide their Social Security Number (SSN) on the Affidavit of Application for a Marriage License. You do not need to present your Social Security Card.  Applicants not issued a Social Security Number by the United States will leave the appropriate field of the application blank.   For non U.S. citizens, some foreign countries require a copy of the Marriage License and/or an apostille to register a marriage.  It is suggested that non U.S. citizens check with their local officials for special documents needed to ensure their marriage is recognized in their country. Marriage License copies may be ordered online. When the site comes up, select 'Get a copy of my marriage license'.Apostilles (Authentication of Signatures) may be required to register and finalize a marriage in a foreign country.  Information regarding apostilles can be found under the Licensing Center section on the website of the Nevada Secretary of State.The cost to obtain a Marriage License is $77.  To review acceptable forms of payment and other related information, visit our Fees page. .

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