State New York Getting Married Inback to States


New York recognizes both straight and same-sex unions.

Current Legislation:

As of July 24, 2011, both straight and same-sex marriages are recognized in the state.


Do I have to reside in New York to get married there?

You do not have to be a resident of New York to get married there.

How can I apply for a marriage license?

Both individuals must apply for the license in person at a city or town clerk’s office.

What are the fees?

The cost for a marriage license in New York City is $35, everywhere else is $40.

Is there a waiting period?

There is a 24-hour waiting period and the license will expire 60 days after it is issued.

What documentation do I need?

Each party must provide proof of age and identity, such as a birth certificate, driver’s license or passport. Those who are remarrying need to provide a divorce decree or death certificate.

Is a blood test required?


Who can marry us and are witnesses required?

Officiants can be a village, town or county justice; mayor or former mayor; city clerk; marriage officer; judge or justice of various courts; an ordained minister or clergy member of an organized religious body; or a minister who is the selected head of a spiritual group. Officiants do not need to be registered with the state but those performing ceremonies in New York City must register with the city. One witness is required.

How can I change my name?

Obtain several certified copies from the county clerk’s office where your license was filed, as you will need these throughout the name changing process. Fill out an application for a new Social Security card (which can be found here) and go to your local Social Security Administration office (be sure to get there before it opens) with a certified copy of your marriage license, photo proof of identity such as a driver’s license and original proof of citizenship, such as a passport or birth certificate. Be sure to change it with the DMV, your employer, your bank, etc.

Will my same-sex marriage be legal in other states?

Unfortunately, same-sex marriages are only recognized in the 35 states that they can legally be performed in— Alaska, Ariz., Calif., Colo., Conn., Del., Hawaii, Idaho, Ill., Ind., Iowa, Kan., Maine, Mass., Md., Minn., Mont., Nev., N.H., N.J., N.M., N.Y., N.C., Okla., Ore., Penn., R.I., S.C., Utah, Va., Vt., Wash., W.Va., Wis., Wyo., as well as Washington, D.C.

**Disclaimer: Requirements and protocols are subject change. Please regard the above information as a guide only, not professional legal advice. It is important to confirm the information with your specific county and state of residence before the wedding.