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How to Marry in New York

Wonderful New York is one of the most desired wedding abroad hotspots. It's simple to marry here, has plenty of famous locations in which to exchange your vows, and has a plethora of wedding planners and hotels willing to design you the wedding of your dreams!
Below are the legalities for marrying in New York, to help you plan your ideal wedding abroad.

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New York Marriage Law Requirements

What are the legal requirements to get married in New York?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women. If 16 or 17 years old then parental consent is required.
At least one witness is required.


How long do I have to be resident in New York before I can get married?
You must wait 24 hours after obtaining a marriage licence before the ceremony can be performed.


Getting a marriage licence
In New York State you both need to apply in person at the City or County Clerk’s Office for a licence, which is issued on the same day and is valid for 60 days.
Your wedding planner will usually help you to arrange an appointment to apply for the licence.


What legal papers do I need to take with me?
Birth Certificates
Valid photo identification, e.g. passport.
If you have been divorced then the final divorce papers may be required to be shown.
If you are widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse may be required to be shown.


Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and liable to change without notice. Please check with your wedding planner in resort or the relevant embassy of the country in which you intend to marry for up to date details before you marry.


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New York Marriage Registrar's

The City Clerk, Clerk of the Council
Executive Office
141 Worth Street,
New York, NY 10013


Tel:+1 212 639 9675

Open: Mon to Fri 8:30am to 3:45pm


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