top of page

Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage Licenses

For your conveinence New York State has provided a pamphlet with information about getting married in New York.

What is a marriage license and how is it different from a marriage certificate?

A marriage license is a license that allows you to get married in New York State. 


Your marriage ceremony must take place in New York State by a mayor, former mayor, former city clerk, a marriage officer appointed by the town, justice or a judge of a court, town justice, county justice, a member of the clergy or minister who has been officially ordained, a member of the clergy or minister who is not authorised by a governing church body but have been chosen by a spiritual group to preside over their spiritual affairs, and other officiants as specified by Section 11 of Domestic Law.The officiant does not have to be a resident of New York State. Ship captains are not authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in New York State. A witness for each party must be present at the ceremony; this is necessary so the person can stand witness in a court of law to affirm that a marriage ceremony took place.


A marriage certificate certifies that a couple has been married by a party in the previous paragraph. This is usually submitted by the person who preforms the ceremony.


Age Requirements:

To get married in New York State, you must be over the age of 14. To get married at 14 or 15, you must have parent permission as well as written consent from a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of Family Court with jurisdiction in your town in which the application is made. If you are 16 or 17, you would just need parents to sign consent when filing for the marriage license


How Much is a License?

The cost for a license is $40. Depending of your township, you might be able to pay by credit card, but some townships only accept cash or check. Check with your township before venturing out.


What to Bring When Applying for a License:

Aside from you and your significant other being present at your Town Clerk’s office, you need two documents per person:


One of the following:

  • Birth Certificate

  • Baptismal record

  • Naturalization record

  • Census record



One of the following:

  • Driver's license

  • Passport

  • Employment picture ID

  • Immigration record


Is There a Waiting Period?

Yes. Although you will be issued a marriage license at the clerk’s office, your ceremony can only take place 24 hours after it is issued. You will then have 60 calendar days to get married. After, the license is no longer valid.


Ok, So Where Do You Go for a Marriage License?

Those who want to get married in New York State have to apply in person at any town or city clerk in the state, generally the one you or your significant other live in.


Before venturing out please review your town’s requirements. Some towns require multiple forms of identification.


Town Offices on Long Island to Get Your Marriage Licenses at:


Town of North Hempstead

Town Clerk Registrar's Office

200 Plandome Road

Manhasset, NY 11030

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.



Town of Hempstead

One Washington Street, 1st Floor

Hempstead, NY 11550

Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

(516) 489-5000, ext. 3046


Town of Oyster Bay

Town Hall East

54 Audrey Avenue

Oyster Bay, New York 11771


Town Hall South

977 Hicksville Road

Massapequa, NY 11758

Both location times: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.



Town of Huntington

Town Hall 

100 Main Street

Huntington, NY 11743

Monday- Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (by appointment only Friday evenings)



Town of Babylon

200 East Sunrise Highway

Lindenhurst, NY

Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Town of Smithtown

99 West Main Street

P.O. Box 646

Smithtown, NY 11787

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (July-August closed at 4 p.m.)


Town of Islip

655 Main St

Islip, New York 11751


Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday extended hours to 8:00 p.m.)

After 4:30 p.m. needs appointments.


Town of Brookhaven

One Independence Hill

Farmingville, NY 11738

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 



Town of Riverhead

200 Howell Avenue

Riverhead, NY 11901

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



Town of Southold

53095 Route 25 

P.O. Box 1179 

Southold, NY 11971 

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



Town of Shelter Island

38 North Ferry Road

P.O. Box 1549

Shelter Island, NY 11964



Town of Southampton

Hampton Bays Annex 

25 Ponquogue Ave 

Hampton Bays, NY 

Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

631-723 - 2712


Town of Easthampton

159 Pantigo Road

East Hampton, New York

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.


Additional Resources:


Source: NYS DOH.

bottom of page