The First Step: How to Get a Marriage License in NYC
Regardless if you’re having a big shebang wedding or a two-person elopement, you’ll need a New York marriage license if you’re getting married in NYC. Note that you can get the marriage license anywhere in New York state (hello, upstate New Yorkers!) and still get married in New York City.
You can apply for the NYC marriage license online or in person at one of the New York Marriage Bureau offices; the Manhattan location is located at 141 Worth St., but every borough has a marriage bureau. After obtaining the license, you will need to physically show up at the marriage bureau to complete the process.
Here’s the full step-by-step instructions on the procedure. It costs $35 (credit card or money order), you both need some form of valid photo ID (like a passport or driver’s license), and you must obtain the license at least 24 hours before getting married. Licenses are valid for 60 days. If you are not a U.S. citizen, I recommend calling your consulate to confirm that NYC marriages are valid in your country.