How to Get Married in NYC, Step 1: Obtain a Marriage License
Regardless if you’re having a big shebang wedding or a two-person elopement, the first step of how to get married in NYC is to obtain a New York marriage license. Note that you can get the marriage license anywhere in New York state (hello, upstaters!) and still get married in New York City.
Thanks to Covid-19, whereas you could once apply for the NYC marriage license in person at one of the New York Marriage Bureau offices, now everything must be done online through their online marriage portal, Project Cupid. See here for a step-by-step guide to getting a marriage license.
When the Marriage Bureau reopens, 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.