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You do not have to be a resident of a state to get married in it.
|Darien Ct. is the closest place to Pennsylvania where you can marry without a waiting time between getting the license and being legally married. Read exactly how to get married in Darien, CT by scrolling all the way down the page to the step by step information about getting married there. |
Attention -- Please note -- You can get legally married without a waiting period in some towns in Connecticut, in Vermont, and in California. All other states require a 24 hour to 5 days waiting period.
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No wait is required between the day one gets the license and the day the couple can marry. It can cost between $35-$100+ to get a license. At least one witness is to be present at the ceremony. No blood test is required. Any priest, minister, or rabbi of any religious domination, judge, commissioner of civil marriages in the state, a justice of the United States Supreme Court, a judge or retired judge of a court of appeals, judge of a district court, an United States magistrate, a legislator or constitutional officer of the state or a member of Congress who represents a district within the state can officiate. An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/ca/officiants.html . One may not get divorced in California unless one of the parties to the marriage has been a resident of the state for six months.
Colorado now has full marriage equality.
No wait -- You can get married immediately in Darien CT, New Haven CT. and a few other Northern CT towns. The closest town to Pennsylvania where you can get married immediately without any wait between license application and legal marriage is Dairen, Ct. A license costs $30. No witness, blood test or physical exam is required. You must be over 18 to get married without a parent present. Any ordained or licensed Minster or Justice of the Peace may officiate. An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/ca/officiants.html . One may not get divorced in Connecticut unless one of the parties to the marriage has been a resident of the state for one year. Scroll down the page to the Section on how to get married in Connecticut in One HOUR for all the Connecticut marriage information. Feel free to call our office for details, Pennsylvania Diversity Network has helped many couples marry in Darien, CT.
A Delaware Marriage License has a 24 hour (in state), or 4 day (out of state) waiting period before it completed, and is valid for 30 days. The marriage license fee is $50.00 if either applicant is a Delaware resident; $100 if neither applicant is a Delaware resident. There is a $10 recording fee for all licenses issued, which is due at the time of application. Two witnesses, who are at least 18 years old, must be present at the time of the ceremony. No blood test is required. Any ordained minister of the gospel and every minister in charge of a recognized church can officiate. An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/delaware-gay-wedding/officiants-de.html .
Hawaii now has full marriage equality.
Idaho now has full marriage equality.
Will begin on June 1, 2014. Ill. couples may now get marriage licenses, but right now, people who live in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage may not marry in Ill.
There is a five day waiting period between the day one gets the license and the day the couple can marry, and expires after 6 months if unused. A marriage license costs $35. One witness is necessary when you apply for the marriage license. No blood test is required. Ministers of the gospel who are ordained by their church can officiate. An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/ia/officiants-ceremony-sites.html . There is a 1 year residency requirement for all spouses filling for divorce in the state, unless the plaintiff in the case is not a resident, then he or she does not have a residency requirement in order to file for a dissolution of marriage.
Indiana now has full marriage equality.
Kansas now has full marriage equality.
There is a 3 day waiting period from the time of application to the day the couple can marry. The license is valid for 90 days. The fee for a marriage license application is $30. It is required that two witnesses be present and sign the marriage license. No blood test is required. A justice, judge, justice of the peace or notary public, or an ordained or licensed minister of the gospel can officiate. An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/me/maine-gay-wedding-officiants.html . One may not get divorced unless one of the parties to the marriage has been a resident of the state for six months.
There is a waiting period of forty-eight hours the day one gets the license and the day the couple can marry. The license is valid for 6 months. It will cost you between $35-$85 to get married, it varies from city to county. Witnesses are not required. No blood test is required. An official of a religious order or a deputy clerk or judge can officiate. An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/md/officiants.html . There is a 1 year requirement if the grounds for the divorce occurred outside the state of Maryland, otherwise if either spouse is a resident of the state of Maryland, he or she may file in the county in which either spouse resides.
There is a 3 day waiting period from the time of application to the day the couple can marry, and the license is valid for 60 days. The fee for filing the Intention of Marriage varies from town to town. The state statute stipulates a fee of $4 for the license but it allows cities and towns by a vote of their city councils, boards of selectmen or town meeting, or by a change in the by-laws, to set their own fee. Witnesses are not required. No blood test is required. Ordained ministers of the gospel can officiate. An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/ma/officiants.html . One of the spouses must be a resident of the state of Massachusetts if the grounds for divorce occurred in Massachusetts. If the grounds for divorce occurred outside the state of Massachusetts then one spouse must be a resident of the state for at least 1 year.
There is a 5 day waiting period from the time of application to the day the couple can marry, and the license is valid for 6 months. The fee for filing the Intention of Marriage varies from town to town but is usually between $40 and $115. Witnesses are not required. No blood test or physical is required. Applicants must be over 18 to get married without a parent or guardian. Each applicant must provide: full legal name, address, date and place of birth, telephone numbers and social security numbers (if they have one). An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/ma/officiants.html. If previously married and now divorced, you must bring your divorce decree with you. The officials authorized to solemnize marriages include judges, clerks of court, and licensed ministers, priests or rabbis. In some counties there is a court commissioner who is authorized to officiate at marriage ceremonies. There are also special provisions for marriage between members of the Bahai, Hindu, Quaker and American Indian religious groups.
There is a 3 day waiting period from the time of application to the day the couple can marry. A marriage license is only good for 90 days after the issue date. It costs $45-$60 to get a marriage license. No witnesses are required. No blood test is required. Any ordained minister of the gospel who resides in the state and is in good standing with his/her church can officiate. An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/nh/officiants.html . In order to file for a divorce, the parties must both be residents of the state and the filing spouse must be a resident for a least 1 year prior to filing , or the grounds must have occurred in the state and one of the spouses must be a resident for at least 1 year prior to filing.
Pennsylvania Diversity Network has helped many couples marry in New Jersey. Feel free to call out office it you have questions. 610-432-5449
Requirements may vary as each borough/city/township in New Jersey could have their own requirements. It is important to verify current requirements with the county/city/town clerk where you plan to get married. The application for a Marriage License can be obtained from any Local Registrar's Office. You can download a pdf version of the New Jersey marriage license application here!. Be sure to contact the Local Registrar well in advance of the wedding to find out on what days and during what hours the Registrar will be in the office. Some locales will require an appointment.
New Jersey Residency Requirement:
You do not have to be a resident of New Jersey.
You must apply at the Registrar at the municipal office where the bride resides. If not a resident of New Jersey, then apply in the groom's town of residence. If both are non-residents, then apply in the town where you will be having the wedding ceremony = you must marry in the town where you got the application for the license.. You will need to show proof of your residency be providing one of the following: Drivers license, utility bill, apartment lease, or tax bill. Note: For marriage license purposes, military personnel are residents of the posts where they are stationed.
Covenant Marriage: No.
ID Requirements in New Jersey: Picture id such as Drivers License, and certified copies of birth certificates, or naturalization certificates, or valid passports or alien cards. US citizens also need to know their Social Security numbers. In Phillipsburg NJ
Under 18: If you are under 18 years of age, you will need both parents to give consent in front of two witnesses in order for you to receive a marriage license. Those under 16 need judicial approval. In the case of pregnancy or the birth of a child, special provisions may apply.
Name Change: Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.
How Much a Marriage License Cost? $28 - cash only in some locales.
Cousin Marriages: Yes. Common Law Marriages: No.
Previous Marriages: You will need to show documentation to prove a previous marriage has been dissolved either through death or divorce. Acceptable documents include a certified copy of the final decree of divorce or a certified copy of the death certificate for your former spouse.
Proxy Marriages -- No.
Waiting Period: New Jersey has a three (3) day waiting period. For weekend weddings, you will need to apply the Tuesday before to satisfy the three days (72 hours) by Friday. If you have special circumstances such as emergency, illness, military leave, etc., a Superior Court Judge can sign a waiver that would waive the waiting period. After you apply for the license, and have a Judge sign the waiver, you can have the License issued immediately.
Renewal of Vows or Getting Remarried: You can get remarried in New Jersey without having to wait three days. It is required that proof of the previous marriage or civil union be submitted. Consent of parents if required for the remarriage of a minor previously joined in a marriage. Marriage Application Form
Witnesses: You will need a witness who is over 18 years of age with you when you apply for the marriage license. And two witnesses at your wedding.
Officiants: New Jersey does not have Justices of the Peace so you must either use a clergy member to marry you or Judges of a Federal District Court, United States magistrates, Judges of a Municipal Court, Judges of the Superior Court, Judges of a Tax Court, Retired judges of the Superior Court, Judge or the Superior or Tax Court who has resigned in good standing, any Mayor/Deputy Mayor or Chairman of any Township Committee, Village President of New Jersey, County Clerks, and every minister of every religion. At the time you apply for your marriage license you will have to provide the name of who is going to marry you, where, and when, and an address and phone number for the officiant.
Miscellaneous: The Marriage License application is valid for six months from the date accepted, unless the Registrar has granted prior approval to extend the validity of the application to a maximum of one year.
The New Jersey Marriage license is valid for thirty (30) days from date of issuance - it must be filed within the 30 day period.
A couple wishing to have both religious and civil ceremonies may be issued a license for both ceremonies on the basis of a single application. However, a couple wishing to have two religious ceremonies, and wanting to have a public record of each, may not have two licenses issued at the same time. They must apply for and use the first license. They must then return to the Registrar with the signed original certificate of the marriage and a witness to apply for a remarriage license.
Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Check with your local registrar license office or borough/city/county clerk before you leave home to apply for your marriage license. To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to email@example.com.
To find a Local Registrar in your area, click on the county name below.
New Mexico now has full marriage equality.
There is a 48 hour waiting period from the time of application to the day the couple can marry. See further information about New York same sex marriage scroll down the page to detailed New York information.
North Carolina now has full marriage equality.
Oklahoma now has full marriage equality.
Getting Married in Oregon
To get married in Oregon, you must first obtain a marriage license. Marriage applicants are not required to be residents of Oregon to obtain a marriage license.
-Go to the county clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license.
-The cost of a marriage license is $60
- A government issued photo ID is required to obtain a marriage license.
- There is a 3-business day waiting period from the date of the application to the date it is issued. However, some counties will waive the waiting period for an additional fee.
Once you receive your marriage license, this is no additional waiting period.
- Call ahead to the county clerk’s office to confirm what type of payment they take. Some take cash and check, and some have restrictions on credit or debit cards.
- If you are under the age of 18, you will need parental consent. If you are under the age of 16, you will need a court order to obtain your marriage license.
- There is no blood test or physical exam required to obtain an Oregon marriage license.
-If either party was previously married, you will need to bring the divorce paperwork or the death certificate for the deceased spouse. Oregon law requires previously married applicants to wait at least one day after their divorce is finalized to remarry.
-Marriage ceremonies may be officiated by a member of the clergy or religious official, a U.S. magistrate judge, an Oregon judicial officer, or county clerk.
-Two witnesses must be present at the wedding ceremony.
-Wedding officials are not required to issue any specific statements confirming the ceremony. Within 10 days after the marriage ceremony, the wedding officiate must return the original application, marriage license and record of marriage form to the county clerk who issued the license.
-An Oregon marriage license will expire 60 days after it is issued.
No wait is required between the day one gets the license and the day the couple can marry. The license is valid for 90 days. It costs $24 to get a marriage license. Two witnesses are required. No blood test is required. An ordained minister who has a license from the city or town clerk can officiate. An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/ri/gay-wedding-officiants-ri.html . Divorce can be filed in the county in which the plaintiff resides or in the county in which the defendant resides if he or she meets the 1 years residency requirement.
South Carolina now has full marriage equality.
No wait is required between the day one gets the license and the day the couple can marry. The license is valid for 60 days from the date it was issued. It costs $45 to get a marriage license. Witnesses are not required.No blood test is required. A Supreme Court justice, superior court judge, district judge, judge of probate, assistant judge, justice of the peace, ordained ministers residing in the state and non-resident ordained ministers with the permission of the probate court of the district within which the marriage is to take place can officiate. An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/vt/officiates.html . A complaint for divorce or annulment of marriage may be brought if either party to the marriage has resided within the state for a period of six months or more, but a divorce shall not be decreed for any cause, unless the plaintiff or the defendant has resided in the state one year next preceding the date of final hearing.
Virginia now has full marriage equality.
Utah now has full marriage equality.
It takes 5 business days, from the beginning to the end, to process a marriage application. After receiving the license, one can marry immediately. The marriage license has no specified time frame. The marriage license application fee is $45 in cash or money order. Witnesses are not required. A blood test is required. Any judge or court appointed official from the court, and any clergy authorized to officiate marriages in DC by the DC Superior Court can officiate. An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/dc/officiants.html . In order to get a divorce in DC, you must be separated for six months or longer. Same sex couples does not have to be DC residents to get a divorce, but proof of the DC marriage must be shown.
There is a 3 day waiting period from the time of application to the day the couple can marry. The marriage license is valid for 60 days, beginning on the third day after application.A marriage license can cost $32-$62+ depending on the county. Witnesses are not necessary to apply for a license, but state law requires that at least two witnesses be present at the ceremony. No blood test is required.Regularly licensed or ordained ministers or any priest of any church or religious denomination anywhere within the state can officiate. An officiant can be found at http://www.engaygedweddings.com/wa/officiants-elopement.html.
West Virginia now has full marriage equality.
Wisconsin now has full marriage equality.
Wyoming now has full marriage equality.
If you have more questions about legal same-sex marriage, you can call the PA Diversity Network offices at 610-432-5449.
|Same Sex Couple Legally Marries in Connecticut (Read this entire page for information on what it means to be legally married in a marriage state but live in Pennsylvania.)|
*What does it mean*
From "Trish's Column" by Patricia Sullivan
This Column Appeared in the PA Diversity Network - Valley Gay Press Newspaper - July 2009 Issue
"How We Got Legally Married in Connecticut in One Hour”
On June 15th Liz and I got legally married in Darien, Connecticut. Getting a civil marriage in CT is easy. The license is $30 and certified marriage license copies are $10 each. Town Offices require payment in cash. The license is good for 65 days, but in Darien you can complete the whole process from application to certified copy in one day. Ours was completed in a record 1/2 hour. Other CT Cities require two days. The clerks in Darien were efficient, courteous and nice to us, there are 22 Justices of the Peace in Darien whose charges start at around $50 (google: CT. Justices of the Peace - Darien is in Fairfield, County) . Any practicing ordained or licensed minister may also perform the ceremony, and they can be from out of state.
To get married you do not have to live in CT, but you must be at least 18 years old, not be married to or in a civil union with somebody else, have a photo ID (driver's license or passport), your social security number, mother's maiden name, your parent's birthplaces, date and location of your wedding, and contact information for your wedding officiate. You cannot be related to the person you are going to marry.
The Darien Town City Clerk web site is : http://www.darienct.gov/content/104/114/220/default.aspx.
Remember that getting married is serious business. It’s a legal contract you must honor. If you want to break up - you’ll have to get a legal divorce by establishing residency in a legal same-sex marriage state, probably for at least 6 months.
Although, Pennsylvania does not recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, if you marry in CT, your marriage will be recognized in the 7 states that have same-sex marriage and DC, and will also be recognized in the 4 civil union states as a civil union. 27 countries in the world will recognize your same-sex marriage and the number of continues to grow. By the way Connecticut has no referendum or "People’s veto," so once your have a legal marriage in CT they aren’t going to be overturning it by some kind of Constitutional Amendment. And remember this - once you are legally married in any state - when it does pass in PA and when the federal DOMA law is overturned - you don’t have to do it again. You’ll be married in each place as they pass it.
From "Liz Out Loud" by Liz Bradbury
This Column Appeared in the PA Diversity Network - Valley Gay Press Newspaper - July 2009 Issue
"What Legal Same-sex Marriage Means to an Out of State Couple"
Trish and I got legally married in CT. We chose June 15th to do it because it happens to be my birthday. We figured after 21 years together, (our first date was in 1988), with a VT civil union (in 2000), an MCCLV Freedom to Marry church ceremony (in 2004), and 6 subsequent Freedom to Marry Day Courthouse Action applications for legal marriage licenses that were denied at the Lehigh County court house (yearly from 2004 through 2009) - we figured we needed to have a good way to remember our latest anniversary.
Also, because Trish gets retirement benefits from NYS and NY recognizes legal same-sex marriages from other states, we did it because the benefits for married couples are a bit higher than domestic partners. And there were other reasons too, including that CT has no referendum possibility to over turn it.
We wanted to just speed up to Darien, Connecticut, do it and come home (read Trish’s column on how.). My wonderful sister lives in the next town, so she was there too. We figured we could get married, have lunch, and still get home before dark.
So there we were in Darien, filling out the marriage application again (for the 7th time) and suddenly we both realized that they were not going to turn us down! It hit us that we were really going to be legally married. We’d be finished with our 9 year trek to legal recognition. Because even though it’s not recognized in PA, it will be someday and we don’t have to get married again. See, just like an opposite couple who gets married in one state and doesn’t have to get married in every other state they ever live in, neither do we. We just have to wait (and fight for) every state and the US Federal government to recognize it. So far 7 US marriage states and the District of Columbia, and 4 civil union states recognize it - and 27 countries world-wide. It really is just a matter of time, now.
When we left the Darien Courthouse, my sister said happily, “Now I have a sister-in-law!” We laughed, but it really struck us how true it was. Later I said to Trish that her nieces and nephews have a new aunt whether they like it or not. It’s not something they can “choose to recognize,” it’s legal marriage and everyone understands that - not like a civil union that a heck of a lot of people don’t get. I really do feel different. Here’s just a little example...You know those little boxes on forms that say married or single and don’t have a space for civil union or life partner? I’ll never hesitate to say married again, not in any situation.
It’s interesting that several straight people I’ve told this to really don’t get it. One compared it to living with her boyfriend before they finally got married, but it’s not the same -- no government office had turned them down for 9 years.
Seven months after Trish and I had our first date, I asked her to marry me. She didn’t want to do it until it was legal. Now, 21+ years later (in 2009), I’ve been able to marry the love of my life and I’m remarkably happy about it.
Editor’s Note: Now that part of DOMA has fallen re the Supreme Court Decision in June anyone who is legally married and lives in a marriage equality state not only gets the full State Rights of marriage but also gets the Federal rights. Also no matter where you live -- if you are a legally married same-sex couple you are entitled to Immigration and Military Benefits and if you are a federal worker you are entitled to full benefits for you family. And...other federal benefits may extend to those in non-marriage equality states if you are legally married -- so get legally married if you are in a committed same-sex couple and want equal rights.
You do not have to be a resident in New York State to get married there!
|(Read this entire page - above and below- for information on what it means to be legally married in a marriage state but live in Pennsylvania.)|
"Getting Married in New York State" is also available in Adobe PDF format (PDF, 240KB, 2pg.)
Be aware that if you want to get a divorce you MUST live in a state that recognizes marriage, for an extended period before you can apply for and obtain a divorce. Pennsylvania will not grant divorces to legally married same-sex couples, because PA does not recognize same-sex marriage.
The Marriage License
Where do you get one?
A couple who intends to be married in New York State must apply in person for a marriage license to any town or city clerk in the state. The application for a license must be signed by both the members of the couple in the presence of the town or city clerk. A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of the either member of the couple. This applies even if the representative has been given the Power of Attorney. Notarized marriage license affidavits signed by either member of the couple cannot be substituted for their personal appearance.
Is there a waiting period?
Yes. Although the marriage license is issued immediately, the marriage ceremony may not take place within 24 hours from the exact time that the license was issued. When both applicants are 16 years of age or older, the 24-hour waiting period may be waived by an order of a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the County Court of the county in which either the member of the couple resides. If either person is under 16 years of age, the order must be from the Family Court judge of the county in which the person under 16 years of age resides. *Note....people who are under 16 years of age should not marry if they live in PA, because PA will not recognize your marriage the statutory rape law could cause serious problems. There is a 5 year mandatory prison sentence for people having sex with someone under the age of 16 in PA.
How long is the license valid?
A marriage license is valid for 60 days, beginning the day after it is issued.
How much does it cost?
If the marriage license is issued by a town or city clerk in New York State outside of New York City, it costs $40. This fee includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage Registration. This certificate is automatically sent by the issuing clerk to the applicants within 15 days after the completed license is returned by the officiant (person who performs the marriage ceremony). It serves as notice that a record of the marriage is on file. Couples who do not receive a Certificate of Marriage Registration within four weeks of the wedding should contact the town or city clerk who issued the license.
If the license is to be issued by the City Clerk of the City of New York, please contact the New York City Clerk's Office for current fees and requirements. The City Clerk's Office can be reached at (212) 669-2400 or via their web site at New York City Marriage Bureau.
Is a premarital physical exam required?
No premarital examination or blood test is required to obtain a marriage license in New York State.
What are the age and consent requirements for minors?
- If either applicant is under 14 years of age, a marriage license cannot be issued.
- If either applicant is 14 or 15 years of age, such applicant(s) must present the written consent of both parents and a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the Family Court having jurisdiction over the town or city in which the application is made.
- If either applicant is 16 or 17 years of age, such applicant(s) must present the written consent of both parents.
- If both applicants are 18 years of age or older, no consents are required.
- One parent alone may consent to a minor's marriage if:
- The other parent has been missing for one year preceding the application;
- The parents are divorced and the consenting parent was given sole custody of the child when the divorce decree was awarded;
- The other parent has been judged incompetent; or the other parent is deceased.
- Parents, guardians or other people consenting to the marriage of a minor must personally appear and acknowledge or execute their consent before the town or city clerk or some other authorized official. If the notarized affidavit is made before an official outside of the State of New York, it must be accompanied by a certificate of authentication when the consent is filed in New York State.
A person is required to establish proof of age and identity by submitting to the issuing clerk one of the following age related documents:
- Birth Certificate
- Baptismal record
- Naturalization record
- Census record
- Driver's license
- Employment picture ID
- Immigration record
A marriage may not take place in New York State between an ancestor and descendant, a brother and sister (full or half blood), an uncle and niece or an aunt and nephew, regardless of whether or not these persons are legitimate or illegitimate offspring.
Information regarding previous marriages must be furnished in the application for a marriage license. This includes whether the former spouse or spouses are living, and whether the applicants are divorced and, if so, when, where and against whom the divorce or divorces were granted. A certified copy of the Decree of Divorce or a Certificate of Dissolution of Marriage may be required by the clerk issuing the marriage license.
Every person has the right to adopt any name by which he or she wishes to be known simply by using that name consistently and without intent to defraud. A person's last name (surname) does not automatically change upon marriage, and neither party to the marriage is required to change his or her last name. The bride and groom need not take the same last name.
One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the surname by which he or she wishes to be known after the marriage by entering the new name in the appropriate space provided on the marriage license. The new name must consist of one of the following options:
- the surname of the other spouse;
- any former surname of either spouse;
- a name combining into a single surname all or a segment of the premarriage surname or any former surname of each spouse;
- a combination name separated by a hyphen, provided that each part of such combination surname is the premarriage surname, or any former surname, of each of the spouses.
Whether you decide to use or not use this option at the time of your marriage license application, you still have the right to adopt a different name through usage at some future date. However, your marriage license cannot be changed to record a surname you decide to use after your marriage.
If you plan to use your married name at work, be sure to have your name changed in Social Security records. This way, you will get credit for all your earnings. It's easy and it's absolutely free. Contact any Social Security office. Look in the telephone book for the address and phone number. You will need documentary evidence showing both your old name and your new name.
Where can a marriage take place?
A New York State marriage license may be used within New York State only. Please note that if you go out of New York State to be married, your New York State marriage license will not be filed in New York State.
What about the ceremony?
There is no particular form or ceremony required except that the parties must state in the presence of an authorized member of the clergy or public official and at least one other witness that they take each other as husband and wife. There is no minimum age for a witness. However, in selecting a witness, choose at least one person who you feel would be competent to testify in a court proceeding as to what he or she witnessed.
Who can perform a marriage ceremony?
To be valid, a marriage ceremony must be performed by any of the individuals specified in Section 11 of the New York State Domestic Relations Law. These include:
- the mayor of a city or village;
- the former mayor, the city clerk or one of the deputy city clerks of a city of more than one million inhabitants;
- a marriage officer appointed by the town or village board or the city common council;
- a justice or judge of the following courts: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern or Western Districts of New York, the New York State Court of Appeals, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, the New York State Supreme Court, the Court of Claims, the Family Court, a Surrogates Court, the Civil and Criminal Courts of New York City (including Housing judges of the Civil Court) and other courts of record;
- a village, town or county justice;
- a member of the clergy or minister who has been officially ordained and granted authority to perform marriage ceremonies from a governing church body in accordance with the rules and regulations of the church body;
- a member of the clergy or minister who is not authorized by a governing church body but who has been chosen by a spiritual group to preside over their spiritual affairs;
- other officiants as specified by Section 11 of the Domestic Relations Law.
Where can I get copies of my records?
For copies of marriage licenses issued anywhere in New York State except the five (5) boroughs of New York City, a certified copy of the marriage record may be obtained from the office of the town or city clerk who issued the license, or from the New York State Department of Health. The fee is $10 if you obtain a certified copy from the town or city clerk who issued the license. If applying to the New York State Department of Health, the fee is $30. For a certified copy, write to:
Vital Records Section
New York State Department of Health
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, New York 12220-2602
For marriage licenses issued in New York City, do not apply to the New York State Department of Health. For an application, current fees and ordering information contact the City Clerk of New York at (212) 669-2400 or visit their web site at New York City Marriage Bureau. You can also write them at:
- New York City marriage records from 1930 to 1995 can be obtained solely from the Manhattan Office.
- Office of the City Clerk
- 141 Worth Street
- New York, New York 10013
- Supreme Court Building
- 851 Grand Concourse
- New York, New York 10451
- Municipal Building
- 210 Joralemon Street, 2nd Floor, Room 205
- Brooklyn, New York 11201
- Borough Hall Building 120-55 Queens Boulevard
- Kew Gardens, New York 11424
- Borough Hall Building
- 10 Richmond Terrace, 3rd Floor, Room 311
- Staten Island, New York 10301
Be sure to read the information about Connecticut above to fully understand that your marriage will not be recognized in PA, but why legal marriage is important.
If you have further questions call the PDN office at 610-432-5449.
If you have more questions about legal same-sex marriage, you can call the PA Diversity Network offices at 610-432-5449.