NYC Marriage FAQ

by Staff

New York City is among the world's most exciting and romantic places, so it's a natural spot to tie the knot. If your interest is piqued, check out our quick Q&A below, with answers about how to get hitched in the five boroughs.

Can same-sex couples get married in New York City?

You bet. Same-sex marriage has been legal in New York City since the Marriage Equality Act went into effect July 24, 2011.

How do I get a marriage license?

The first thing you should do is submit an online application at the City Clerk's website. After that, you'll get a confirmation number that you can bring with you to complete the application in person. You and your spouse will have to show up at the City Clerk's office together.

How much does it cost?

A marriage license costs $35. If you want to throw in a marriage ceremony at the City Clerk's office or Manhattan Marriage Bureau, that's another $25. Note, though, that you'll generally have to wait 24 hours after getting your license before you can take your vows.

Where else can I have a wedding ceremony in NYC?

Plenty of places, including Top of the Rock, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Central Park's Loeb Boathouse, to name just a few. For many more ideas about where to get married in New York City, visit our roundup of NYC wedding venues.

How do I propose?

Just speak from the heart and tell him/her how you feel.

This City Clerk seems pretty important to the marriage process. Where can I find it?

The City Clerk has offices in all five boroughs:

Manhattan Office
141 Worth St.
New York, NY 10013
Regular Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–3:45pm


Bronx Office
Supreme Court Building
851 Grand Concourse, Room B131
Bronx, NY 10451
Regular Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–4pm

Brooklyn Office
Brooklyn Municipal Building
210 Joralemon St., Room 205
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Regular Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–4pm

Queens Office
Borough Hall Building
120-55 Queens Blvd., Ground fl., Room G-100
Kew Gardens, NY 11424
Regular Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–3:45pm

Staten Island Office
Borough Hall Building
10 Richmond Terrace, Room 311
Staten Island, NY 10301
Regular Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–4pm

Sounds great—but I have a lot of other questions, some of which are technical.
We think you'll find all the info you seek at the City Clerk's website. Happy reading!