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        New York State Marriage Laws
NY State Marriage Laws:

ID Requirement in New York: Valid, current, photo identification. A driver's license is preferred, but original or certified birth certificates and passports are accepted.

Residency Requirement: You do not have to be a resident of New York.

Previous Marriages: If previously married, you must show certified documents on how your previous marriage ended. 

If a couple is already legally married to one another, and they want to have a second wedding ceremony, and if an officiant requires a marriage license, the couple may apply for a second or subsequent license from the Town or City. where they were married.

Other Tests: None
Proxy Marriages: No
Cousin Marriages: Yes
Common Law Marriages: No
Same Sex Marriages: No

Under 18: If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you will need to have a completed parental consent form filled out by both parents.  If you are either 14 or 15 years of age, you will need to show the written consent of both parents and a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the local Family Court.

Applicants under 14 years of age cannot marry. Only one parent's consent will be accepted if one parent is deceased or has been missing for over a year, or if one parent has full custody from a divorce proceeding. 

Your parents or guardians must give their consent in person before the town or city clerk or some other authorized official. 

If they are out of state, a notarized affidavit is acceptable but has to be accompanied by a certificate of authentication when the consent is filed in New York State. 

Officiants in New York: According to Section 11 of the Domestic Relations Law, an officiant must be an authorized, officially ordained member of the clergy or a public official in the State of New York such as a mayor, city clerk, deputy city clerk, appointed marriage officer, justice, or judge. In New York City, an officiant must be registered with the City of New York. Ship captains can not perform marriage ceremonies in New York State.

Witnesses: A marriage ceremony must have at least one witness. Although the state website states that there is no minimum age required in order to be a witness, the New York City web site requires witnesses to be at least 18 years of age.

Miscellaneous: The license is valid for sixty days (60). 

Note: Requirements may vary as each county in New York could have their own requirements.

Vital Records Section

New York State Department of Health 
Empire State Plaza 
Albany, New York 12237-0023

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