Your NYC City Hall Wedding Civil Service

In January 2009, the Manhattan Marriage Bureau underwent a $12.3 million makeover, moving to a 24,000-square-foot historical building with marble and bronze details from the structure’s original 1920s architecture. With this new look, New York City desires to entice brides and grooms from all over the world to have a NYC city hall wedding civil service.

Along with the old-world allure, the new Manhattan Marriage Bureau features 21st-century technology and comfort. You can get your marriage license or domestic partnership more efficiently with consolidated lines and self-serve computer kiosks. You’ll also see a comfortable sitting area with video screens and telephone translators with service in 170 languages. You can even pay using your credit card. You can be wed at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau for only $25 (payable by credit card or money order payable to the City Clerk). NYC city hall wedding civil services are held in the Manhattan office from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm, Monday through Friday (arrive no later than 3:15 pm).

Couples should have at least one witness eighteen years of age or older present at the wedding ceremony (the witness must bring valid ID). After the NYC city hall wedding civil service is performed, a marriage certificate will be issued to you that very same day.


Requirements for a New York Marriage License

The bride and groom will be asked to fill out an Affidavit and Application for Marriage License.

You’ll need a money order in the amount of $35 (payable to “City Clerk of New York”), proof of your identity, and proof that you are eighteen years of age or older.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • A valid passport
  • A driver’s license, learner’s permit, or non-driver ID
  • Military ID
  • US Certificate of Naturalization
  • US Alien Registration Card
  • Employment Authorization Card

A blood test is not necessary. Your New York marriage license is good for sixty days. Although the marriage license is issued immediately, there is a waiting period of 24 hours from the time the license is issued. This rule was apparently enforced to discourage hasty marital decisions.