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Marriage Bureau

Thank you for visiting the Marriage Bureau section of our web site.

Here you will find instructions on how to obtain a Marriage License, register a Domestic Partnership, have a civil Marriage Ceremony in our offices, or have a private religious or civil Marriage Ceremony elsewhere. 

You can also find directions to obtain or amend Marriage Records, to register as a Marriage Officiant, to obtain a Certificate of Non-Impediment (necessary to obtain a Marriage License in other countries), and to appeal a denial of a Marriage License.

Same Sex Marriage Information

On June 24, 2011, the New York State Legislature passed the Marriage Equality Act which was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo the same day. This new law took effect on July 24, 2011. Since that date the New York City Clerk has been issuing marriage licenses and providing civil marriage ceremonies to same-sex couples. State law generally requires couples to wait 24 hours after receiving a license before they can be married.

View our new FAQ page for same-sex couples.

The following is a list of all domestic and international jurisdictions that perform same sex marriages as of January 1st, 2013:

States of the United States: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, District of Columbia, New York, Maine, Maryland, Washington.

(Domestic partnerships issued by the states of California, Oregon, New Jersey, Nevada and Washington by statewide law provide nearly all state-level spousal rights to such unmarried couples.)


Other Nations:

  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Iceland
  • Netherlands
  • Mexico City (part of Mexico)
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Lawfully married individuals, including individuals in same-sex marriages, are entitled to more New York State rights and benefits than those registered as domestic partners here in New York City.  If an individual lawfully enters into a same-sex marriage in a jurisdiction outside New York, they are entitled to most of the New York State rights and benefits available to people lawfully married in New York.  If you are considering entering into a marriage in one of the jurisdictions listed above, it is recommended that you contact that jurisdiction beforehand in order to learn about any applicable marriage requirements or restrictions.

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