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How To Get Your Marriage License + Elope In NYC (updated 2024)

Planning to elope in NYC or adapting your wedding due to COVID-19? Love conquers all, and we're here to guide you through the steps of getting legally married in the New Normal. In this combined post, we'll walk you through obtaining your marriage license, securing an officiant, and what comes next. Our aim is to make this process as clear and stress-free as possible.


Are you planning to elope in NYC, or has COVID-19 altered your wedding plans? Love conquers all, and we're here to guide you through the steps of getting legally married in the New Normal. This combined post walks you through obtaining your marriage license, securing an officiant, and what comes next. Our aim is to make this process as clear and stress-free as possible.



Step 1: Online Application

Step 2: Online Meeting

  • You will be required to schedule an online meeting with the city clerk to review your application and receive your marriage license. Please note that there may be a backlog for this step, so plan ahead. Both parties must be physically present in New York for this conference. At the end of the meeting, you will receive a marriage license (in an online format). The marriage license cost is $35, payable electronically to the City Clerk Office. This online format is more convenient than the previous process of physically visiting the City Clerk's Office.


Step 3: Once 24 Hours Have Passed

  • After a 24-hour waiting period since receiving your marriage license, you can officially get married by an officiant. Print your marriage license, select a date, and book your officiant – you're almost there!

Step 4: The Wedding Day

  • Remember to bring a printed copy of your marriage license to the ceremony, along with your IDs and a witness (someone over 21 with ID). After the ceremony, all parties will sign the marriage license, officially sealing the deal.

Step 5: After The Ceremony

  • Now all you have to do is upload the signed marriage license back to Project Cupid, and the City Clerk will take it from there. You will receive your official marriage certificate from them shortly after. This is the final document that will confirm your union in marriage.

For International Couples:

Some countries may require you to receive an apostille. Please consult with your local authorities and the NY City Clerk during your online appointment.

List of Countries Whose Citizens Can Marry in NYC

While New York City is open to couples from around the world, the list of countries whose citizens can marry here is extensive. Some of the countries include:


United Kingdom
South Korea
and many more!


2023 Updates:

  • The online application process through Project Cupid has streamlined the marriage license application, making it more convenient for couples.
  • The City Clerk's Office continues to provide valuable information and updates on Twitter.
  • The 24-hour waiting period after obtaining the marriage license remains in effect.
  • Our officiants are available to perform ceremonies at various locations in NYC, adding flexibility to your wedding plans.
  • The process of signing and returning the marriage license remains unchanged.
  • International couples should still check with local authorities and the NY City Clerk for any specific requirements, including the possibility of an apostille.

2024 Update:

  • They do send out marriage certificate abroad no tracking information via USPS
  • We can send out marriage certificates with tracking information, local address should be provided to the couple before they start the application form for marriage license
  • Couple may go to city clerk office within 5 days after the ceremony, city clerk office will issue the marriage certificate same day. No appointment needed. This procedure has to be done in 5(!) days



We hope this guide helps you navigate the journey of getting married in NYC during these unique times. Love knows no bounds, and we're here to make your special day memorable and stress-free. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

Difference Between U.S. Citizens and Non-U.S. Citizens in Marriage in New York

When it comes to getting married in New York, there are several key differences between U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens:


1. Marriage License Application Process:

  • U.S. Citizens: They can apply for a marriage license online or at the City Clerk's Office and receive it on the spot.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens: They can also apply for a marriage license but must wait for 24 hours after receiving the license before they can officially marry.

2. Document Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizens: Typically, no additional documents are required apart from identification.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens: Depending on their country of citizenship, additional documents such as an apostille (an additional certification) or divorce papers may be required if either spouse has been previously married.

3. Form of Wedding Ceremony:

  • U.S. Citizens: They have the freedom to choose the location for their wedding ceremony, including parks, City Clerk's Office buildings, and many other venues.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens: They also have the choice of location but should be aware of any wedding ceremony requirements set by their home country, as some countries may have additional formalities.

4. Obtaining the Marriage Certificate:

  • U.S. Citizens: Usually receive the marriage certificate automatically after registering their marriage.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens: Also receive a marriage certificate that confirms their marital status.

5. Additional Considerations:

Non-U.S. citizens may need to provide additional documents and follow procedures in accordance with the laws and requirements of their home country.

Despite these differences, New York welcomes couples from all over the world, and assistance is available to help you navigate the marriage process, regardless of your citizenship. It's important to follow the rules and requirements set by the City Clerk's Office and your home country to ensure a smooth and straightforward wedding experience.



Sources: City Clerk NYC


Photographs: Danila Mednikov, One Wedding House.