Marriage Licenses

Congratulations on your impending marriage!

Requirements to Obtain a Marriage License

If you will be married in New York State, you may obtain your marriage license at any town or city clerk offices in New York State.

The City of Ithaca issues marriage licenses between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m, Monday through Friday.

Required Information

Both parties need to be present to obtain a marriage license and each person needs to bring 2 forms of identification. One form of identification from each of the following categories is required:

  • Proof of age: original or certified copy of birth certificate issued by a government agency (NOT a hospital record of birth), baptismal record, naturalization record, or census record.  Photocopies will not be accepted. 

  • Proof of identity: current driver's license, current passport, current employment picture I.D., or immigration record.
You will be asked for your Social Security Number.  You do not need to bring in your card if you have memorized the number. 

If the name you are using is not the same name on your identification, you need to bring in official documentation for each name change (ie: court orders, divorce papers, adoption papers, etc.).  Other identification with the changed name is not sufficient.

If your documents are written in a language other than English, you are required to have them translated into English.  If the translated document is not created by an official agency, the translator must certify that it is a true and accurate translation of the document and have that statement notarized. 

PLEASE NOTE: These requirements are set by New York State to verify identity.  Our office acts as an Agent for the New York State Department of Health in issuing marriage licenses and as such, we are required to follow the regulations they set.

Additional Information

  • Both parties must be 18 years old or older
  • If either party has been married before, they must present copies of divorce or annulment papers.
  • There is a $40 license fee payable upon the issuance of the license.
  • Once a license is issued, there is a 24-hour waiting period before your wedding ceremony can be performed
  • The marriage license will expire after 60 days
To avoid a delay in processing your marriage license, please reach out to us in advance if you have any questions or concerns.

Civil Officiants for Marriage Ceremonies

See the Civil Officiants for Marriage Ceremonies listing (PDF) for people who are authorized to perform civil marriage ceremonies. You may contact them to set up an appointment.

More information can be found on the New York State Department of Health website.