Marriage Licenses

Congratulations on your impending marriage!  We know that the time leading up to the "big day" can be stressful, so we've provided information below to help make the marriage license process easy for you to navigate.  Please read through all of the information carefully in order to avoid delays in processing your license.


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 is issuing marriage licenses by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm and Thursdays between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

We require that you complete an introductory form and upload your required identification documents here at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment.  You will need to use Access Code 571186 to enter information into the form. This allows us to ensure you have everything we need to issue your license, and will make the licensing process much quicker.


Required Information

  • Both parties must be 18 years old or older
  • Both parties need to be present to obtain the license and each person needs to provide one form of identification from each of the following categories:
  • 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 or pictures will not be accepted. 
    • Proof of identity: current driver's license, current passport, current employment picture I.D., or immigration record.
  • You will also be asked for your Social Security Number.  You do not need to provide the card if you have memorized the number.
  • If either party has been married before, they must present copies of divorce or annulment papers for all marriages.
  • There is a $40 license fee payable by credit card, check, exact amount of cash, 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.
PLEASE NOTE: These requirements are set by the New York State Department of Health. The City Clerk's Office acts as an agent to that Department and as such, we are required to follow the regulations they set.


Set-up your appointment

Once you have completed this task, you can schedule your appointment herePlease Note: the City Clerk's Office reserves the right to cancel your appointment if you have not completed these tasks within the appropriate time frame.

Other Important Information

If the name you are using is not the same name on your identification, you will need to provide official documentation for each name change (ie: court orders, divorce papers, adoption papers, etc.).  Additional forms of 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. 

YOU ARE REQUIRED TO BRING ALL OF THESE ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.

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 in our area. You should contact them directly to set up an appointment to perform your ceremony.

More information about the marriage license process can be found on the New York State Department of Health website.