All persons who intend to be married in New York State must obtain a marriage license from a Town or City Clerk in New York State. The license is good anywhere in the State for a period of 60 days. Once the license is issued, there is a 24-hour waiting period before the couple can marry. A pre-marital blood test is no longer required. The couple must be at least 16 years old (parental consent is required for all persons under the age of 18).
Obtaining a Marriage License
The following items must be presented to the Town Clerk in order to obtain a marriage license in the Town of Marcellus:
- The original or certified copy of the birth certificate
- Photo identification, i.e., drivers license
- Divorce decrees of all previous marriages
- $35 application fee
The bride and groom must both be present to apply for the license. The marriage license requires basic information such as your mother’s maiden name, the city or town where you were born, the Country where your parents were born, and the county where you live. It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete the information required for the marriage license.
Every person has the right to adopt any name by which he or she wishes to be known and one or both parties to a marriage may elect to change their surname by which he or she wishes to be known after the solemnization of the marriage. Designating your surname after you are married is optional, and neither the use of, nor the failure to use this option of selecting a new surname by means of this application, abrogates the right of each person to adopt a different name through usage at some future date.