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 (with raised seal on it), baptismal record, naturalization record, or census record
  • 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 but you do not need to bring your Social Security card if you have memorized the number.

PLEASE NOTE: These requirements are set by New York State to verify identity and protect people from identity theft.  Our office acts as an Agent for the New York State Department of Health in issuing marriage licenses and as such, we 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 their divorce or annulment papers.
  • There is a $40 license fee payable upon the issuance of the license. The City of Ithaca Clerk's Office accepts cash or checks for payment
  • 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

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.