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.
If these 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 also required to provide your Social Security Number.

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. 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.