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 the information below 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 office in New York State.

The City of Ithaca is issuing marriage licenses by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
This appointment is for a marriage license ONLY

We require that you complete an introductory form and upload copies of 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 that you have everything needed 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 two forms of identification:
  • Original or certified copy of birth certificate issued by a government agency (NOT a hospital record of birth),  and a photo ID.  Pictures will not be accepted.  
  •                                    OR
    • Current, government issued, photo ID with the date of birth, and another form of identification as listed below:
      • A baptismal record
      • A passport
      • An automobile driver's license
      • Any government or school issued identification card that contains a photograph of the applicant
      • An immigration record
      • A naturalization record
      • A court record or any other document or record issued by a governmental entity, showing the date of birth
  • 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 from the most recent marriage that are signed by the Judge and stamped as filed.  Please note information about how all marriages ended is required.  Dates of death are required for spouses who are no longer living.


There is a $40 license fee that can be paid by credit card, check, or cash in the exact amount.

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.

Set-up your appointment

Once you have completed this task, you will be given a link to schedule your in-person appointment and receive your marriage license.

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. 

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.

New York now allows for people over the age of 18 to apply for 'one-day designation,' authorizing them to solemnize a single marriage on a specified day in the State of New York. For more information, refer to A one-day marriage officiant need not be a resident of the City of Ithaca, and shall have the authority to solemnize a marriage anywhere in the state, but shall only be valid for the persons to be married as stated on the application. Please note: we require a minimum of three business days to process an application. You can access the application here:

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