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Legal Requirements

PLEASE NOTE THE COURTHOUSE IS SHUT ON ALL US BANK HOLIDAYS  & THERE IS A 24 HOUR WAITING PERIOD FROM WHEN YOU GET THE LICENSE TO WHEN YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO GET MARRIED- YOU MUST ALLOW FOR THIS WITHIN YOUR TRAVEL & WEDDING PLANS.

Legal requirements for marriage in NYC are the same for everyone, whether you are a U.S. citizen or not. The fee for a Marriage License is $35 payable in a money order or credit card. No other method of payment is acceptable.

Both the prospective bride and groom must appear together in person to apply for a Marriage License. The application must be completed in our offices. The application consists of an affidavit wherein the applicants list various personal details such as their name, address, birth place, date of birth, social security number, and marital history and make a sworn statement that there are no legal impediments to the marriage. Applicants who have been married previously must list all prior marriages on the Marriage License Application. They are required to supply their prior spouse’s full name, the date the divorce was granted and the place the divorce was filed and may be asked to produce the final divorce decree. All divorces, annulments, and dissolutions must be finalized before applying for a new Marriage License. If you are a widow or widower, you must provide your deceased spouse’s full name and date of death. The Marriage License is generated based on this information. It will be prepared while you wait, and you will take it with you upon your departure.

Unless you obtain a judicial waiver, you must wait a full 24 hours before your Marriage Ceremony can be performed.

It is strongly suggested that you proof read your Marriage License before leaving our offices. If an error is found, please return to the clerk for a correction. Any errors found within the first 24 hours after issuance will be corrected at no cost to you. After the 24 hours, there is a fee of $25 payable in money order or credit card for any corrections.
A Marriage License which is lost in the mail or is returned to the City Clerk’s Office mutilated must be replaced with a duplicate Marriage License for a fee of $25 payable in money order or credit card.

A New York State Marriage License is valid for 60 days only and can only be used in the state of New York.

A blood test is not required to obtain a Marriage License in New York State.

All applicants must bring valid forms of identification when applying for a Marriage License. All identification must be valid. Expired forms of identification will not be accepted, no exceptions.

Acceptable forms of identification:
 Valid Passport

 

 

Oversees coupld can now use the City Clerk online application form and submit them on line directly to the office of the City Clerk. Upon filling out and submitting an application, you will recieve a confirmation number and instructions detailing proper identification and documents to complete your application.

 

 

These applications expire after 21 days, so we advise doing your license no more than 18 days prior to your wedding date. If you do not complete your application with 21 days you will need to resubmit it.


Please note City Hall is closed on all US bank holidays. You should allow for this within your plans. So that you can obtain a wedding license to allow for the 24 wait period.

 

 


If you have to get married within 24 hours - you would have to get a Judicial Order, which is $35.00

Marriage License/Marriage Ceremony

City Clerk of New York in Manhattan:  141 Worth Street  NY 10013, 212-669-2400,

 212-669-3652; Hours: 8:30 AM-3:30 PM

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO HAVE YOUR WEDDING LICENSE WITH YOU AT THE TIME OF YOUR WEDDING. SHOULD YOU NOT, THEN THERE WILL BE A $100 PER HOUR CHARGE FOR THE MINISTER TO REVISIT YOU TO OBTAIN THE LICENSE FOR RECORDING. 

Wedding License Information

Residency

You do not need to be a resident of Florida to apply for a marriage licence. No minimum residency applies to overseas couples. (i.e. You are not required to be in Florida for a minimum number of days.)

Age

You should be 18 years and older to apply for a marriage licence.

Prior Marriage

Persons who were previously married and divorced need to bring their decree absolute with them to the courthouse as they will need to supply the date their last marriage ended.

Application and Fee

As a couple you now have the choice of three courthouses to apply for your marriage licence in person Orange County, Osceola and Lake Country. Applications are accepted between 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday, except for Bank Holidays. The current fee for a marriage licence is $93.50 Orange County, $103.50 Osceola County,  payable by visa, mastercard or cash $93.50 Lake Country payable by cash only

Courthouse Locations

Orange County Courthouse (best for International Drive Area)

425 North Orange Avenue, Suite 355, (3rd floor) Orlando
Tel: 407 836 2067
Open Mon – Fri (except for Bank Holidays) 8.00am – 4pm
Distance is approximately 20 minutes form International Drive / 35 minutes from Lake Buena Vista.

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Osceola/Kissimmee Courthouse (best for Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee East 192 Areas)

2 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee, FL 34741
Tel: 407 742 3500
Open – Mon – Fri (except for Bank Holidays) 8am – 4pm
Distance is approximately 20 minutes from Disney area / 35 minutes from Highway 27 area.

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Lake County/Minneola Courthouse (best for guests staying on Hwy 27 or West 192 areas)

Minneola City Hall, 800 North Hwy 27, Minneola, Florida,
Tel: 352 394 2018
Open Mon – Fri (except for Bank Holidays) 9am – 4pm (please arrive before 3pm)

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Documentation required by the Courthouse

Couples will require the following necessary documents

Passports

Birth Certificates (either full one or short one - UK couples)

Decree Absolute (if divorced)

And any other relevant paperwork such as change documents (widowers certificate, change of name etc).

Failure to produce correct documentation may result in having to delay the wedding pending the correct documents being presented.

The Marriage Licence

The marriage licence is valid for 60 days from the day of issue. The Marriage licence has to be shown to the Notary or Minister prior to the ceremony, to ensure all legal requirements have been fulfilled. The Notary or Minister will then be responsible for posting the Marriage licence back to the courthouse to have it validated. This will become the official Marriage Certificate. This process should take between 4 – 6 weeks and will be posted directly back to the couple’s home address.

The Marriage Ceremony

Once the Marriage licence has been obtained, couples can get married anywhere within the state of Florida. Witnesses to the marriage are not required.

Certified copies

Should couples wish to have additional certified copies of the Marriage Certificate, $3.00 per additional copy should be given to the Notary or Minister. The Notary or Minister will enclose the marriage licence in the envelope, which he/she will return to the courthouse for validation.

Don’t forget you can arrange your license by mail. Visit our dedicated web site for more information:

Florida Marriage Licenses by Mail (www.floridamarriagelicensebymail.com)

Courthouse Locations

Orange County Courthouse (best for International Drive Area)

425 North Orange Avenue, Suite 355, (3rd floor) Orlando
Tel: 407 836 2067
Open Mon – Fri (except for Bank Holidays) 8.00am – 4pm
Distance is approximately 20 minutes form International Drive / 35 minutes from Lake Buena Vista.

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Osceola/Kissimmee Courthouse (best for Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee East 192 Areas)

2 Courthouse Square, Kissimmee, FL 34741
Tel: 407 742 3500
Open – Mon – Fri (except for Bank Holidays) 8am – 4pm
Distance is approximately 20 minutes from Disney area / 35 minutes from Highway 27 area.

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Lake County/Minneola Courthouse (best for guests staying on Hwy 27 or West 192 areas)

Minneola City Hall, 800 North Hwy 27, Minneola, Florida,
Tel: 352 394 2018
Open Mon – Fri (except for Bank Holidays) 9am – 4pm (please arrive before 3pm)

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