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Marriage Licenses

All marriages performed within New York State require a New York State Marriage License. Licenses may be obtained from any municipal clerk, and are valid throughout New York State. The Utica City Clerk's office issues marriage licenses Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Both parties must be present when they are obtaining a marriage license. One of the following original documents must be provided to show proof of age: certified birth certificate (if the birth record is not in English it must be translated into English), baptismal record of naturalization record. One of the following documents must be provided to show proof of identity: valid driver's license, United States passport, employment picture identification or immigration record. Information regarding ALL previous marriages must also be provided when applying for a marriage license. Proof of dissolution of prior marriages is required by either a certified copy of a divorcee decree, certified copy of an annulment, or a certified copy of a death certificate.

After the marriage license is issued, there is a state mandatory 24-hour waiting period must be observed before the marriage ceremony takes place. The marriage license is valid for a period of 60 days from the purchase of the license. If the license is not used within this time period it becomes void and the above process must be repeated.

The fee for a marriage license is $ 40.00 CASH ONLY.

    TO OBTAIN A COPY OF MARRIAGE TRANSCRIPT:
    -Send a photocopy of current picture ID (driver's license) for bride or groom
    -Send $10.00 money order payable to "City Clerk" for one copy
    -Provide complete names of bride and groom, date of marriage, and return
     address.
    -Also include a phone number in the event we need to contact you
    -Send to: Utica City Clerk, City Hall, 1 Kennedy Plaza, Utica NY 13502

    TO OBTAIN COPY OF MARRIAGE FOR GENEALOGY:
    -Send a photocopy of current picture ID (driver's license)
    -Send money order payable to "City Clerk" for one three-year genealogy search
    -Provide complete names of bride and groom, approximate date of marriage,
     and return address
    -Also include a phone number in the event we need to contact you
    -Send to: Utica City Clerk, City Hall, 1 Kennedy Plaza, Utica NY 13502

    1-3 Years $ 22.00             31-40 Years $ 102.00
    4-10 Years $ 42.00           41-50 Years $ 122.00
    11-20 Years $ 62.00         51-60 Years $ 142.00
    21-30 Years $ 82.00         61-70 Years $ 162.00

Additional Information may be obtained by contacting our office (315) 792-0113 or contacting the New York State Department of Health:

    New York State Department of Health
    Vital Records Section
    PO Box 2602
    Albany, New York 12220 2602
    Phone - 1-800-638-3808