If either applicant is under 14 years of age, a marriage license cannot be issued
If either applicant is 14 or 15 years of age, such applicant(s) must present the written consent of both parents and a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the Family Court having jurisdiction over the town or city in which the application is made
If either applicant is 16 or 17 years of age, such applicant(s) must present the written consent of both parents
If both applicants are 18 years of age or older, no consents are required
One parent alone may consent to a minor's marriage if:
The other parent has been missing for one year preceding the application
The parents are divorced and the consenting parent was given sole custody of the child when the divorce decree was awarded
The other parent has been judged incompetent
The other parent is deceased
Proof of Age & Identity
A person is required to establish proof of age and identity by submitting to the issuing clerk one of the following age related documents:
AND one of the following identity related documents:
Employment Picture ID
Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by parents.
A marriage may not take place in New York State between an ancestor and descendant, siblings (full or half blood), an uncle / aunt and a nephew / niece, regardless of whether or not these persons are legitimate or illegitimate offspring.
Documentation regarding previous marriages must be furnished when applying for a marriage license. Providing a certified copy of the Decree of Divorce, or a Certificate of Dissolution of Marriage or certified Death Certificate is required.
A person's last name (surname) does not automatically change upon marriage, and neither party to the marriage is required to change his or her last name. A couple need not take the same last name.
The new name must consist of one of the following options:
The surname of the other spouse
Any former surname of either spouse
A name combining into a single surname all or a segment of the pre-marriage surname or any former surname of each spouse
A combination name separated by a hyphen, provided that each part of such combination surname is the pre-marriage surname, or any former surname, of each of the spouses
Changes at a Later Date
Whether you decide to use or not use this option at the time of your marriage license application, you still have the right to adopt a different name through usage at some future date. However, your marriage license cannot be changed to record a surname you decide to use after your marriage.