New-York Marriage Records |
March 30, 2020


New-York Marriage Records Search

New York marriage records are not open to the public and are managed at both the state and municipality level.

New York marriage records (except New York City) since 1881 to the present are available from both the State Vital Records Office and the City/Town Clerk’s Office in the municipality where the marriage license was issued. Marriage records for marriage licenses issued in the boroughs of New York City (the Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), Manhattan, Staten Island (Richmond) and Queens) are only available from New York City Marriage Bureau. Albany, Buffalo and Yonkers marriage records prior to January 1, 1914 are only available from the City Clerk’s office in the city where the marriage license was issued.

The state of New York offers two types of copies of marriage records: certified and uncertified. Сertified copies of marriage records are available for purchase only to the registrants and persons having a proper or judicial purpose, or a court order. Uncertified copies of New York marriage records are available to anyone, provided that both spouses are deceased and marriage records are over 50 years old. For records less than 50 years old, uncertified copies are only available to direct descendants with proof of the relationship and proof of the death of both spouses.

Copies of New York marriage records are available by mail order for $30 (certified copies) or for $22 (uncertified copies) with a check or money order made payable to the New York State Department of Health, a copy of valid photo ID and a copy of documentation establishing a judicial or other proper purpose (if requesting a certified copy), along with a completed application for certified copies or a completed application for uncertified copies sent to the following address:

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602
Tel: (855) 322-1022

You may also go to the State Vital Records’ Office in person to request a copy of a New York marriage record.

Online ordering and telephone ordering is not available directly from the state.

For information on ordering from a specific New York municipality, please see the links below or try an instant national background check below to search for available marriage records and other public records information.

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