Marriage Certificates

Marriage Certificates can be ordered online


Overview

Vital Records has Marriage records (since 1880) for marriage licenses purchased in all of New York State except New York City. It does not have records for marriage licenses purchased in New York City (the boroughs of Manhattan, Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Bronx, and Richmond (Staten Island)).

Marriage records are also available from the town or city clerk where you bought the license.

Requirements

Who is eligible order a certified marriage record?

People eligible to get a marriage certificate:

  • Spouses
  • Other people who have a:
    • documented judicial or other proper purpose
    • New York State Court Order

If you are not a spouse, you must document a judicial or other proper purpose. For example, you may need a marriage certificate to claim a benefit. You would need an official letter from the agency saying that you need the marriage record to process the claim.

What identification needs to be submitted by the applicant?

Application must be submitted with copies of either A or B:

  1. One of the following forms of valid photo-ID:
    • Driver's license
    • State-issued, nondriver photo-ID card
    • Passport
    • U.S. Military-issued, photo-ID

OR

  1. Two of the following showing the applicant's name and address:
    • Utility or telephone bill
    • Letter from a government agency dated within the last six months

Please submit a copy of your U.S. passport in addition to the above ID if you are applying from a foreign country that requires a passport for travel.

Common Denial Reasons:

  • Applications without proper ID
  • Failure to submit a copy of their U.S. passport in addition to the required identifications when applying from a foreign country that requires a passport for travel

Fees

We are currently experiencing significant delays in order processing.

ORDER TYPE FEES (per copy)
Online or Phone orders $45 + $8 vendor processing fee per transaction (not per copy)
Walk-in orders $45
Mail orders $30

Mail forms to:

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602

Walk-in Services

Location: 800 North Pearl Street, 2nd Floor - Room 200, Menands, NY 12204. (visitor parking, including handicap parking, is available).
Lobby Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00-2:00 (excluding holidays)

Third Party Pickup

We do not encourage third party pickups. If you are unable to come to our office yourself, we recommend that you order your certificate by mail or via internet or telephone. More information about third party pickup.

Payment Options:

  • Online / Phone – MasterCard/Visa, Discover, American Express, ACH (Electronic Check)
  • Mail – Personal Check, Postal Money Order, or Certified Check made payable to NYS Department of Health. Payment for orders from foreign countries must be made by a check drawn on a United States bank or by international money order - Do not send cash
  • Walk-Ins - Cash, check or money order. No credit or debit cards