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New York Marriage Records

New York State marriage records issued outside of New York City can be ordered from the Department of Health. Records for marriages performed in the City’s five boroughs (Manhattan, Kings, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island) can be ordered from the New York City Marriage Bureau. Customers can also place an order online from a website specializing in providing vital records for a fee.

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Who Can Order New York Marriage Records
Marriage records can only be ordered by the spouses or a person who needs the information for a legitimate purpose, such as to apply for a state benefit. The record may also be released as directed under a court order.

ID Required to Order New York Marriage Records
All orders for NY marriage records must be accompanied by an accepted form of personal identification. A customer can provide a valid form of photo ID, such as:

  • - Driver’s license
  • - State-issued Photo ID for Non-drivers
  • - Passport
  • - U.S. Military ID

If you don’t have a driver’s license or one of the forms of ID listed above, two of the following alternate forms of ID may be used instead:

  • - Letter from a government agency indicating your name and address (must be dated within the past six months)
  • - Utility or phone bill (in your name)

Fee to Order a New York Marriage Record
The fee to order a New York marriage record is $30.00. Priority service is available at an additional charge of $15.00 per copy.

Order a Marriage Record by Mail
Place a regular order for a certified copy of a marriage record by mail by sending your request to:

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

Orders at this priority level are processed within 10-12 weeks of receipt.

If you would like your request for a marriage certificate to receive priority handling, send your request to:

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
800 North Pearl Street
Menands, NY 12204

Priority orders are processed within two-four weeks after receipt. Submit them to the Vital Records Certification Unit by Overnight Delivery for fastest service. Once the request has fulfilled, the marriage record will be delivered by first class mail unless you provide a prepaid return mailer for overnight delivery with your original order.

Order Marriage Records Online
New York State does not process online orders for marriage records directly. These orders are dealt with through a separate payment processing company instead. If you wish to place an order over the Internet, you will pay the standard order fee, plus an online processing fee.

Order Marriage Records by Phone
A separate payment processing company handles phone orders for New York marriage records. You would contact the company directly to place your order using a credit card. In this instance, you would also be charged a processing fee as well as the standard amount for a marriage record.

Savvy Internet users who don’t want to wait to have their order processed are turning to independent vital records websites to get this important information quickly, and on a 24/7 basis. Why don’t you consider one of these ones?


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U.S. Marriage Records on the Internet.