Marriage Licenses

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“At this time, due to COVID-19 outbreak and an overwhelming number of online applications, we are accepting applications from City Residents Only.” 

*The Rochester City Clerk’s Licensing Office, Room 100A, will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.  We appreciate your patience. 

Online Marriage Licenses

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Governor has provided authority for the City Clerk to issue marriage licenses online, as well as, conduct virtual marriage ceremonies. The Marriage License Application is below.

Once the form is complete and approved, a member of the Clerk's Licensing staff will schedule a Zoom meeting with you and your partner to review your marriage license. Be sure to provide your availability for the meeting when submitting your application. A member of the Clerk’s Licensing staff will contact you to confirm your appointment date and time. An electronic copy of your license will be provided upon final approval. 

If you have additional questions, contact the Clerk’s Licensing Office at 585-428-6617.

Marriage License Application 

Complete the marriage license application below and upload all required documentation. Upon review and approval, you will be emailed a link to pay for your marriage license online using a credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or debit card with the Visa or Mastercard logo.

Marriage License Reissue Application 

If your marriage license expired during the interruption of services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (after March 16, 2020), the marriage license will be extended for an additional 60 days of the original issue date. 

*Once the City of Rochester begins to issue marriage licenses online, no new marriage licenses will be granted an additional extension beyond that point. 

Request to have a marriage license reissued by completing the application form below. *Please upload a copy of both partners current government issued photo IDs.

 Information and Requirements

  • Blood tests are no longer required.  
  • To obtain a marriage license, you must bring a certified birth certificate with a raised seal and a current government issued photo identification.  If your birth certificate is in another language other than English or Spanish, a certified translation is required.
  • If you are divorced, you must provide a copy of your most recent divorce decree.  If you have been divorced more than once, you must provide the date(s) of earlier divorce(s). If your divorce decree is in another language other than English or Spanish, a certified translation is required.
  • If a marriage ended due to death, a "certified death certificate" is required.
  • Once issued, the marriage license cannot be used for 24 hours and must be used within sixty days.
  • Witnesses must be at least 18 years of age.
  • For information on how to research an existing marriage license purchased at City Hall from 1910 through the present, please click  here.

Age Requirements

  • If either applicant is under 17 years of age, a marriage license cannot be issued.
  • If either applicant is 17 years of age, such applicant(s) must present the written consent of both parents and a justice of Supreme Court or a judge of the Family Court having jurisdiction over the town or city in which the application is made.
  • If both applicants are 18 years of age or older, no consents are required.

Marriage of minors

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; or
  • the other parent is deceased.

Parents, guardians or other people consenting to the marriage of a minor must personally appear and acknowledge or execute their consent before the town or city clerk or some other authorized official. If the notarized affidavit is made before an official outside of the State of New York, it must be accompanied by a certificate of authentication when the consent is filed in New York State. 

Fee

There is a $40 fee for a marriage license; a duplicate copy of the license can be provided to authorized persons for a $10 fee, if the original was issued by the City of Rochester. If the exact marriage date is not known, a search can be undertaken for an additional fee, and will require one to two days to be completed. As of July 1, 2018, there is a $75 fee for a civil (virtual) ceremony. 

Getting Married at City Hall

Learn more about having your civil marriage ceremony at City Hall.

Questions?

For additional information, call the Clerk's Licensing Office at (585) 428-6617 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.