New York State Marriage License

Where to Obtain:

  • A couple intending to marry in New York State must apply in person for a marriage license at any town or city clerk in the state.
  • The Chili Town Clerk’s Office is located at 3333 Chili Ave. Licenses are issued between 9:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. No appointment is necessary. It generally takes about 15 minutes to obtain your license. Both parties must be present. Blood tests are no longer required.
  • The application for a license must be signed by both parties in the presence of the town or city clerk.
  • A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of the couple.  This applies even if the representative has been given the Power of Authority.

For More Information please visit www.health.state.ny.us/vital_records/married.htm

Documents Required to Obtain License

A person is required to establish proof of age and identity by submitting to the issuing clerk:

One of the following age-related documents:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Baptismal record
  • Naturalization record
  • Census record

And one of the following identity-related documents:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Employment picture ID
  • Immigration record

If previously married, a certified copy of the Decree of Divorce or a Certificate of Dissolution of Marriage is required for each and every divorce, including judgements of divorce.

If a spouse is deceased, a copy of the death certificate is required.

The marriage license is valid 24 hours after it is issued and is only valid for sixty (60) days.

Cost to Obtain

The fee for the license is $40.00. We accept cash, check, Visa, Master Card and Discover.

The fee includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage which is sent to the applicant within 15 days after the license is returned by the officiant (person who performs the ceremony).

Where to Obtain Copies of Marriage Records

Marriage records are kept in the office that issued the original license. If you obtained your license at the Chili Town Clerk’s Office and require a Certified Transcript of Marriage you may do so by remitting a notarized written request or stopping in to the Town Clerks Office.

The fee for a Certified Transcript of Marriage Certificate is $10.00.

Mail your notarized written request and the appropriate fee to:

Virginia Ignatowski
Town of Chili Town Clerk
3333 Chili Ave.
Rochester, New York 14624