Non US Citizens getting Married in New York
If you live in another country, but are coming to New York to get married, you may need additional documents for your country to recognize your marriage. Request this information from your country’s local authority to determine if the standard Certificate of Marriage is fine, or if you are required to obtain an apostille. If you do need an apostille, here is how you get it:
There are 2 ways of obtaining an apostille. You can do it in person, or you can request it in the mail.
Get an Apostille in person:
If you are up for getting your apostille in person after your wedding, this is what you should do:
√ Make an appointment to visit the City Clerk’s office in person. You must bring your marriage license to the City Clerk’s office so that they can give you your Wedding Certificate in person. You can book an appointment clicking HERE.
√ When you go to the “Record Room” at the City Clerk’s office, you will present your signed marriage license and you’ll ask them to give you an “Extended Certificate”. They will ask you to pay $35 for this service. You can pay using a credit card.
√ After you obtained your “Extended Wedding Certificate” you will go across the street (To 60 Center Street) and get this document notarized.
√ Next, you must go to the New York State Department of State Division of Licensing Services
Apostille and Authentication Unit. Located at: 123 William Street. New York, NY 10038
√ Because of Covid, the government employees have become total A-holes and they now only see people by appointment. Walk-ins are not permitted without a prior appointment.
Please call (518) 474-4429 or send an email titled: Priority request to Licensing@dos.ny.gov. Please provide copies of your plane tickets (or travel confirmation) or your travel itinerary and include ‘Apostille Priority’ in the subject line of the email. You will be contacted with a date and time for an appointment.
Get an Apostille in the mail:
There are companies that will take care of this process for you. I recommend hiring one of them to take care of this for you.
You can google “apostille in NYC” and you will see a number of agencies that will provide this document for a fee.
If you want to do it yourself, you can go to the Government website HERE and follow their instructions on how to get your apostille in the mail.