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Remsen Town Clerk's Office
Remsen Town Hall
10540 Academy Lane
Remsen, NY 13438
Obtaining A Marriage License
A couple who intends to be married in New York State, regardless of the residence of either of the parties, may apply in person for a marriage license at the Town of Remsen, Town Clerk's Office. The application for a license must be signed by both parties to be married in the presence of a clerk. A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of the marriage couple. This applies even if the representative has been given a Power of Attorney. Notarized marriage license affidavits signed by persons to be married cannot be substituted for their personal appearance.
Proof of Age and Identity
A person is required to establish proof of age and identity by submitting to the issuing clerk ONE of the following age-related documents (ALL AGE-RELATED DOCUMENTS MUST BE ORIGINAL. Foreign documents must be translated to English and certified.):
1. Birth Certificate
2. Baptismal Record
3. Naturalization Record
4. Census Record
AND ONE of the following identity related documents (ALL IDENTITY-RELATED DOCUMENTS MUST BE ORIGINAL. All documents must be valid/un-expired.):
1. Driver's License
3. Employment Picture ID
4. Immigration Record
Cost of a Marriage License
The marriage license fee is $30.00, which includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage Registration. This certificate is automatically sent to the applicants within 15 days after the completed license is returned by the officiant (person who performs the marriage ceremony). It serves as notice that a record of the marriage is on file.
Payment may be made in cash or by local check or money order made payable to Remsen Town Clerk.
Is There a Waiting Period?
Yes. Although the marriage license is issued immediately, the marriage ceremony may not take place within 24 hours from the exact time that the license was issued.
How Long is the License Valid?
A typical marriage license is valid for 60 days, beginning the day after it is issued.
Is a Pre-Marital Physical Exam Required?
No pre-marital examination or blood test is required to obtain a marriage in New York State.
Where Can a Marriage Take Place?
A license issued by the Town of Remsen Town Clerk's Office may only be used within New York State. Please note that if you intend to be married outside of New York State you should contact that state's Vital Records Office for its requirements.
What About the Ceremony?
There is no particular form or ceremony required except that the parties must state in the presence of an authorized member of the clergy or public official and at least one other witness that they take one another as a married couple. There is a minimum age of 18 to be a witness.
Who can perform a marriage ceremony?
To be valid, a marriage ceremony must be performed by any of the individuals specified in Section 11 of the New York State Domestic Relations Law. These include:
The person performing the ceremony must be registered with the City of New York in order to perform a ceremony within the New York City limits. The officiant does not have to be a resident of New York State. Ship captains are not authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in New York State.
Information regarding previous marriages must be furnished in the application for a marriage license. Marriage license applicants whose previous marriage(s) ended in divorce, annulment or death of spouse, must provide proof of dissolution of all previous marriage(s) by presenting a certified copy of Decree of Divorce or a Certificate of Dissolution of Marriage filed with a court of competent jurisdiction or certified copy of Death Certificate for each previous marriage. This includes whether the former spouse or spouses are living, and whether the applicants are divorced and, if so, when, where and against whom the divorce or divorces were granted. ALL RECORDS REGARDING PREVIOUS MARRIAGES MUST BE CERTIFIED. NO PHOTO COPIES ALLOWED.
Every person has the right to adopt any name by which he or she wishes to be known simply by using that name consistently and without intent to defraud. A person's last name (surname) does not automatically change upon marriage, and neither party to the marriage is required to change his or her last name. The parties need not take the same last name.
One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the surname by which he or she wishes to be known after the marriage by entering the new name in the appropriate space provided on the marriage license. The new name must consist of one of the following options: