Where can I get a copy of my marriage certificate?
Copies of marriage certificates are available only from the Manhattan Office of the City Clerk (except for marriages in 1996, which are available in the borough offices where the ceremony took place). If the marriage took place within the past 50 years, only the husband or wife or someone with written authorization from them may apply for certified copies. (Marriages that took place more than 50 years ago are considered to be part of the public records.) You may apply in person or by mail. If you apply by mail (City Clerk, Municipal Building, New York, NY 10007) include a short note explaining that you want a certified copy of your marriage certificate, giving the names of bride and groom, the date of the marriage, and the borough office where it was performed. Include the correct fee as a money order made payable to the "City Clerk of New York." A one-year search with one certified copy costs $15, a two-year search $16, a three-year search $16.50, a four-year search $17, and a five-year search $17.50. Each additional certified copy costs an extra $10. Allow four to six weeks. Marriage certificates earlier than 1929 are kept by the Municipal Archives. Call them at (212) 788-8580.