City Hall re-opened to the public on March 22, 2021, but we encourage you to do transactions by mail whenever possible. Be advised that only one party will be allowed in the City Clerk’s office at a time, so you may need to wait longer than usual should you choose to come in person. A mask that covers your nose and mouth will be required at all times in City Hall, and visitors are expected to adhere to public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Scroll down for 1) new marriage license applications; 2) instructions on requesting a copy of your marriage certificate; 3) instructions on submitting a genealogy request for marriage records; and 4) a list of local marriage officiants.
Marriage License Applications
Getting married in New York State is a three-step process: 1) obtain a marriage license from a municipal clerk; 2) have a ceremony (it may be religious or secular), after which the officiant and witnesses sign the license; 3) return the signed license to the municipal clerk.
In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 202.20, new marriage licenses are available via video-conference during the COVID-19 emergency. See this document for instructions. Due to the large number of requests we receive, you should submit your application and documents a minimum of two weeks before your scheduled ceremony.
Marriage licenses are issued in person at the City Clerk’s office by appointment Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Due to the large number of requests we receive, you should call for an appointment a minimum of two weeks before your scheduled ceremony. Click here for application forms for in-person appointments.
New York State law requires that you wait at least 24 hours after receiving the license before having a ceremony, and have your ceremony within 59 days thereafter. You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for this license. Both parties to this marriage must appear in person at the Office of the City Clerk. Licenses obtained in the City of Troy may be used anywhere in New York State.
FEE: There is a non-refundable $40.00 fee per couple which includes the license and one certificate of marriage. The fee may only be waived for active-duty military personnel who present proof of current service.
Submit one item from each group below with your application. All documents must be original or certified copies. No exceptions. Photocopied, faxed, or digital images are not acceptable. Documents in another language must be translated into English and notarized as certified translations.
- Group 1: Photo ID – driver’s license, passport, employer or government-issued ID with name & date of birth
- Group 2: Birth Record – original or certified copy of birth certificate with raised seal, original baptismal record with date of birth, or original naturalization record with date of birth.
- Group 3: Previous Marriage(s), if applicable – a judgment of divorce, court-ordered annulment, or death certificate is required for each previous marriage.
Changing Your Name Through Marriage:
A person’s name does not automatically change upon marriage, and neither party to the marriage is required to change their surname (last name/family name). Parties to a marriage do not need to have the same surname after marriage. Either party to a marriage may elect to change their middle name and/or surname after marriage by entering the new name(s) on their application form.
The entry for New Middle Name shall consist of one of the following:
- the current surname of the spouse electing to change their name; or
- any former surname of the spouse electing to change their name; or
- the surname of the other spouse.
The entry for New Surname shall consist of one of the following:
- the surname of the other spouse; or
- any former surname of either spouse; or
- a name combining into a single surname all or a segment of the pre-marriage surname or any former surname of each spouse; or
- a combination name separated by a hyphen or space, provided that each part of such combination surname is the pre-marriage surname, or any former surname, of each of the spouses.
Copy of Marriage Certificate
Marriage records are on file in the municipality where the license was originally applied for, not where the ceremony took place (e.g., if a couple obtained a license in East Greenbush and had the ceremony in Troy; the record would be on file in East Greenbush).
If you obtained your marriage license from this office, you can get a copy of your marriage certificate by mail. Send a copy of your driver’s license, a check for $10.00 made payable to the Troy City Clerk, you and your spouse’s full names at the time of marriage, and the date of your marriage to Troy City Clerk, 433 River Street, Troy, NY 12180. Include a phone number in case we have questions, and the address where you would like the certificate to be mailed. Upon receipt of this information, we will provide a certified copy of the marriage certificate.
If you are not sure whether you obtained your license in Troy and would like us to check our records before sending payment, please email a picture of your driver’s license, you and your spouse’s full names at the time of marriage, and the date of your marriage to [email protected]. We cannot verify records without identification.
The City Clerk’s office performs genealogy searches for marriages only. If you require searches for Birth or Death records you must contact the Office of Vital Records at (518) 279-7309 or visit their web page.
Marriage Records date back to November of 1881, and a transcript—not an image or photocopy—can be provided for the records we have. A Genealogy Search Application should be filled out and accompanied by a check or money order for $22.00, made payable to “Troy City Clerk.” The fee covers the cost of the search, not the cost of the record. The fee still applies even if the record was not found. It may take up to one week to complete the search.
New York State law states that a marriage may be solemnized by “a clergyman or minister of any religion.” Officiants do not need to register with any government entity in the city, county, or state.
The City Clerk’s office does not perform marriage ceremonies. If you prefer to have a civil (non-religious) ceremony, you can schedule an appointment at the following locations:
Brunswick Town Hall (518) 279-3461, Ext 113 or 119
East Greenbush Town Hall (518) 477-2005, Ext 5
Hoosick Town Hall (518) 686-4571, Ext 3
Hoosick Falls Town Hall (518) 686-7072, Ext 4
Nassau Town Hall (518) 766-2343, Ext 4
North Greenbush Town Hall (518) 283-2789, Ext 5
Pittstown Town Hall (518) 753-4222, Ext 305
Poestenkill Town Hall (518) 283-5100, Ext 105
Rensselaer County Family Court (518) 453-5515
Sand Lake Town Hall (518) 674-3033
Schaghticoke Town Hall (518) 753-6915, Ext 106 or 107
Schodack Town Hall (518) 477-7918
Troy City Court Judge (518) 453-5930
Please contact the City Clerk’s Office via email at [email protected] or via phone at (518) 279-7134.