Sign your marriage certificate correctly after the ceremony to validate your marriage
You must apply for a New York marriage license in the county where you intend to get married prior to the wedding. Once you have your marriage license, you can have your wedding ceremony within that county after the required waiting period has been met and as long as the marriage license is still valid. After your wedding ceremony, the marriage certificate must be signed to validate your marriage. Making a mistake in this process could nullify your marriage.
Download the Marriage License Packet to assist you with the New York marriage license process, as well as help you research additional information on various marriage topics.