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Important Notice Regarding Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses

The City Clerk’s Office is pleased to announce it has received the 2015-2016 Local Government Records Improvement Fund Grant (LGRIFG) from New York State. The grant will support the digitization of all Marriage Record books retained in the office. 

Digitizing these records will provide a more efficient and effective means of record access and retention. This will in turn enable the City Clerk’s Office the opportunity to provide an even higher level of customer service with quicker searches and improved record processing. 

During the process of digitization certain Marriage Record books will be temporarily unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Access to Marriage Records is still available by contacting the New York State Department of Health – Vital Records. Their contract information is as follows: email at or telephone, toll-free, at 855-322-1022. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.


What documents are needed to obtain a marriage license?

All documents must be certified with a raised seal. You will need a birth certificate or Baptismal Certificate (if birth certificate cannot be obtained) or Naturalization Papers (if birth certificate cannot be obtained) and a photo ID (driver’s license, non-driver’s or work ID with a birth date on it). All previous marriage info is needed (Divorce, Annulment, Death certificates) Passports cannot be used as a substitute for a birth document. Both parties must be present with $40.00 dollars. CASH ONLY


What time are Marriage Licenses Issued?

We issue marriage licenses from 9:00AM until 4:00PM (Monday Thru Friday ONLY) at City Hall, Room 202, Albany, NY 12207 (518-434-5090)


When can I get married?

NYS Law requires a 24-hour waiting period before a ceremony can be performed. The license is valid for sixty (60) days from the day after you receive it.

Is a blood test Required for a Marriage License in New York State?



Where are marriage licenses kept on file?

Marriage licenses are kept on file where the original marriage license was obtained. Each town, city, village keeps their own records. e.g. Guilderland, Colonie & Bethlehem. If you are still having trouble locating it, or have forgotten where you obtained it, you may go through NYS Dept of Health(518-474-3077)


Do I get my birth certificate from the City Clerk’s Office?

Birth certificates are not obtained in the City Clerks Office; they are obtained from the Bureau of Vital Statistics, a division of the City Clerk’s Office, at 518-434-5045 (address: City Hall – Rm 254M, Albany, NY 12207)


Where do I get my Certificate of Residency?

These may be obtained at the County of Albany, 112 State St, Albany, NY 12207( 518-447-7070).


Can I obtain my divorce documents at the City Clerks Office?

Divorce documents are obtained from the County of Albany or the county in which you filed for divorce.


Animal Control

Is no longer a part of the City Clerks office, they can be reached at the Albany Police Department at 526 Central Avenue (518-434-5091).

Taxi complaints

may be made to Traffic Safety 518- 458-5675 ATTN: PO Curt Ricci)

Family Court

is now located at 30 Clinton Avenue (old Salvation Army building) 518- 285-8600.