A Certificate of Non-Impediment is an official Certification that the City Clerk's Office has no information that would be an "impediment" to your getting a Marriage License in the City of New York.
If you are planning to marry in another country, you may be required to obtain a Certificate of Non-Impediment.
The fee for a Certificate of Non-Impediment is $15 by credit card or money order payable to the City Clerk.
To qualify for a Certificate of Non-Impediment, you must reside within the City of New York and must not presently be married.
The Certificate of Non-Impediment is valid for six months from the date of the certificate.
To obtain a Certificate of Non-Impediment, you may visit our Manhattan office to obtain and complete the application for the Certificate of Non-Impediment, or you may submit an application to the Office of the City Clerk via City Clerk Online and visit our Manhattan office during regular business hours to complete it.
Proper Identification is required to obtain a Certificate of Non-Impediment.
The application will require that you provide the following information:
- The town or city and country where the
ceremony will be performed.
- The approximate day and month of the ceremony that must take place within six months from the date of the Certificate of Non-Impediment
For the certificate to be valid outside the United States, you must complete two additional steps after you receive the Certificate of Non-Impediment:
- Step one: take the document to the nearest County Clerk's Office to authenticate the City Clerk's hand signature, for a fee of $3. Get a list of the five County Clerks' offices within the City of New York and the forms of payment that are accepted in each office.
- Step two: take the document to the New York State Department of State for the authentication of the County Clerk's signature and the attachment of an "Apostille," for a fee of $10 in cash or by check or money order.
- The Department of State is located at 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038.
- Learn about the purpose of the Apostille via the Web site of the Department of State of the State of New York.