The Marriage Equality Act goes into effect Sunday, July 24, 2011. Because July 24 is a Sunday, many town and city clerks' offices may be closed. Please contact your local clerk's office to confirm their hours of operation on July 24th and for the remainder of the week, as some clerks' offices may offer extended hours.
Below is a list of some of the clerks’ offices that will be open on Sunday, July 24.
New York City
Clerk’s offices across the City: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Please note: New York City will be using a lottery system to select couples.
List of available lottery slots by borough:
- Manhattan City Clerk's Office - 400
- Brooklyn City Clerk's Office - 112
- Queens City Clerk's Office - 112
- Bronx City Clerk's Office - 98
- Staten Island - 42
Enter the lottery here: http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/marriage/lottery.shtml
Couples are also encouraged to begin the marriage license process online.
Hours of Binghamton's Clerk's office: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hours of Buffalo Clerk’s office: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hours of Ithaca Clerk's office: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Niagra Clerk's office will be open by appointment. (716) 286-4393
North Hempstead Clerk's office will be open by appointment. (516) 869-7650
Hours of Rochester Clerk’s office: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hours of Syracuse’s Clerk’s office: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
State law requires a 24-hour waiting period from the issuance of a marriage license before a marriage can occur, unless a waiver is obtained by the applicants. More than 60 judges from the New York State court system have volunteered to work on Sunday to review requests to waive the 24-hour marriage waiting period normally required under State law and to perform marriage ceremonies for eligible couples. Judges will be on hand in all five New York City boroughs throughout the day. Contact your local clerk for more information.