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Home > City Departments > City Clerk > Requesting a Copy of a Marriage Certificate

Requesting a Copy of a Marriage Certificate - FOR THE CITY OF BUFFALO ONLY


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Marriage records start at 1877 to present.  
Phone: (716) 851-5444

  • Marriage records are available at the Buffalo City Clerk's Office located on the 13th floor of City Hall.  You must show proper identification as indicated under "Identification Requirements"

  • Office hours:  Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm

  • Application for Marriage Certificate

  • Requesting a record in Person: You must provide proper identification and meet eligibility requirements depending on the type of document you are seeking. The fee is $10 per certificate payable by money order, credit card (MasterCard® or Visa®)  or cash.

  • Requesting a record Via Internet: The City of Buffalo Vital Records does not accept credit cards for online orders; however, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc.  VitalChek can be reached either through its website, www.vitalchek.com, or by phone at 1-800-255-2414.  An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®. 

  • Requesting a record Via Mail: Orders are processed within 7-10 days from receipt of mail request and the following information must be included:

    • Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope
    • Money order payable to the City Clerk ($10 per Certificate)
    • Copy of government issued photo ID 
    • Proof of address if your address on your ID is not current and send to:

Vital Records
1302 City Hall
65 Niagara Square
Buffalo NY 14202

  • Fees: If no record is on file, a NO RECORD CERTIFICATION will be issued and the fee will NOT be refunded.

Who is eligible to obtain a marriage certificate copy?

        -  The bride or groom
        -  New York State Court Order or a Government agency for a legal or proper purpose only

Marriage certificates are NOT subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and are NOT open to public inspection.

Identification Requirements - application must be submitted with copies of EITHER A or B:

A.  One (1) of the following forms of valid photo ID:

     - Drivers license with photo
     - Non-driver photo ID card
     - Passport
     - Other government issued photo ID

                                       OR

B.  Five (5) of the following showing the applicant's name and address:

     - Utility bills (gas, electric, phone, cable)
     - Paycheck stubs
     - Social Services card
     - Social Security card
     - Health Insurance card
     - Mortgage/Rental lease statement

Important Notes:

Failure to include necessary identification will result in rejection of your application.

A copy of Passport is required if request is made from a foreign country that requires a U.S. Passport for travel.

The marriage license is valid for 60 days, beginning the day after it is issued.

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Appointments for wedding ceremonies at City Hall or within the Buffalo City limits can be made at the time of the license or by contacting our office, (716) 851-5444.