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The Town of Ulysses is a welcoming, inclusive, and beautiful place to get married.

The first step in a legal marriage is getting a license. Marriage licenses are issued by Town and City Clerk in New York State and are valid to use anywhere in New York State.

The Ulysses Clerk's office is open to the public from 10am-3pm
Monday through Friday. We also accept appointments outside of those hours. Either way, it is best to make an appointment. Please plan about 20 minutes for this process.


  1. You and your partner must apply in person together.
  2. Please decide before you arrive if either party will change his or her middle or last name after marriage, as this will be entered on the marriage license. 
  3. Required Documents:
    • birth certificate
    • driver’s license, state ID card or passport
    • proof of dissolution of any former marriages- (annulment papers, divorce decree or death certificate)
  4. Fee:
    • FREE (as of 10/22/2019) for Active Duty Military Personnel  with proof of status
    • $40.00 all others
  5. You must wait 24 hours from the time the license is issued before you can get married.
  6. The license will expire 60 days after being issued. (180 days for active duty military members). If you do not get married within 60 days, you will need to repeat the licensing process and pay another $40.
  7. After your marriage ceremony, the officiant (the person who marries you) must complete the bottom half of the license and return it to the clerk's office. The clerk will then submit the information to New York state and issue a marriage certificate to the new couple.

You can find a list of local civil officiants here

For more information, visit the NYS Dept. of Health.


Copies of your marriage certificate are available from either NYS ($30 fee) or the Town or City Clerk's office ($10 fee) where you received your original marriage license. The fee is $10. If you do not remember where your license was issued, you can apply to New York State.

Complete the Application for Certified Marriage Copy
to get started.

The Town of Ulysses marriage records begin with 1908. If you are looking for historic or genealogic information, you can view Ulysses census information from 1850-1912  through our public portal here.