Welcome to the Prison Talk Online Community! Take a Minute and Sign Up Today!

Go Back   Prison Talk > U.S. REGIONAL FORUMS > NEW YORK > New York Prison & Jail Visitation, Phones, Packages & Mail
Register Entertainment FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

New York Prison & Jail Visitation, Phones, Packages & Mail Topics / Information relating to the New York Department of Corrections and local / county Jail visitation, phone calls, mail, inmate care packages, etc.

Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-01-2005, 06:43 PM
Manzanita's Avatar
Manzanita Manzanita is offline
home since 8/06

Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New York
Posts: 12,019
Thanks: 3
Thanked 313 Times in 94 Posts
Exclamation *~How to get Married in a NYS CF~*

Getting Married in a New York Prison?

As far as marriage goes in NEW YORK STATE...

1) Inmate must write to Superintendent of the facility requesting permission for marriage. You can also write to them.
2) Inmate gets a written statement of the exact process for that facility, they vary slightly from facility to facility.
3) Inmate gets permission.
4) Wife must call and schedule an interview on a weekday with Correction Officer to go over inmate sentence and go over marriage license procedure.(this meeting is during the week) Ask as many questions as you want to. He will show you the inmates file and take you into a room to tell you what he was charged for as well.
5) Make arrangements with facility for ceremony and have official approved by facility.(Many ladies will refer a reverand to you, or you will use a town clerk, you can give them a fee if you would like like $50-100 for his services)

(In some facilities like Orleans, the cost for the license is $40 and $50 for the Judge (they wont allow Rev).

6) NY State marriage licenses have to be issued no LESS than 24 hours in advance of ceremony (they actually type the time you received it on the license) This is good for 60 days. Get license ($30-40)
From the NY state website.
says 30 in nyc and 40 outside nyc.

*The facility provides this license, and it is given on certain days of the week and month. He must ask when or it may be posted in the visiting area. You have to check, being that some facilities allow this at specific times only!
*Bring ID the day you sign your license! and if you have been married before, divorce papers from that previous marriage.
7) GET MARRIED!!! (during the week some weekends in certain facilities, so you must check first)

His ring cannot have any stones in it and some facilities require a cap on the price of the ring and a RECEIPT! (for example: $150) You must ask the facility about this cap.

FRP: The inmate can APPLY for FRP 6 Months after the marriage. From that date of application it is usually about 90-150 days to the First FRP visit.


When writing the letter to ask for permision to get married, keep it simple, like state who you are, about how long you know eachother, how it developed and you would like to get married now because you are committed, and thank you...that's it, a few paragraphs and that is all. Then mail it to the Superintendant.


To Change your last name:

First change your Social Security Card...
then your license or NY state I.D...and then whatever you want to, like the bank, credit cards, utility bills, work id....Just bring your marriage certificate and old id and it should be changed ok.

Yes, you can get married in a county jail. All you need is the license and approval form the superintendent.

Can a person who is not a citizen marry an inmate?
(Information provided by TNC, Marriage Moderator)
Here is a link to some information on marrying a US inmate. From what I can tell its not an easy process, but it can be done. In most states the person the inmate wants to marry has to be on the visitation list so if the state normally does back ground checks for visitors then thats probably when any back ground check by the prison would be done.


Here is another link that might help


If any of this is different where you go, please let me know

PM JenG!!!


If you have been married in a New York prison and would like to share with everyone then please post at the link below. Here is a list of questions and if you can add anything else then please do so.

1. Did you have any counsling
2. How long did the whole process take
3. Did you have to find your own minister
4. Were you allowed any flowers or disposable camera
5. How many guests were allowed to be there
6. What was the process to get the marriage license
7. What were the costs you had to pay
8. What were the two of you allowed to wear
9. Were you allowed to bring a wedding band in for him or did it have to be mailed and what was the value limit


Do not post wedding information in this forum, post ONLY in the wedding forum at the link above...
Attached Files
File Type: pdf 4201.pdf (121.8 KB, 140 views)
I no longer work for PTO and do not have updated information to share
please go to the NY Forum for help from current staff and members!
Good Luck to you!

Last edited by Momma Ann; 07-25-2010 at 05:02 AM..
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Manzanita For This Useful Post:
babygirl5 (11-16-2008), LSB (04-09-2008), Newnew224 (10-08-2012), qu33ns1n (03-13-2013)
Sponsored Links
Closed Thread


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:54 AM.
Copyright © 2001- 2017 Prison Talk Online
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Website Design & Custom vBulletin Skins by: Relivo Media
Message Board Statistics