Jay-Z And Beyonce Take Out Marriage License: Reports

'They were holding hands for a while. They looked really happy,' an eyewitness reportedly said.

Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z have taken out a marriage license in Scarsdale, New York, a source reportedly told People.com.

The pair obtained the license, which is valid for 60 days in New York State, on Tuesday morning, according to the report.

“It was just the two of them,” an eyewitness reportedly told the site. “They were very polite and smiling as they filled out the paperwork. They were holding hands for a while. They looked really happy.”

At press time, reps for the artists had no comment or could not be reached.

A source reportedly told UsMagazine.com on Tuesday that the couple have told friends they would like to marry in May after Jay-Z’s tour with Mary J. Blige ends. “Jay is trying to pull it together quickly and on the fly to keep it private,” the source told the site. “They really wanted it to be private.” However, that article had been removed from the magazine’s Web site by Wednesday morning (April 2).

New York’s Daily News reported this week that while Beyoncé was out of town filming for the Etta James biopic “Cadillac Records,” Jay met with her younger sister, Solange, in Miami. Sources reportedly told the paper the two discussed Jay’s proposing to Beyoncé and asking for her manager/father Mathew’s consent.

Beyoncé, 26, and Jay-Z, 38, have been a couple since 2002, and marriage rumors have long been rampant. The couple rarely discuss their relationship publicly.

In September, Jay told reporters in Las Vegas during VMA Week that the couple will get married “one day soon — let’s leave it at that.”

In December 2006, Beyoncé said to InStyle, “You can’t rush a man into anything — whether it’s a relationship, marriage or having children.” And in 2005, she downplayed marriage rumors in an interview with Vanity Fair.

[This story was originally published on 4.01.08 at 10:43 p.m. ET]