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How to Apply for a Marriage License in New Jersey State

How to Register for a Civil Union in New Jersey State

How to Register for a Certificate of Domestic Partnership in NJ

How Much a Marriage License Cost?

New Jersey law requires a couple to obtain a marriage license in order to have a legally binding wedding ceremony. Some states require a medical examination or blood tests in order to obtain a license. All require proof of identification and a marriage license application fee.

The cost for a marriage license application in New Jersey is $28.

The fee paid should cover application processing and at least one copy of the marriage license.

Some New Jersey locales will only accept cash. Please call ahead to verify whether or not you need cash.

Atlantic 
Bergen 
Burlington 
Camden 
Cape May 
Cumberland 
Essex 
Gloucester 
Hudson 
Hunterdon 
Mercer 
Middlesex 
Monmouth 
Morris 
Ocean 
Passaic 
Salem 
Somerset 
Sussex 
Union 
Warren 

New Jersey Residency Requirement:

  1. The marriage license application is to be made in the New Jersey municipality in which either party resides and the license is valid throughout the State of New Jersey.

  2. If neither applicant is a New Jersey resident, submit the application in the municipality where the marriage ceremony will be performed, the license is only valid in the issuing municipality.

Please contact the Local Registrar to determine if license applications are handled during business hours or by appointment.

Note: For marriage license purposes, military personnel are residents of the posts where they are stationed.

Covenant Marriage:

No.

ID Requirements in New Jersey:

Picture id such as Drivers License, and certified copies of birth certificates, or naturalization certificates, or valid passports or alien cards. US citizens also need to know their Social Security numbers.

Under 18:

If you are under 18 years of age, you will need both parents to give consent in front of two witnesses in order for you to receive a marriage license. Those under 16 need judicial approval. In the case of pregnancy or the birth of a child, special provisions may apply.

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How Much a Marriage License Cost?

$28 - cash only in some locales.

Cousin Marriages:

Yes.

Common Law Marriages:

No.

Proxy Marriages

No.

Previous Marriages:

You will need to show documentation to prove a previous marriage has been dissolved either through death or divorce. Acceptable documents include a certified copy of the final decree of divorce or a certified copy of the death certificate for your former spouse.

Same_Sex Marriages:

Yes.

Remarriage:

For individuals who are currently in a marriage in New Jersey or are in an opposite sex marriage in another state or country there exists the option to reaffirm your relationship/vows by registering a Remarriage. In order to apply for a Remarriage the couple must provide proof of their existing opposite sex marriage, meet the requirements for entering into a marriage in New Jersey and follow the guidelines above to completing the license application.

The process for a Remarriage License are the same as for the Marriage License, except that the Remarriage License must be accompanied by the proof of existing marriage and once the application is filed there is no 72 hour waiting period before the license is issued.

If you have special circumstances such as emergency, illness, military leave, etc., a Superior Court Judge can sign a waiver that would waive the waiting period. After you apply for the license, and have a Judge sign the waiver, you can have the License issued immediately.

Witnesses:

You will need a witness who is over 18 years of age with you when you apply for the marriage license.

Officiants:

Judges of a Federal District Court, United States magistrates, Judges of a Municipal Court, Judges of the Superior Court, Judges of a Tax Court, Retired judges of the Superior Court, Judge or the Superior or Tax Court who has resigned in good standing, any Mayor/Deputy Mayor or Chairman of any Township Committee, Village President of New Jersey, County Clerks, and every minister of every religion. At the time you apply for your marriage license you will have to provide the name of who is going to marry you, where, and when, and an address and phone number for the officiant.

Miscellaneous:

The Marriage License application is valid for six months from the date accepted, unless the Registrar has granted prior approval to extend the validity of the application to a maximum of one year.

The New Jersey Marriage license is valid for thirty (30) days from date of issuance.

A couple wishing to have both religious and civil ceremonies may be issued a license for both ceremonies on the basis of a single application. However, a couple wishing to have two religious ceremonies, and wanting to have a public record of each, may not have two licenses issued at the same time. They must apply for and use the first license. They must then return to the Registrar with the signed original certificate of the marriage and a witness to apply for a remarriage license.

Copy of Certificate of Marriage:

New Jersey Department for Public Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
P.O. Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307
Phone: (609) 292-4087

Please Note: State and county marriage license requirements often change. The above information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Check with your local registrar license office or borough/city/county clerk before you leave home to apply for your marriage license. To notify us of corrections or additions send an email to update@usmarriagelaws.com.

To find a Local Registrar in your area, click on the county name below.

Atlantic 
Bergen 
Burlington 
Camden 
Cape May 
Cumberland 
Essex 
Gloucester 
Hudson 
Hunterdon 
Mercer 
Middlesex 
Monmouth 
Morris 
Ocean 
Passaic 
Salem 
Somerset 
Sussex 
Union 
Warren 

New Jersey City Registrar's Office

Belvidere Town Clerk
Belvidere, NJ
908.475.5331
Borough of Somerville
Somerville, NJ
908.704.6980
City Of Bridgeton
Bridgeton, NJ
856.455.3230
City of Burlington
Burlington NJ
609.267.0170
City of Camden
Camden, NJ
856.757.7085
City of Elizabeth
Elizabeth, NJ
908.820.4082
City Of Hackensack
Hackensack, NJ
201.646.3965
City of Newark
Newark, NJ
973.733.3825
City of Passaic
Passaic, NJ
973.365.5500
City of Woodbury
Woodbury, NJ
856.845.1300
Dover Township
Dover, NJ
732.341.1000
Elmwood Park Borough
Elmwood Park, NJ
201.796.1457
Fairfield Township
Fairfield, NJ
973.882.2700
Flemington Borough
Flemington, NJ
908.782.8840
Freehold Township
Freehold, NJ
732.294.2010
Hamilton Township
Hamilton, NJ
609.890.3826
Jersey City
Jersey City, NJ
201.547.5150
Morristown Township
Morristown, NJ
973.292.6638
New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ
732.745.5040
Town Of Newton
Newton, NJ
973.383.3523
Salem City
Salem, NJ
856.935.0373

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