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How to Apply for a Marriage License in New Jersey State

Marriage license laws in the state of New Jersey, here is what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the New Jersey marriage laws before you apply for a New Jersey marriage license.

Requirements may vary as each borough/city/township in New Jersey could have their own requirements. It is important to verify current requirements with the county/city/town clerk where you plan to get married. The application for a Marriage License can be obtained from any Local Registrar's Office. You can download a pdf version of the New Jersey marriage license application here!.

Be sure to contact the Belvidere Registrar well in advance of the wedding to find out on what days and during what hours the Registrar will be in the office. Some locales will require an appointment.

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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.

Name Change:

Getting a marriage license with your new name on it does not mean your name has automatically changed. If you need to change your last name, you can use an online marriage name change kit.

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 

List of Registrars for Atlantic County

Absecon City
Municipal Complex
500 Mill Road
Absecon, NJ
609.641.0663 ext.101
Atlantic City
City Hall, 1st Fl. rm 105
1301 Bacharach Blvd.
Atlantic City, NJ
609.347.5411
Brigantine City
City Hall
1417 W. Brigantine Ave.
Brigantine, NJ
609.266.7600 ext.220
Buena Borough
616 Central Avenue
Minotola, NJ
856.697.9393

Buena Vista Township
Municipal Building
890 Harding Highway
Buena, NJ
856.697.2100
Corbin City
316 Route 50
Corbin City, NJ
609.628.2673

Egg Harbor City
500 London Avenue
Egg Harbor, NJ
609.965.0081

Egg Harbor Township
Township Hall
3515 Bargaintown Road
Egg Harbor Twp., NJ
609.926.4085
Estell Manor City
148 Cumberland Ave
Estell Manor, NJ
609.476.2692

Folsom Borough
1700 12th Street
Folsom, NJ
609.561.3178

Galloway Township
Municipal Building
300 E. Jimmie Leeds Rd.
Galloway, NJ
609.652.3700 ext.237
Hamilton Township
6101 13th Street Suite 201
Mays Landing, NJ
609.625.1511 ext.401 or 402

Hammonton Town
100 Central Avenue
Hammonton, NJ
609.567.4300 ext.102

Linwood City
400 Poplar Avenue
Linwood, NJ
609.927.4108

Longport Borough
Borough Hall
2305 Atlantic Avenue
Longport, NJ
609.823.2731 ext.117
Margate City
Municipal Building
1 S. Washington Aveune
Margate, NJ
609.822.0424
Mullica Township
Town Hall
4528 Whitehorse Pike
Elwood, NJ
609.561.0064
Northfield City
City Hall
1600 Shore Road
Northfield, NJ
609.641.2832 ext.126 or 127
Pleasantville City
City Hall
18 N. First Street
Pleasantville, NJ
609.484.3611 or 3613
Port Republic City
143 Main Street
Port Republic, NJ
609.652.1501

Somers Point City
City Hall
1 West New Jersey Ave.
Somers Point, NJ
609.927.9088
Ventnor City
City Hall Room 5
6201 Atlantic Avenue
Ventnor, NJ
609.823.7904
Weymouth Township
45 South Jersey Avenue
Dorothy, NJ
609.476.2633

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