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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:


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:


Common Law Marriages:


Proxy Marriages


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:



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.


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


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.


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

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

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List of Local Registrars for Bergen County

Allendale Borough
Municipal Building
500 W. Cresent Ave.
Allendale, NJ 07401
Alpine Borough
Gail Warming.Tanno
100 Church Street
Alpine, NJ 07620
201.784.2900 ext.19
Bergenfield Borough
198 N. Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
201.387.4055 opt.5

Bogota Borough
Borough Hall
375 Larch Avenue
Bogota, NJ 07603
201.342.1736 ext.223
Carlstadt Borough
Borough Hall
500 Madison Street
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
Cliffside Park Borough
Board of Health
525 Palisade Avenue
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
Closter Borough
Borough Hall
295 Closter Dock Road
Closter, NJ 07624
201.784.0600 ext.493
Cresskill Borough
67 Union Ave
Cresskill, NJ 07626

Demarest Borough
Borough Hall
118 Serpentine Road
Demarest, NJ 07627
Dumont Borough
Borough Hall
50 Washington Avenue
Dumont, NJ 07628
East Rutherford Borough
Municipal Building
One Everett Place
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
201.933.3444 ext.260
Edgewater Borough
Community Center
1167 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
201.943.1700 ext.6007
Elmwood Park Borough
Municipal Building
182 Market Street
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
Emerson Borough
Municipal Building
Municipal Place
Emerson, NJ 07630
Englewood City
Englewood Dept. of Health
73 S. Van Brunt Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
Englewood Cliffs Borough
Board of Health
10 Kahn Terrace
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
201.569.5252 ext.300
Fair Lawn Borough
8.01 Fair Lawn Avenue
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201.794.5327 or 5331

Fairview Borough
53 Grant Street
Fairview, NJ 07022

Fort Lee Borough
Mary Lazzaro
Heather Rumi
309 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
201.592.3590 ext.1106
Franklin Lakes Borough
Municipal Building
DeKorte Drive
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417
201.891.0048 ext.5

Garfield City
60 Elizabeth Street
Garfield, NJ 07026

Glen Rock Borough
Borough of Glen Rock
Municipal Building
Harding Plaza
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
Hackensack City
Health Department
215 State Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601.5582
201.646.3965/ 3966,3967,3995
Harrington Park Borough
Municipal Building
85 Harriot Avenue
Harrington Park, NJ 07640

Hasbrouck Heights Borough
320 Boulevard
Hasbrouck Heights,NJ

Haworth Borough
300 Haworth Avenue
Haworth, NJ 07641

Hillsdale Borough
Municipal Building
380 Hillsdale Avenue
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
201.666.4800 ext.1525

Ho-Ho-Kus BoroughHo.ho.kus, NJ 07423.1574

Leonia Borough
Borough Hall
312 Broad Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605
201.592.5780 ext.259
Little Ferry Borough
Municipal Building
215.217 Liberty Street
Little Ferry, NJ 07643
Lodi Borough
Borough Hall
#1 Memorial Drive
Lodi, NJ 07644
973.365.4005 ext.400

Lyndhurst Borough253 Stuyvesant Avenue
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
201.804.2500 ext.11

Mahwah Township
Municipal Building
475 Corporate Drive
P.O. Box 733
Mahwah, NJ 07430
201.529.5757 ext.207
Maywood Borough
Borough of Maywood
15 Park Avenue
Maywood, NJ 07607
201.845.2906 ext.211
Midland Park Borough
22 W. Prospect Street
Waldwick, NJ 07463

Montvale Borough
Municipal Building
12 Mercedes Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645
201.391.5700 ext.225
Moonachie Borough
Borough Hall
70 Moonachie Road
Moonachie, NJ 07074
New Milford Borough
930 River Road
New Milford, NJ 07646
201.967.5044 ext.7075

North Arlington Borough
Health Department
10 Beaver Avenue
North Arlington, NJ 07031
Northvale Borough
Municipal Center
116 Paris Avenue
Northvale, NJ 07647
Norwood Borough
Municipal Center
455 Broadway
Norwood, NJ 07648
Oakland Borough
Municipal Building
One Municipal Plaza
Oakland, NJ 07436
Old Tappan Borough
227 Old Tappan Road
Old Tappan, NJ 07675
Oradell Borough
Borough Hall
355 Kinderkamack Road
Oradell, NJ 07649
Palisades Park Borough
Borough Hall
275 Broad Avenue
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
Paramus Borough
Board of Health
Jockish Square
Paramus, NJ 07652
201.265.2100 ext.755
Park Ridge Borough
Borough Hall
55 Park Avenue
Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Ramsey Borough
Municipal Building
33 N. Central Avenue
Ramsey, NJ 07446
201.825.3400 ext.245
Ridgefield Borough
Health Center
725 Slocum Avenue
Ridgefield, NJ 07657
Ridgefield Park Village
234 Main Street
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
201.641.4950 ext.102

Ridgewood Village
131 N. Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201.670.5500 ext.502

River Edge Borough
705 Kinderkamack Road
River Edge, NJ 07661.2499

River Vale Township
Municipal Building
406 Rivervale Road
River Vale, NJ 07675
Rochelle Park Township
151 W. Passaic Street
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
201.587.7730 ext.101

Rockleigh Borough
Borough Hall
26 Rockleigh Road
Rockleigh, NJ 07647
Rutherford Borough
Municipal Building
184 Park Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070
Saddle Brook Township
Municipal Building
93 Market Street
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663.4899
Saddle River Borough
Municipal Building
100 E. Allendale Road
Saddle River, NJ 07458
South Hackensack Township
227 Phillips Avenue
So. Hackensack, NJ 07606
Teaneck Township
Municipal Building
818 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
Tenafly Borough
100 Riveredge Road
Tenafly, NJ 07670
201.568.6100 et.x5511

Teterboro Borough
510 Rt 46W
Route 46 West
Teterboro, NJ 07608
Upper Saddle River Borough
22 W. Prospect Street
Waldwick, NJ 07463

Waldwick Borough
22 W. Prospect Street
Waldwick, NJ 07463

Wallington Borough
24 Union Blvd.
Civic Center
Wallington, NJ 07057
973.777.0318 ext.214

Washington Township
Health Office
350 Hudson Avenue
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Westwood Borough
Administration Building
101 Washington Avenue
Westwood, NJ 07675
201.664.7100 ext.129
Woodcliff Lake Borough
Municipal Building
188 Pascack Road
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
201.391.4977 ext.221
Wood-Ridge Borough
Municipal Building
85 Humboldt Street
Wood.Ridge, NJ 07075
Wyckoff Township
Scott Plaza
Memorial Town Hall
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
201.891.7000 ext.102

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