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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 Gloucester 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 Registrars for Gloucester County

Clayton Borough
Borough Hall
125 N. Delsea Drive
Clayton, NJ 08312
856.881.2882 ext.101
Deptford Township
Municipal Building
1011 Cooper Street
Deptford, NJ 08096
856.845.5300 ext.262
East Greenwich Township
Municipal Building
159 Democrat Road
Mickleton, NJ 08056
856.423.0654 ext.100
Elk Township
Debora Pine
667 Whig Lane Road
Monroeville, NJ 08343
856.881.6525 ext.10
Franklin Township
Municipal Building
1571Delsea Drive
Franklinville, NJ 08322
856.694.1234 ext.7
Glassboro Borough
Glassboro Boro Hall
1 South Main Street
Glassboro, NJ 08028.2592
856.881.9230 ext.88116
Greenwich Township
420 Washington Street
Gibbstown, NJ 08027

Harrison Township
114 Bridgeton Pike
Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

Logan Township
Municipal Building
125 Main Street
Bridgeport, NJ 08014
856.467.3424 ext.9
Mantua Township
Municipal Building
401 Main Street
Mantua, NJ 08051
856.468.1500 ext.113
Monroe Township
Municipal Building
125 Virgina Avenue
Williamstown, NJ 08094
856.728.9800 ext.213 or 212
National Park Borough
Borough Hall
7 South Grove Avenue
National Park, NJ 08063
Newfield Borough
Borough Hall
18 Catawba Avenue
Newfield, NJ 08344

Paulsboro Borough
Borough Hall
1211 Delaware Street
Paulsboro, NJ 08066

Pitman Borough
110 South Broadway
Pitman, NJ 08071

South Harrison Township
664 Harrisonville Road
Harrisonville, NJ 08039
856.769.3737 ext.110
Swedesboro Borough
1500 Kings Highway
Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Washington Township
J523 Egg Harbor Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
856.589.0520 Ext 213
Wenonah Borough
1 South West Ave.
Wenonah, NJ 08090
West Deptford Township
Municipal Building
400 Crown Point Road
P.O. Box 89
Thorofare, NJ 08086
856.845.4004 ext.102
Westville Borough
Borough Offices
1035 Broadway
Westville, NJ 08093
Woodbury City
33 Delaware Street
Woodbury, NJ 08096
856.845.1300 ext.134 or 115

Woodbury Heights Borough
Municipal Building
500 Elm Avenue
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
Woolwich Township
120 Village Green Drive
Woolwich Twp, NJ 08085
856.467.2666 ext.101

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