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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 Hudson 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 Hudson County

Bayonne City
(Births & Deaths)
Municipal Building
630 Avenue C
Bayonne, NJ 07002
201.858.6134
Bayonne City
(Marriages Only)
Municipal Building
630 Avenue C
Bayonne, NJ 07002
201.858.6028
East Newark Borough
R34 Sherman Avenue
Borough Hall
East Newark, NJ 07029
973.481.2902

Guttenberg Town
Town Hall
6808 Park Ave.
Guttenberg, NJ 07093
201.868.2315 ext.100

Harrison Town
Town Hall
318 Harrison Avenue
Harrison, NJ 07029
973.268.2443

Hoboken City
Board of Health
124 Grand Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
201.420.2366

Jersey City
(Marriages & Deaths occurring
Sept 1, 2006 . present)
280 Grove Street, Room 118
Jersey City, NJ 07302
201.547.5150 or 5151
Kearny Town
Health Center
645 Kearny Avenue
Kearny, NJ 07032
201.997.0600

North Bergen Township
S1116 43rd Street 2nd Floor
North Bergen, NJ 07047
201.392.2084


Secaucus Town
Marriages, Deaths occurring
Sept 1, 2006 to Present
1203 Paterson Plank Rd
Secaucus, NJ 07094
201.330.2020
Marriages Only
Union City
City Hall
3715 Palisade Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087
201.348.5733


Weehawken Township
Municipal Building
400 Park Avenue
Weehawken, NJ 07086
201.319.6024


West New York Town
Health Center
428 60th Street, Rm 30
West New York, NJ 07093
201.295.5070

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