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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 Middlesex 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 Middlesex County

Carteret Borough
Memorial Municipal Bldg
61 Cooke Ave
Carteret, NJ 07008
Cranbury Township
23 A No. Main Street
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609.395.0900 ext.234

Dunellen Borough
355 North Avenue
Dunellen, NJ 08812

East Brunswick Township
1 Jean Walling Civic Ctr
East Brunswick, NJ 08816

Edison Township
100 Municipal Boulevard
Edison, NJ 08817

Helmetta Borough
Borough Hall
60 Main Street
Helmetta, NJ 08828
732.521.4946 ext.100
Highland Park Borough
221 So. 5th Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
Jamesburg Borough
131 Perrineville Road
Jamesburg, NJ 08831
732.521.2222 ext.108
Metuchen Borough
500 Main Street
Metuchen, NJ 08840
Middlesex Borough
Borough Hall
1200 Mountain Avenue
Middlesex, NJ 08846
732.356.8090 ext.254
Milltown Borough
DMunicipal Building
39 Washington Avenue
Milltown, NJ 08850
732.828.2100 ext.129
Monroe Township
1 Municipal Plaza
Monroe Township, NJ 08831

New Brunswick City
Civic Square Plaza Entrance
78 Bayard Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08903

North Brunswick Township
710 Hermann Road
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
732.247.0922 ext.470

Old Bridge Township
Department of Health
1 Old Bridge Plaza
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
732.721.5600 ext.6200

Perth Amboy City
1 Olive St.
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
732.826.1690 ext.4310 or 4309
Piscataway Township
455 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Plainsboro Township
641 Plainsboro Road
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
609.799.0909 ext.303
Sayreville Borough
49 Dolan Streeet
Sayreville, NJ 08872

South Amboy City
140 N. Broadway
South Amboy, NJ 08879
732.525.5924 or 5925

South Brunswick Township
Municipal Building
540 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
732.329.4000 ext.7237 or 7238
South Plainfield Borough
Board of Health
2480 Plainfield Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
South River Borough
48 Washington Street
South River, NJ 08882

Spotswood Borough
77 Summerhill Road
Spotswood, NJ 08884

Woodbridge Township
1 Main Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732.634.4500 ext.6443

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