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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 Morris 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 Morris County

Boonton Town
Health Department
100 Washington Street
Boonton, NJ 07005
973.402.9410 ext.631
Boonton Township
Municipal Building
155 Powerville Road
Boonton, NJ 07005.8729
973.402.4012 or 4011
Butler Borough
Borough Clerk's Office
1 Ace Road
Butler, NJ 07405
Chatham Borough
Municipal Building
54 Fairmount Avenue
Chatham, NJ 07928
973.635.0674 ext.200
Chatham Township
Municipal Building
58 Meyersville Rd.
Chatham, NJ 07928
Chester Borough
300 Main Street
Chester, NJ 07930
908.879.5361 ext.3008

Chester Township
Municipal Building
1 Parker Road
Chester, NJ 07930
908.879.5100 ext.812

Denville Township
#1 St. Mary's Place
Municipal Building
Denville, NJ 07834
973.625.8300 ext.268
or 266
Dover Town
37 North Sussex Street
Dover, NJ 07801.
973.366.2200 ext.120

East Hanover Township
411 Ridgedale Avenue
East Hanover, NJ 07936

Florham Park Borough
Borough Hall
111 Ridgedale Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Hanover Township
1000 Route 10 East
Whippany, NJ 07981

Harding Township
Blue Mill & Sand Spring Road
New Vernon, NJ 07976

Jefferson Township
Municipal Building
1033 Weldon Road
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
Kinnelon Borough
Municipal Building
130 Kinnelon Road
Kinnelon, NJ 07405
Lincoln Park Borough
Municipal Building
34 Chapel Hill Road
Lincoln Park, NJ 07035
Long Hill Township
915 Valley Road
Gillette, NJ 07933
908.647.8000 ext.215

Madison Borough
Health Department
28 Walnut Street
Madison, NJ 07940
973.593.3079 ext.3058
Mendham Borough
2 W. Main Street
Mendham, NJ 07945
973.543.7152 ext.15

Mendham Township
W. Main & Cherry Lane
Brookside, NJ 07926

Mine Hill Township
PMunicipal Building
10 Baker Street
Mine Hill, NJ 07803
Montville Township
195 Changebridge Road
Montville, NJ 07045

Morris Plains Borough
531 Speedwell Avenue
Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Morris Township
Morris Township Health Dept.
50 Woodland Avenue
Convent Station, NJ 07961.7603
Morristown Town
Town Hall
200 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07963.0914
Mount Arlington Borough
419 Howard Blvd
Mount Arlington, NJ 07856

Mount Olive Township
204 Flanders Drakestown Road
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
973.691.0900 ext.330

Mountain Lakes Borough
Borough Hall
400 Boulevard
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Netcong Borough
Borough Hall
23 Maple Avenue
Netcong, NJ 07857
Parsippany.Troy Hills Towns
Municipal Building
1001 Parsippany Boulevard
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Pequannock Township
Health Department
530 Newark.Pompton Turnpike
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444.1799
973.835.5700 ext.128
Randolph Township
Municipal Building
502 Millbrook Avenue
Randolph, NJ 07869

Riverdale Borough
91 Newark.Pompton Ave.
Riverdale, NJ 07457

Rockaway Borough
Municipal Building
1 E. Main Street
Rockaway, NJ 07866
973.627.2000 ext.224
Rockaway Township
M65 Mount Hope Road
Rockaway, NJ 07866

Roxbury Township
72 Eyland Avenue
Succasunna, NJ 07876

Victory Gardens Borough
337 South Salem Street
Victory Gardens, NJ 07801

Washington Township
Town Hall
43 Schooley's Mountain Road
Long Valley, NJ 07853
Wharton Borough
Municipal Building
10 Robert Street
Wharton, NJ 07885

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