Here's what you need to know and what documents to bring with you before you apply for a New Jersey marriage license. We recommend getting this legal aspect of your wedding out of the way about a month before your ceremony date.
Note: For marriage license purposes, military personnel are residents of the posts where they are stationed.
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.
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.
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.
Common Law 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.
Renewal of Vows:
Re-marriage licenses are available in New Jersey. There is no waiting period for a re-marriage license.
New Jersey has a three (3) day waiting period. For weekend weddings, you will need to apply the Tuesday before to satisfy the three days (72 hours) by Friday.
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.
Domestic Partnership Registration:
Although couples have more rights by having a Civil Union in New Jersey, the Affidavit of Domestic Partnership can be obtained from a Local Registrar of Vital Statistics in any municipality in New Jersey. Some locales will require an appointment.
Couples must be either same sex couples over the age of 18 or opposite sex couples who are both 62 years of age or older.
You will need to show proof of residence and of joint financial responsibility by providing:
Joint deed, mortgage agreement or lease.
Joint bank account.
Joint ownership of motor vehicle.
Designation of one of the persons as primary beneficiary in the other person's will, insurance policy, or retirement plan.
Renewal of Vows or Getting Remarried:
You can get remarried in New Jersey without having to wait three days. It is required that proof of the previous marriage or civil union be submitted. Consent of parents if required for the remarriage of a minor previously joined in a marriage.
Marriage Application Form
As of February 19, 2007, same sex couples can apply for a civil union. Civil unions in Newton grant most of the benefits of marriage to gay couples. These benefits include adoption, medical decision-making, inheritance, health insurance opportunities, hospital visitation, and the ability to not testify against a partner. The rights are not extended to federal benefits or courts.
Additionally, gay couples legally married or joined in a civil union in other locales will automatically be considered to be in a civil union in New Jersey.
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.