Board of Health

Marriage Licenses

Application Requirements

 

For two people to be married in New Jersey, they must satisfy all of the following requirements:

A. Not be a party to another marriage, civil union or domestic partnership;

B. Parties must be of the opposite sex;

C. Be at least 18 years of age, except that applicants under 18 may enter into a marriage with parental consent. Applicants under age 16 must obtain parental consent and have the consent approved in writing by any judge of the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part.

WHERE TO APPLY:

  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. In this case, the license is only valid in and may only be used in the issuing municipality.

WHO MUST COME TO APPLY:

  1. Both parties must appear in our office to apply for a Marriage license.
  2. Witness - Only one witness, who is 18 years of age or older and knows both parties.
  3. Translators: If either of the applicants or the witness does not speak English you must bring a translator.

WHAT TO BRING:

  1. Identification and Proof of Age - Acceptable identification and proofs of age are:
    A. Certified copies of birth certificates. If the birth certificate is not in English, a certified translation is required.
    B. You must be at least 18 yrs old to apply for a marriage license.
  2. Social Security Cards. Your social security number is required by law and will be kept confidential.
  3. Proof of Marital Status - Previously married applicants must show proof of divorce or proof that they are widowed or a widower. Acceptable proofs are a certified copy of the final decree of divorce or a certified copy of the death certificate of the former spouse.
  4. Proof of Residency – Photo Driver's license or three proofs of residency such as utility bills, apartment lease, or tax bills. Bills may be no older than 90 days.
  5. Marriage Officiant Information - Applicants must have information about who is going to marry them, where, and when the marriage ceremony will take place, and the mailing address and phone number of the officiant.
  6. Fee: $28.00 Cash or check.

THREE (3) DAY WAITING PERIOD:

In New Jersey there is a mandatory minimum 72 hour (3 day) waiting period from the time that you apply for a license until you can pick it up for use. If you are planning to be married on a particular weekend, the latest that you can apply is the Tuesday before, in order to satisfy the three days (72 hours) by Friday, since we are NOT open on the weekends for the release of marriage licenses.

The marriage license application is valid for six months from the date accepted, unless the Registrar has given prior approval to extend the validity of the application to a maximum of one year.

Only one marriage license may be granted from a marriage application. If the license expires before being used, a new application must be made and another $28.00 fee remitted.

The only exception to this requirement is in the case where a civil and a religious ceremony are to be performed on the same day. In this case, the Registrar will photocopy the marriage application, marking one "A" and one "B", and issue the corresponding marriage licenses, marking them "A" and "B" as well. One license will be used for the religious ceremony and the other for the civil ceremony.

APPLICATION FORM:

Do not sign the marriage application prior to going to the Municipal Registrar. You must sign the application, while under oath, in the presence of the issuing authority

The application form must be completed in full with exact complete information. Names must be completely spelled out, including middle names, no initials. You may not sign the form until after you have taken the oath given by the Registrar at the Health Department.

MALE                   fill out LEFT SIDE      (SIDE A)
FEMALE               fill out RIGHT SIDE    (SIDE B)

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