|Board of Health|
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.
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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.
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)