New Jersey Marriage License

If you're getting married in New Jersey, you must first apply for a marriage license.
It'll cost you $28.00, and you'll have to use it within 30 days.

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Where to Apply

How do I get a marriage license in New Jersey?

You may apply for a New Jersey marriage license at a municipal clerk's office.

May I apply at a county clerk's office too?

County clerks do not issue marriage licenses. Go to a local registrar.

How do I get a civil union license?

Marriage and civil union license rules are the same.

Who should I ask to see?

City, town, borough, township, village, and municipal clerks are local registrars.

Do I have to make an appointment?

Your local registrar may need you to schedule an appointment due to limited resources.

Residency

Does residency affect where I apply?

You live in New Jersey?

If either lives in New Jersey, apply in either's city or town of residence.

Neither lives in New Jersey?

If neither lives in New Jersey, apply in the city or town where the marriage will occur.

Is U.S. citizenship required to get married?

New Jersey marriage law treats U.S. citizens and foreigners the same.

Do I have to show proof of New Jersey residency?

If you claim New Jersey residence, show proof, such as a utility or credit card bill.

Costs

How much does a marriage license cost?

A New Jersey marriage license costs $28.

How much does a marriage certificate cost?

A certified copy of a New Jersey marriage certificate costs $25. Each extra is $2.

Usage

Where may I use my marriage license?

Are you a resident?

If either lives in New Jersey, marry anywhere in the state.

Are you both nonresidents?

If neither lives in New Jersey, marry in the city or town of application.

Attendance

What if I cannot apply in person?

If you're a U.S. service member deployed overseas and cannot apply in person, an attorney-in-fact may apply on your behalf.

Are both of us able to apply absentee?

Only one party to a marriage may apply absentee by proxy.

Do I need to bring an application witness?

Bring one identifying witness aged 18 or over to vouch for both of you.

Will I, a proxy, or my witness have to take an oath?

Application participants must swear that what they convey is true. Untruths are perjury.

Application

What goes on the application?

The license application will ask the following questions:

  • Choose license type
    • Marriage, remarriage, civil union, reaffirmation of civil union
  • Name
    • First, middle, last
  • Birth surname
  • Current name (if different)
    • i.e., recent new name does not match ID
  • Age
    • Must be 18+
  • Sex
    • Male, female, undesignated
  • Birthplace
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
    • One for both
  • Mailing address
    • One for both
  • Residential address
    • No PO Box
    • Street, municipality, county, state, zip code
  • Related to each other
    • If yes, how
  • Social security number
    • If you have one
    • Is kept confidential
    • For child support purposes
    • Not disclosed on public records
  • Marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships
    • Document each
    • End date
    • End place
    • End reason
    • Total marriages
    • Total civil unions
    • Name of recent spouse or partner
  • Current civil union, domestic partnership
    • Start date
    • Start place
  • Remarriage or reaffirm civil union
    • Original date
    • Original place
  • Ceremony details
    • Expected date
    • Expected municipality
    • Officiant's name and address
  • Parents
    • Birth names
    • Places of birth

Age Requirements

How old must I be to marry?

You must be at least 18 years old to marry.

Did New Jersey ban child marriage?

On June 22, 2018, Gov. Phil Murphy signed S427, which bans child marriage in New Jersey.

Premarital Education

Is premarital education available?

New Jersey does not have a state-approved premarital education program.

Waiting Period

When will I get my marriage license?

You'll get your marriage license 72-hours after applying.

Is it possible to waive the waiting period?

The Superior Court may waive the 72-hour waiting period for emergencies.

Who's allowed to pick up my marriage license?

You may assign anyone to pick up your marriage license.

What if I don't pick up my license after 72 hours?

Your marriage license will remain available for pick up for six months.

Does the wait apply to remarriage or civil union reaffirmation?

The 72-hour wait does not apply to remarriage or civil union reaffirmation.

Expiration

When will my marriage license expire?

Your marriage license will expire 30 days after issuance.

Identification

Do I show ID?

Bring proof of identity, such as a driver's license, passport, or a state- or federal-issued ID card.

Do I show my birth certificate?

You need not bring your birth certificate.

Do I show my social security card?

You need not bring your social security card. Just recount the number.

Blood Test

Do I have to get a blood test or physical?

New Jersey abolished the syphilis blood test and physical exam rule in 1997.

Divorced

Must I show proof of divorce?

Bring certified proof of your last dissolved marriage or civil union.

How soon may I marry after divorce?

You may marry as long as your divorce is final.

Widowed

Must I show proof of being widowed?

You need not show a death certificate.

How soon may I marry after being widowed?

There is no waiting period between a spouse's death and remarrying.

Name Change

How do I change my name through marriage?

Include a certified copy of your marriage certificate with your name change forms.

Will I be able to choose a new name when I apply?

The marriage license application does not have spots to choose a new name.

When do I update my driver's license?

Tell NJ MVC of a name change within two weeks to avoid a fine.

Witnesses

Must I bring witnesses to my ceremony?

Two witnesses must be present during your marriage ceremony.

Must witnesses sign?

Both witnesses must sign your marriage license and print their addresses.

The Ceremony

Who may officiate our marriage?

A judge, magistrate, mayor, civil celebrant, clergy, or religious society may officiate your marriage.

May we officiate our own marriage?

You may not self-solemnize your marriage ceremony.

May we have a civil and religious ceremony?

You may ask for two marriage licenses if holding a civil and religious ceremony.

License Return

When must my marriage license go back?

Within five days after marriage, send your license to the local registrar in the municipality where the ceremony occurred.

Marriage Certificate

How do I get a copy of my marriage certificate?

Buy from local registrar?

Contact the local registrar in the municipality where your marriage occurred.

Buy from state vital records?

NJ vital statistics sells certified copies of birth, marriage, and civil union records.

How much are certified copies?

Certified copies of New Jersey vital records are $25. Extras are $2.

Proxy Marriage

Is marriage by proxy allowed?

You may marry by proxy if you apply by proxy.

May we both assign ceremony proxies?

Only one party to the marriage may assign a proxy.

When and how do I assign my ceremony proxy?

The proxy (AKA attorney-in-fact) who applies on your behalf must marry for you.

Prohibited Marriage

May I marry a cousin?

You may marry a first cousin.

May I marry a family relation?

You may not marry an ascendant, descendant, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew.

May I marry a half-blood relation?

For marriage, half blood and whole blood relations are equivalent.

May I marry a stepchild, -parent, or -sibling?

New Jersey law does not speak on marriage between current or former stepfamily.

Does prohibited family "mergers" apply to civil unions?

If you're barred from marrying a family member, a civil union is no recourse.

Common-law Marriage

Is common-law marriage legal?

New Jersey will only recognize a common-law marriage created before December 1, 1939.

Vow Renewal

May we renew our vows?

Choose "remarriage" on the application to renew your marriage vows.

May we reaffirm our civil union?

Choose "reaffirmation of civil union" on the application to reaffirm your civil union.

Must we show proof of our marriage or civil union?

For remarriage or reaffirming a civil union, show proof of its existence.

Office Locations

Where will you apply?

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  1. Does my foreign fiancée have to be in the states first to apply for our marriage license?

    1. Hi Maurisna. An attorney-in-fact can apply on behalf of your fiance. It's basically applying by proxy.

  2. Do both parties have to me present in order to get marriage license

    1. Do both parties have to me present

      Only one of you may apply absentee by sending an attorney-in-fact to act as your proxy.

  3. My fiance and I are having serious issues with this stuff. We were told marriage by proxy wasn't allowed, is this now no longer true?? And how would we go about getting an attorney-in-fact? Also, are there laws regarding a marriage by proxy?

    1. We were told marriage by proxy wasn't allowed, is this now no longer true?

      It's reserved for members of the U.S. Armed Forces deployed overseas.

      And how would we go about getting an attorney-in-fact?

      Just name someone through a power of attorney to serve as your attorney-in-fact (a.k.a. proxy).

      Also, are there laws regarding a marriage by proxy?

      Yes, you can visit NJ's legislature website and review the state's statutes. Specially Title 37 (marriages and married persons).

  4. If my mailing address is Westville but I really live in Deptford and I’m getting married in Deptford where should I be getting my license from?

    1. Hi Teresa. It goes by residence, so Deptford. You may be asked to show proof of this address.

  5. My partner and I met in New Brunswick and are both from the UK. Do we need to do anything different from the above in order to get married in New Brunswick? Thank you

    1. Do we need to do anything different from the above in order to get married in New Brunswick?

      There's no difference. The requirements to marry are the same for U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens.

  6. We have been trying to communicate with the local registrar office and they've essentially gone radio silent. We live out of state, so we have to use this township and can't just go in person.

    A marriage license application is good for 6 months (30 days once issued). We have been trying to figure out the guidelines for having the marriage license application extended beyond 6 months.

    "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."

    I have called the state level registrar a few times at this point. My understanding is that this decision rests at the local registrar's level and is at his or her discretion. Based on my conversation, it is also my understanding that the extension is simply marked as such on the application by the registrar as being valid for the pre-approved time frame (beyond the regular 6 months).

    Any insight?

    1. We have been trying to communicate with the local registrar office

      Which local register or township is it?

      1. Delran, NJ, at this point I'm at a bit of a loss at to what I should do. I spoke with her on the phone twice, the 2nd time was on a Friday Sept 6th. She said she'd get me an answer that Monday or Tuesday (9-10th). I reached out at the end of the week. I've left 3-4 voicemails, and sent an email yesterday. This all began back in early September….

        We both live out of state and have to use this Registrar as our venue is located In Delran, NJ…

      2. I'm not sure what happened to my response, it was pending moderation and then never posted… Delran Township.

        1. I'm not sure what happened to my response

          Both are visible now.

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