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Obtaining your Marriage License in NJ


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While romantic, just taking a vow with your loved one in front of your friends, family and an officiant unfortunately doesn’t make you married. You need an important document to make it official- the marriage license. Today we review just how to go about obtaining your license so that you aren't scrambling to make plans last minute.

Where to apply:

  • If you both live in NJ, you’re in luck and can apply in the town that either of you reside in and your license will be valid for anywhere in NJ.

  • If neither of you are a NJ resident you will need to file for your license in the town where your ceremony is taking place. If your reception is in Manahawkin but your ceremony is in Toms River, you’ll need to file in Toms River.

  • When filing this way, the license is only valid in the township where you filed.

How to Apply:

  • You must apply in person!

  • The Registrar of Vital Statistics (typically in the County Clerk's office) is the one who handles marriage license applications. Some townships require you to set up an appointment first and hours vary (and sometimes requirements!) so be sure to call before you make plans to go.

  • Here is a list of documents you and your partner will need to apply:

  • Proof of identity by presenting your driver’s license, passport or state/federal I.D.

  • Proof of your residency

  • Your social security card or social security number

  • A witness, 18 years of age or older

  • The $28 application fee

  • There is typically a 3 day waiting period from when you apply until when your license is ready

  • The license application is valid for 6 months, but the license itself is only valid for 30 days!

After the wedding:

  • The signed license (the officiant will fill them out at the wedding, along with witnesses) will need to be returned to the office that issued it.

For more information and additional resources, check out the NJ Gov page regarding marriage licenses HERE.

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