Applying for your Marriage License in NJ
Since laws around marriage licenses are different in every state, we’ll review New Jersey’s. More information on NJ’s process can be found here. The biggest takeaway from this article should be to call the township well in advance to find out their procedure. Though there are rules for NJ, we have found that every township has their own unique twists. For this reason it is so important to call first to find out exactly what needs to be done. [Photo by Nicole DeTone Photography]
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 Township Clerk/Registrar is the one who handles marriage license applications. Some townships require you to set up an appointment first, so give your township a call before you go.
Here is a list of documents you and your partner will need to apply:
1. Proof of identity by presenting your driver’s license, passport or state/federal I.D.
2. Proof of your residency
3. Your social security card or social security number
4. A witness, 18 years of age or older
5. The $28 application fee
There is 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! ** Due to Covid NJ has extended this and is currently allowing the license to be valid for 90 days. They have also waived the 72 hour wait period.
The Wedding & After
Either at your rehearsal or at the wedding (talk to your officiant in advance about this), the marriage license will be signed by two witnesses as well as the officiant. ·The signed license will need to be returned to the office that issued it. It is ok to mail it, but if you are local, dropping it off isn’t the worst idea!
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