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New Jersey Marriage/Civil Union Laws

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State of New Jersey Requirements for Entering into a Marriage:

For two persons to establish a Marriage in this State, it shall be necessary that they satisfy all of the following criteria:

  1. Not be a party to another civil union, domestic partnership or marriage in this State or recognized by this State;

  2. Be of the opposite sex ; and

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

Applying for Your License:

  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, the license is only valid in the issuing municipality.

Documents and Information Needed to Apply for a Marriage License:

  1. If you are divorced or have had a marriage annulled, please bring the divorce decree or the civil annulment documents.

  2. If your former spouse is deceased, please bring the death certificate,

  3. A copy of your birth certificate, drivers license, passport or state I.D.

  4. Proof of your residency.

  5. Your social security card or social security number.*

  6. A witness (18 years or older) who knows both the male and female applicants.

  7. The $28 application fee.

*Your social security number is required by law and will be kept confidential.

Any documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

After you apply:

There is a 72-hour waiting period before the license is issued. The waiting period begins when the application is filed with the Local Registrar.

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 fee remitted.

The only exception to this requirement is in the case where a civil and religious ceremony are to be performed on the same day. In this case, the Local 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 copy will be used for the religious ceremony and the other for the civil ceremony.

New Jersey Blood Test:

New Jersey does not require blood tests to apply for wedding licenses.

Filling Out and Filing the Marriage License by Officiant Rev. Baker:

Do not write on or alter your license once the Registrar clerk has issued it.  Once the ceremony is completed, I will fill out the Officiant section of the license. I will ask your two witnesses, over the age of 18, to sign the license. They will need to sign your marriage license in my presence.  I give you a copy and keep a copy for my records.  I will then file the license with the Registrar in the town in which the wedding took place.

Obtaining an Official Copy of the Marriage Certificate:

You will need to contact the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the town in which you were married for a copy of the certificate.  Copies are normally about $5.00.  The registrar will let you know what information they need to send you a copy of your certificate.

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*Please note that New Jersey no longer has a "Justice of the Peace" position.  The position was eliminated many years ago.

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