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Getting Married in New Jersey

New Jersey marriage laws are governed by New Jersey Permanent Statute 31. Many of the requirements of New Jersey’s wedding laws are similar to other states. In order to obtain a marriage license, you must have appropriate identification such as certified copies of birth certificates, passports, or drivers’ licenses. United States citizens will also need to furnish their Social Security numbers. If you are under the age of eighteen, you must have your parent’s consent to the marriage in front of two witnesses. The fee for a marriage license is $28. If you have been previously married, you must supply the county clerk with a copy of your divorce decree, or a copy of the death certificate of your former spouse if your spouse passed away. There is no residency requirement to marry in New Jersey for the bride, or groom. However, if either the bride or groom is a resident of New Jersey, the couple should obtain a marriage license in the county where the bride lives. If the bride is not a resident, according to New Jersey wedding laws the couple must apply for a marriage license in the county where the groom lives. If neither are residents of the state, obtaining a marriage license from the county clerk where the ceremony will be held is acceptable.

There is a three-day waiting period. Re-marriages or renewal of vows is exempt from the three-day waiting period.

How to apply for a marriage license

Complete the marriage license application form. You may also get an application form at the Local Registrar’s office or download it from the link below.  Do not sign the marriage application form before going to the Local Registrar. You must sign the application, under oath, in the presence of the issuing authority.

Marriage License Application Form

Requirements for entering into a marriage

The following criteria must be met before two people can enter a marriage:

  • Not be a party to another civil union, domestic partnership or marriage in this State or recognized by this state;
  • 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 approved in writing by any judge of the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family Part.
Local Registrar’s Office.