How to Get Married in New Jersey


How to get your marriage license in new jersey

Some parts of New Jersey’s marriage regulations may give prospective couples concern. That is why Simple Marriages has created the following guide, clearly highlighting any possible pitfalls and connecting to the essential legal excerpts you should be aware of. The information provided below should make the entire process of planning a legally binding wedding a little easier – and ensure that anyone looking to get married in the Garden State can do so without trouble.

Wedding Ceremony Requirements

While couples are free to plan their wedding ceremony in accordance with their religious traditions, spiritual needs, or unique embellishments, both members must be physically present for the ceremony and formally consent to taking the other as husband or wife before at least two witnesses and the minister, who will subsequently pronounce them married and thus solemnize the marriage.

Requirements for the Couple

Marriages between people under the age of 18 are not permitted in New Jersey, making it one of the few states in the United States that do not permit underage marriage.

It is also prohibited to marry an ancestor or dependent, brother, aunt or uncle, niece or nephew, whether full or half-blood. Nothing more intimate than a marriage between first cousins will be permitted.

In New Jersey, same-sex and out-of-state couples can marry.

Please keep in mind that non-residents can only apply for a license in the town or county where the proposed wedding will occur. Residents must apply in the town or city that they live in, but can get married anywhere in the State.

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Marriage License Facts

After receiving the application, registrars’ officers must wait at least 72 hours before issuing the marriage license, unless the Superior Court waived the necessary waiting period and attached it to the initial application. The license, once issued, will be valid for 30 days and will include each party’s name, age, parentage, birthplace, residence, Social Security number, and domestic status – whether single, widowed, or  divorced – as well as the names and birthplaces of their parents.

Within 5 days of the ceremony, the minister must deliver the marriage license and certificate to the same state registrar where the ceremony took place.

Marriage License Requirements

Once the ceremony is completed, the minister must personally confirm that all relevant portions of the marriage license are completed by the couple, including the signatures and residences of at least two witnesses who were in attendance during the wedding.

Additionally, the minister must submit their own information, including their name, title, and home address if they are required to offer an address for the ministry’s headquarters.

How to Apply for a Marriage License

Download and properly fill out the marriage license application form below. An application form can also be obtained through the Local Registrar’s office. Do not sign the marriage application form until you have visited the Local Registrar. The application must be signed under oath in the presence of the issuing authority.

NJ Marriage License Application Form

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