Marriage License Guideline

1.Hire an officiant

Book your ceremony date here and you will get an Elopement Specialist and an officiant that will work with you to make the below even easier. They will provide you their information for the marriage application.

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2.Get an appointment

You will need to call the local registrar’s office to schedule an appointment to bring in the marriage application.
If you, or your partner are New Jersey residents call the registrar in your town or city from the list below.

If neither is a resident of the state, then you must call the city or town where the ceremony will be conducted.

3.Tell your officiant when your appointment is.

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4.Get and fill out the marriage license

Download the marriage application here.  Or pick it up at the Registrar’s office
Fill out the marriage application form completely. Do not sign the marriage application form until you are instructed to do so by the local Registrar. The application must be signed under oath in the presence of the issuing authority.

5.Go to your appointment to apply for a marriage license.

Take the following with you.

You, your partner, and your witness must bring their unexpired Identification and the following documents.

  • The marriage application. (unsigned)

  • If you were previously married, you must provide a copy of your divorce decree or a copy of your former spouse’s death certificate.

  • Social security number if U.S. citizen

After you apply for the license, you must wait 72 hours, or three days, before you can get it. Re-marriages and vow renewals don’t have to wait three days.

The cost of obtaining a marriage license is $28.

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6. The ceremony

There are only a few requirements for having the ceremony in New Jersey.

  • There must be a formal declaration of consent before the officiant and witnesses.

  • The minister is to fill out and look over the marriage license.

  • The witness, couple, and officiant must be physically present.

7. After the ceremony

The officiant will deliver your marriage license to the local registrar’s office.

  • Call the registrar’s office about a week after the ceremony to set up an appointment to get the marriage certificate. Get as many copies as are needed. Price varies by city.

  • Read the blog about changing names.

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