New Jersey Marriage License Requirements

If you're getting married in the state of New Jersey you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is $28.00 dollars. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

There are none. You do not have to be a previous or current resident of New Jersey to obtain a marriage license that will be valid statewide.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is a mandatory 3 day waiting period before your license is issued to you. In most states, the waiting period does not include Saturdays, Sundays or federal holidays. In some instances, the day the application is filed is not included within the waiting period timeline.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 30 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parents or legal guardians must be present. If a parent can not be present, due to death, separation, divorce or other circumstances, proper evidence must be presented for verification. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order. A minor who is pregnant does not need parental consent as long as the pregnancy is verified in a written statement by a licensed physician.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for New Jersey or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in New Jersey. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual New Jersey marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in New Jersey. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in New Jersey.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

New Jersey has 23 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Atlantic County Clerk
5901 Main St
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Belvidere Town Clerk
413 2nd St
Belvidere, NJ 07823
Bergen County Clerk
Room 214 Court House
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Burlington County Recording Department
49 Rancocas Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Camden County Recorder Municipal Town Clerk
City Hall Room 102
Camden, NJ 08101
Cape May Courthouse Jersey Town Clerk
7 North Main St
New Jersey, NJ 08210
Cumberland County Bridgeton Town Clerk
Broad And Fayette St
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Elmwood Park Boro Clerk Health Department
182 Market St
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
Essex County Clerk Hall of Records
465 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd<BR>Room 245
Newark, NJ 07102
Flemington Town Clerk Hall Of Records
71 Main St
Flemington, NJ 08822
Jersey City Town Clerk
595 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Monmouth County Clerk Hall Of Records
Room 101 Main St
Freehold, NJ 07728
Morristown Clerk Administration & Records Bld.
Court St<BR>Registry 1st Floor
Morristown, NJ 07963
New Brunswick Clerk
P.O. Box 1110
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
Newark Town Clerk Hall Of Records, Rm #130
39 Trinity St
Newark, NJ 07102
Newton Town Clerk Hall Of Records
4 Park Place
Newton, NJ 07860
Passaic City Clerk
77 Hamilton St
Patterson, NJ 07505
Salem City Clerk
92 Market St
Salem, NJ 08079
Somerset County Board of Health
20 Grove St
Sommerville, NJ 08876
Toms River Clerk Office Of The Registrar
118 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753
Trenton Town Clerk Recording Dept.
P.O. Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08608
Union County Courthouse Vital Statistics
2 Broad St, Room 115
Elizabeth, NJ 07407
Woodbury Town Clerk
1 N Broad St
Woodbury, NJ 08096