Getting A Marriage License in New Jersey

1. If the bride lives in NJ, the couple applies in her town; if the bride does nott live in NJ but the groom does, it is his town; if neither live in NJ, they apply in the town where the marriage is taking place.

2. Call the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the town and make an appointment. Hours are generally between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

3. Both the groom and bride must appear in person, (not necessarily at the same time) and each must be accompanied by the same witness.

4. The bride, groom and the witness bring two forms of identification. Both forms of ID must be government issued, and one must be a photo identification. If you do not have a photo ID, call the registrar before you go and let them know.

Proper identification is:

Photo Drivers License or Drivers License without photo Passport Birth Certificate Social Security Card Visa for staying in the United States

5. If this is a second (or more) marriage for either, if the cause of devolution was death, bring the death certificate; if legal annulment, bring the annulment order; or if divorce, bring the first page of the divorce decree showing jurisdiction, docket number and date of filing. All previous spouses are listed on the application and on the license.

6. The license in New Jersey currently costs $28. There is a 72 hour waiting period required between application and issuance. In an emergency (illness, military leave, etc.), a Superior Court Judge (found in County Courthouses) can sign a waiver lifting the 72 hour waiting period. You apply for the License, seek out a Judge to grant the waiver, and then take that paper you receive from the Judge to the town to have the License issued immediately.

7. When you get your license, carefully review every line for errors and have them corrected at once. Erroneous information will require a change order and delay your receipt of your Proof of Marriage Documents. The information on the license is used for many purposes, and like Birth and Death certificates, once the Seal is placed on the document, you live with that information as a permanent part of your record, SO MAKE SURE IT IS ACCURATE. This information is also given later to Social Security, so it must match what they already have on file. Show any errors to the registrar and have them give you a corrected license immediately.

8. You now have a four part carbon-copied license to be wed. Keep it safe and DO NOT write on it or over it. On the day of the wedding the license is to be handed to the officiant performing the ceremony. Any payment due the officiant can be placed in the envelope with the license.

9. After the celebrant and any two adults you choose (18 years or older) sign the license (sometimes it is the Best Man & Maid of Honor ; it can also be any other 2 people you wish to include that day), you are supposed to receive the pink copy of the license.

10. Take the pink copy on your honeymoon, it is your only proof that you are married. The pink copy has no legal force. It can be saved as a piece of memorabilia while you await your real proofs of marriage certificates.

11. The marriage license must be filed by the officiant in the town where the wedding takes place within 5 days of the ceremony. Make sure your officiant will take care of this. The officiant holds onto the blue copy and sends in the 2 white copies.

12. Now for your proof of marriage. For the bride to take on the last name of the groom (with or without her own last name) on her drivers license, bank, insurance, and Social Security (we will go into that in a moment), she needs the Proof of Marriage that is obtained from the registrar of town where the wedding took place, or much later, if you are not in a hurry, from the State government in Trenton. Each town has a separate and different fee for each original and requires a Request for Marriage Certificate be filled out.

13. Only the Bride and/or Groom may apply in person or by mail for their Certified Proof(s) of Marriage. You need to obtain the application form from the township where the wedding has taken place. Again, you call the Registrar of Vital Statistics. You cannot obtain the proof until after the marriage license is filed by the officiant who conducted your wedding. If you are local to the town, one of you can walk in with and show the pink copy and a photo identification just as you first did when going for your marriage license.

County Clerk Address and Phone Number List

Atlantic County Clerk
5901 Main St
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
609-625-4011
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Belvidere Town Clerk
413 2nd St
Belvidere, NJ 07823
908-475-5331
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Bergen County Clerk
Room 214 Court House
Hackensack, NJ 07601
201-336-6000
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Burlington County
Recording Department
49 Rancocas Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
609-267-0170
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Camden County Recorder
Municipal Town Clerk
City Hall Room 102
Camden, NJ 08101
609-757-7085
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Cape May Courthouse
Jersey Town Clerk
7 North Main St
New Jersey, NJ 08210
201-547-5150
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Cumberland County
Bridgeton Town Clerk
Broad And Fayette St
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
609-455-3230
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Elmwood Park Boro Clerk
Health Department
182 Market St
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
201-796-1457
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Essex County Clerk
Hall of Records
465 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd
Room 245
Newark, NJ 07102
973-621-4920
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Flemington Town Clerk
Hall Of Records
71 Main St
Flemington, NJ 08822
908-782-8840
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Jersey City Town Clerk
595 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-547-5150
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Monmouth County Clerk
Hall Of Records
Room 101 Main St
Freehold, NJ 07728
908-431-7321
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Morristown Clerk
Administration & Records Bld.
Court St
Registry 1st Floor
Morristown, NJ 07963
973-326-7407
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New Brunswick Clerk
P.O. Box 1110
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
908-745-5016
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Newark Town Clerk
Hall Of Records, Rm #130
39 Trinity St
Newark, NJ 07102
973-733-3844
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Newton Town Clerk
Hall Of Records
4 Park Place
Newton, NJ 07860
973-383-3523
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Passaic City Clerk
77 Hamilton St
Patterson, NJ 07505
973-881-3400
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Salem City Clerk
92 Market St
Salem, NJ 08079
609-935-0373
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Somerset County
Board of Health
20 Grove St
Sommerville, NJ 08876
908-231-7000
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Toms River Clerk
Office Of The Registrar
118 Washington St
Toms River, NJ 08753
732-341-1000
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Trenton Town Clerk
Recording Dept.
P.O. Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08608
609-989-3236
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Union County Courthouse
Vital Statistics
2 Broad St, Room 115
Elizabeth, NJ 07407
908-820-4082
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Woodbury Town Clerk
1 N Broad St
Woodbury, NJ 08096
609-845-1300
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