How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in New Jersey?
New Jersey is not short on beaches and shoreline, boasting of over 130 miles of it on the coast of the Atlantic ocean. If you want to take a ferry to Ellis Island, you can do so at Liberty State Park. New Jersey hosts some great restaurants and historical landmarks, making it an excellent location for you and your betrothed to get married.
Rules and Regulations
If you expect to get married in New Jersey, you will need to apply for a marriage license and follow these simple rules:
- You must be 16 years old to apply with parental consent.
- You must be 18 years or older to apply without parental consent.
- If you are 16 years or younger, you must have a judge sign a court document allowing the marriage.
- There is no residency requirement in New Jersey.
- You do not need a blood test to get married.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
- Cousin marriage is permitted in New Jersey.
- If either of you is a resident, then you must apply in the county where you reside.
- If you are a non-resident, then you must apply in the county where you will be married.
How to Apply
You must both appear in person, together at the County Registrar’s office to apply for your marriage license. You must also bring with you the following paperwork when applying:
- Marriage license application fee of $28.
- Proof of residency (New Jersey residents only).
- Proof of identity with photo ID such as a current, valid driver’s license, passport, state, military or federal ID.
- A copy of your birth certificate for parents names and information.
- Both parties full names and addresses.
- Social security numbers for both parties.
- A witness who is 18 years or older must accompany you when you apply.
- If you have been married before, you will need a copy of the death certificate or divorce decree.
- Name, address and phone number of the officiant who will perform your wedding.
- Where and when you will be married.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is a three-day waiting period to get married after obtaining your marriage license. If you have planned a weekend wedding, you must obtain your marriage license on a Monday or Tues-day to satisfy the full waiting period. The marriage license is only good for six months so be prepared to get married soon after purchasing it.
Who Can Officiate
Any judge, mayor, town president, county clerk and minister of any religion may perform your wedding ceremony.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.
Contact your local County Registrar’s office after the marriage license has been filed and recorded to obtain a copy for yourself.