|When applying for a marriage license:
New Jersey residents will file for the license in the town where either the bride or the groom is a resident.
If the bride and the groom are not residents of the state of New Jersey, apply for the marriage license in the town where the ceremony takes place.
There is a seventy-two (72) hour waiting period from the time the application is signed until the license can be issued. It is recommended that you apply for your license between 2 - 4 weeks prior to the wedding date.
Applications may be obtained and printed at the following website: http://www.state.nj.us/health/vital/marriage.htm
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE
The following people must appear before the Registrar
· the bride
· the groom
· one (1) witness over the age of 18 (must know the bride and groom)
Birth certificates are required for proof of age
If either the bride or groom or both are divorced, the Registrar must be shown a copy of the divorce papers with the FILED DATE AND DOCKET # on them. It must be the FINAL DECREE signed by the JUDGE.
If either the bride or groom or both are a widow or widower, the Registrar must be shown a copy of the death certificate of the deceased spouse.
Any person UNDER THE AGE OF 18 needs parental consent papers signed by both parents. If under the age of 16, parental papers and a form signed by a judge are required. These forms are available at the Registrar's Office.
No license will be released from this office without the following information:
· the intended date of the wedding
· the name and address of the person performing the wedding
· the intended location of the wedding
A fee of $28.00, cash or check, is payable when you apply for the license.
Basic Steps to Register a Domestic Partnership
Couples wishing to register a Domestic Partnership must be same sex couples or opposite sex couples who are both 62 years of age or older. Certain requirements must be met.
Applicants must obtain an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership in any municipality throughout the State of New Jersey. The affidavit does not have to be obtained in the municipality that the partners reside. It must be completed and signed by both applicants at the same time, in the presence of a Notary Public.
The affidavit must be filed and registered with the local Registrar of Vital Statistics in any municipality within the State of New Jersey, and the required $28.00 filing fee remitted. The municipality is not limited to the municipality in which the partners reside.
Domestic partners are not considered registered until the affidavit has been filed with the local Registrar's Office and the Certificate of Domestic Partnership has been issued.
For further information, please call the Health Office at (973)427-4011.
For two persons to establish a Civil Union in this state, they must:
- Not be in a party to another Civil Union, Domestic Partnership or Marriage (except that a couple already registered in a Domestic Partnership may then enter into a Civil Union).
- Be of the same sex
- Be at least 18 years of age.
Submitting an Application to obtain a Civil Union License
The Civil Union license shall be issued by the licensing officer (Registrar) in the municipality in which either party resides and is valid in any municipality in the State of New Jersey, or, if neither party is a resident of the state, in the municipality in which the proposed Civil Union is to be performed and the license is valid only in that municipality and must be marked as such.
The fee for applying is $28, cash or check, collected at the time of application. An appointment for filing the application may be made by calling 973-427-4011 or 427-4012.