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Obtaining Your New Jersey Marriage License

Prepare Ahead. A New Jersey marriage license can be obtained for individuals 18 years old and older for a $28 fee.

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For Residents: To apply, visit the New Jersey municipality where the bride or groom lives. The license is valid anywhere in the state. However, non-residents must apply for a license at the municipality where the ceremony will be officiated. Then, it is only valid at that municipality.

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What to Bring:

Required documents include:

  • Driver's license issued in the United States;
  • Federal or state identification card; or
  • Passport showing your name and date of birth
  • Proof of residence
  • Social Security Card or number
  • A witness 18 years or older

If either person was previously married, bring copies of the death certificate, divorce decree, or annulment.

There is a 72 hour waiting period before the license is issued. So, for example, if a couple plans a New Jersey wedding on a Saturday or Sunday, the license application should be submitted the Tuesday before because of the 72 hour waiting period, to be safe. Once issued, the license is good for 30 days. In addition, the state requires two witnesses at a New Jersey wedding ceremony.

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Posted by Dawn Mitchell on 06/18/2014

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