How To Apply For a Marriage License

How to Apply for a Marriage License



“Entering into a Marriage or Civil Union in
New Jersey" Brochure

REG-D30 English / REG-D30a (Espanol) 
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Complete the marriage license application form (REG-77).  You may also get an application form at the Local Registrar’s Office. 
**DO NOT SIGN the marriage application form before going to the Local Registrar.** 
**You must sign the application, under oath in the presence of the issuing authority**

REG-77 - PDF
REG-77 - Fillable Word Doc

REG-77a - PDF
REG-77A - Fillable Word Doc

Application for License: Marriage, Remarriage, Civil Union, Reaffirmation of Civil Union Form

REG-77 English / REG-77a (Espanol)

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Requirements for entering into a Marriage:

For two persons to establish a Marriage/ Civil Union in this State, it shall be necessary that they satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Not be a party to another civil union, domestic partnership or marriage in this State or recognized by this State; and
  • Be of the same sex for civil union; marriages can be same or opposite sex couples.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
Where to apply:

The marriage/civil union license application is to be made in the New Jersey municipality in which either party resides and the license is valid throughout the State of New Jersey. If neither applicant is a New Jersey resident, submit the application in the municipality where the marriage/civil union ceremony will be performed, the license is only valid in the issuing municipality.
Please contact the Local Registrar to determine if license applications are handled during business hours or by appointment.

Required documents when applying for a Marriage/ Civil Union license:

  • Proof of identity such as your driver’s license, passport or state/federal I.D.
  • Proof of your residency.
  • Your social security card or social security number.*
  • A witness, 18 years of age or older.
  • The application fee of $28 is to be paid by cash or two (2) seperate checks in the amounts of $25.00 and $3.00 respectively. 

*Social security number is required by law for US citizens and will be kept confidential. Any documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

After you apply:
  • There is a 72-hour waiting period before the license is issued. The waiting period begins when the application is filed with the Local Registrar. There is no 72 hour waiting period for a Remarriage/Reaffirmation of Civil Union; however, you must bring a certified copy of your existing Marriage/Civil Union certificate.
  • The marriage/civil union license application is valid for six months from the date accepted, unless the Registrar has given prior approval to extend the validity of the application to a maximum of one year.
  • Once issued, the license is valid 30 days from the date of issuance.
  • Certified copies can only be obtained from the municipality where the event occurred OR the state office via in person, online, or mail in request.

June 2019