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**
Requirements for entering into a marriage
The following criteria must be met before two people can enter a marriage:
Where to apply
- Not be a party to another civil union, domestic partnership or marring in this State or recognized by this State.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
Please contact the Local Registrar to determine if license applications are handled during business hours or by appointment.
- Apply for the marriage license in the New Jersey municipality where either party resides. The license is valid throughout New Jersey.
- If neither applicant is a New Jersey resident, submit the application in the municipality where the marriage ceremony will be performed. In this case, the license is only valid in the issuing municipality.
Required documents when applying for a marriage license
*Your social security number is required by law for US citizens and will be kept confidential.
- Proof of identity by presenting your driver’s license, passport or Stated/Federal I.D.
- Proof of residency by one applicant if a NJ resident.
- Social Security number*.
- A witness, 18 years of age or older.
- The $28 application fee.
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 remarriage; however, you must bring a certified copy of your existing marriage.
The marriage 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. Only one marriage license may be granted from a marriage application. If the license expires before being used, a new application must be made and another $28 fee remitted.
For individuals who are currently married in New Jersey or are married in another State or Country, the option exists to reaffirm your relationship/vows by registering a remarriage.
To apply for a remarriage, the couple must provide proof of their existing marriage, meet the requirements for entering into a marriage in New Jersey and follow the guidelines above to completing the license application. The process for a remarriage license is the same as for the marriage license, except that the remarriage license must be accompanied by the proof of existing marriage. There is no 72-hour waiting period before the license is issued.