Frequently Asked Questions

Marriage Licenses

1Where do we apply for a marriage license?
If you both live in the state of New Jersey, apply at the municipal office in the bride’s town. If the bride is from out of state, apply in the groom’s town. If both the bride & groom are both from out of state (nonresidents), then apply in the town where you plan to marry.
2When should we apply for a marriage license?
When should we apply for a marriage license? The registrar will need at least 72 hours to process you marriage application. The fee is $28, payable in cash or money order at the time of application; some towns may accept personal checks.
3Who can perform a marriage ceremony?
New Jersey permits “every minister of every religion” and many civic officials (including judges, mayors & sposa gif wedding glitter 20township committee chairpeople) to solemnize marriages.
4Will we need a blood test?
No, a blood test is not necessary for a marriage license in New Jersey.
5Do we need identification?
No, but the registrar may ask to see your identification if there is any question about your eligibility for marriage. It’s best to call the office beforehand to find out what documentation is required in the town in which you are applying for a marriage license.
6What do we do with the license after the wedding?
Within five days after the wedding, the person who performs the ceremony should file the marriage license with the registrar in the community where the ceremony took place.
7If I am getting married for a second time, do I need proof of my divorce?
Yes, the registrar will require a copy of your divorce decree.