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Planning a wedding in Newark?


Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Complete the Marriage License Application: Download or pick up the form at the Local Registrar’s office.
  2. Do Not Sign Yet: Wait to sign the application until you're at the Local Registrar’s office.
  3. Bring your photo ID, driver’s license, passport, military card.
  4. Bring a Proof of residency (for NJ residents).
  5. Bring a Proof of Social Security number
  6. $28 application fee.
  7. Submit Application and Wait 72-hour waiting period before the license is issued.
  8. Hire an officiant
  9. Bring a witness (18+ years old).
  10. Complete your marriage.


Congrats! you're married!

Getting your New Jersey Marriage License

  • Complete the Application: Get the form from the Local Registrar’s office or download it.
  • Signing: Do not sign the application until you’re at the Local Registrar’s office. Sign under oath, in front of the issuing authority.

Requirements of Marriage in New Jersey

Eligibility:

  • Must not be in another civil union, domestic partnership, or marriage.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.

Where to apply?

Local Residency:

  • Apply in the municipality where either party lives. License is valid throughout NJ.

Non-Residents:

  • Apply where the ceremony will be held. License valid only in that municipality.

Contact:

  • Call Local Registrar to check if you need an appointment or if walk-ins are accepted.

Required documents

  • Identity Proof: Driver’s license, passport, or state/federal ID.
  • Residency Proof: Required for one applicant if an NJ resident.
  • Social Security Number.
  • Witness: Must be 18 or older.
  • Application Fee: $28.
  • Foreign Documents: Must be translated to English by a certified translator.

AFTER YOU APPLY

Waiting Period:

72-hour wait after filing the application.

No waiting period for remarriage (bring certified copy of existing marriage).


License Validity:

Valid for six months. Can be extended to one year with prior approval.


Multiple Ceremonies:

You can have a civil and religious ceremonies. Registrar will issue two licenses (one for each ceremony).

GETTING MARRIED IN NEWARK NJ COURTHOUSE

Location:

  • Newark City Hall, 920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102.


Scheduling the Ceremony:

  • Contact the courthouse to schedule your ceremony. Ceremonies are often held during regular business hours.


Bring Required Documents:

  • Marriage license (must have completed the application process).
  • Identification (driver’s license, passport).
  • Witness (18+ years old).


Ceremony Details:

  • Courthouse ceremonies are typically brief.
  • Check with the courthouse for any specific rules or guidelines.


Fees:

  • There may be a small fee for the ceremony. Check with the courthouse for current rates.

HIRING AN OFFICIANT

Once you have your marriage license. You can hire an officiant to marry you anywhere in New Jersey.


Costs:

  • Vary based on experience and location. Typically range from $200 to $500.

Booking:

  • Book early to ensure availability.
  • Discuss ceremony details and any special requests.


USING A FRIEND TO OFFICIATE YOUR WEDDING

You can ask a friend or a family member to marry you. They must become a licensed officiant. Online ordination services available.

Check New Jersey laws to ensure compliance.