The County Clerk
performs marriage ceremonies at the Administration Building in New Brunswick.
Dates must be reserved in advance and prospective couples must apply
for and receive a valid New Jersey Marriage License from the Registrar
of Vital Statistics in the municipality where the bride-to-be resides.
A marriage license
permits a wedding to be lawfully performed. After it is signed by the
person officiating at the marriage ceremony, it becomes a marriage certificate
Ė proof of marriage. A couple must visit the town Registrar of Vital
Statistics with a witness in advance of the wedding, provide biographical
information, and pay a fee. Then they must wait three days to return
to the registrar to pick up the typed license. They return to pick up
the license, which is split into four parts. The original goes to Trenton
for record keeping,. The first white carbon is the local registrarís
copy. The pink is given to the bride and groom and the blue goes to
the officiate. After the ceremony, the couple can pay for a certified
copy of the certificate.
After the wedding,
the marriage certificate is available and should be copied. Wives who
have changed their names will need it for changes on their driverís
license and registration, car insurance, Social Security, credit cards,
life insurance, wills, and passports.
and answers on "How to get a marriage license"
Where do we apply for a marriage license?
If you both live in New Jersey, or just the bride does, apply to the
Registrar of Vital Statistics in the brideís municipality. If only the
groom is a New Jersey resident, apply in his municipality. If neither
of you lives in New Jersey, apply where the marriage is to be performed.
When should we apply?
In advance. The registrar will not issue a marriage license sooner than
72 hours after the application for a marriage license has been made.
Once issued, it is good for 30 days.
What should we bring?
one or both of the applicants is divorced, bring a copy of the final
decree for examination by the registrar or a statement by the judge
as to when the final decree was signed (not the date of the final hearing).
A form of identification e.g. original birth certificate, passport or
picture driverís license is required for both the bride and groom. If
you are under 18, you must have permission of both parents. If under
16, both parental consents and judicial approval of such consents are
Who can officiate?
Federal District judges, United States magistrates, judges of a municipal
court, judges of the Superior Court, judges of a tax court, any mayor/deputy
mayor or chairman of any township committee, village president of New
Jersey, County Clerks, and ministers of every religion.