Marriage license/civil union applicants should allow sufficient time for documentation to be reviewed by the staff during the process.
8:30 AM TO 11:45 AM or 1:00 PM TO 3:45 PM
WHERE DO I APPLY?
If the ceremony is in New Jersey: The couple must apply
in the municipality where either the bride/groom or
partner A/partner B legally reside.
If both reside outside of New Jersey: They must apply in the municipality where the ceremony will occur. The license is only valid in that town.
WHEN DO I APPLY?
Two applicants and one witness over the age of 18 must apply in person, in the Registrar’s Office. They need the required identification, documentation and the $28.00 dollar fee. They should apply two weeks prior to the ceremony date. All individuals need valid Photo ID with current address showing, to establish proof of identity and residency.
*Please note a PO Box is not acceptable on a driver license for a marriage application. Two alternate forms of ID will be required, if there is a PO Box on the drivers license.
There is a State-mandated 72-hour waiting period, which begins once the application is completed and the fee is paid. After the 72-hour waiting period, applicants may designate someone to pick up the license before their ceremony. The individual will need to bring their identification and the application receipt. The license will only be released during regular business hours.
The license, once issued, will expire in thirty (30) days. The license MUST be used prior to the expiration date, which is noted on the license or the marriage/civil union is not valid.
Applicants must present the following, at the time of application:
Birth Certificates for proof of age. If you do not have your Birth Certificate, TWO other forms of ID with your date of birth on them are required. Other acceptable forms are: Driver’s License, Passport, Baptism Paper.
If either applicant, or both, are divorced or have dissolved a civil union, they must bring divorce papers or the dissolution of the civil union, with the FILED DATE AND DOCKET NUMBER on them. It must be the “FINAL DECREE” signed by the JUDGE.
If either applicant is a widow or widower, they need to bring the Death Certificate(s) at the time of application.
MINORS, UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YRS. OLD
Any person under 18 years of age MUST have parental consent papers signed by both parents. If under the age of 16, the parental consent must be signed by both parents and a Judge.
Minors who wish to marry must contact the Registrar’s Office for
AFTER THE MARRIAGE/CIVIL UNION:
Please contact the Registrar in the municipality where the ceremony was performed, in order to obtain the certified, legal copy of the license/certificate. The license/certificate is available about a week to ten days after the marriage or civil union ceremony takes place.
If the ceremony took place in the Township of Toms River, the fee is $15.00 for each certified copy. The applicant must present ID, complete a request application and pay the fee to obtain certified copies of the license. This may be done in person or by mail. (See “OBTAINING VITAL RECORDS”)