38 Park Avenue
Flemington, NJ, 08822
Complete the marriage license application form. You may also get an application form at Registrar’s office at Borough Hall. Do not sign the marriage application form before going to the Registrar. You must sign the application, under oath, in the presence of the issuing authority.
The following criteria must be met before two people can enter a marriage:
* Your social security number is required by law for US citizens and will be kept confidential.
Any documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
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 a 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. Once issued, a marriage license expires 30 days. If a license expires before being used, a new application must be made and another $28 fee remitted.
The only exception to this requirement is in the case where a civil and religious ceremony are to be performed on the same day. In this case, the Local Registrar will photocopy the marriage application, marking one “A” and one “B”, and issue the corresponding marriage licenses, marking them “A” and “B” as well. One copy will be used for the religious ceremony and the other for the civil ceremony.
One of the specific laws governing the validity of a marriage in New Jersey deals with what groups are permitted to perform a marriage ceremony. This is detailed in N.J.S.A. 37:1-13, and currently permits judges, magistrates, mayors or deputy mayors, county clerks, chairmen of any township committees, and ministers of every religion to conduct a marriage ceremony in New Jersey in order for the marriage to be a valid one. A title of “Officiant” is currently not accepted by the state.
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.