All you need to know about getting legally married in New Jersey!


Andreia and Veronica had a New Jersey camp-themed wedding! Photo by Anne Robert Photography.


When does gay marriage go into effect in New Jersey?

Same-sex couples are currently able to have legally recognized marriage ceremonies.

Do I have to live in New Jersey to get married there?
No. Any couple can get married as long as other qualifications are met.

Where can I apply for a marriage license?
The registrar at the municipal office.

Is a blood test required?

Is there a waiting period to get the marriage license?
72 hours, unless you’re applying for a remarriage.

How soon after applying for a license can I get legally married?
72 hours, unless you’re applying for a remarriage.

Are there witnesses required in order to get legally married?
At least 1 witness is required.

How much is the marriage license application fee?

How long is the marriage license valid for?
6 months.

Can I apply online for a marriage license?

Do we both have to be there to apply for our marriage license?

What paperwork is required when I apply for my marriage license?
Proof of identification (driver’s license, passport, or state/federal I.D.), proof of residency and social secuty card.

Who can officiate the marriage ceremony?
Judges or retired judges, county clerks, mayors, chairmen of state township committees and ministers of every religion can perform marriages in New Jersey.

If I don’t live in New Jersey, will my marriage be recognized by my home state?
The marriage will be respected in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Hawaii, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington State and Washington, D.C. In Nevada, the marriage will be seen as a domestic partnership.

Is my New Jersey gay marriage recognized by the U.S. federal government?
Yes, it is!

Is a divorce decree required?
Yes. You’ll need to provide the city, state, country of each previous marriage and the ending status, such as, by divorce or death. Home and work telephone numbers for both you and your ex(s) are also requested.

If I get legally married in New Jersey, will I still need special legal paperwork to protect my family?
you plan to travel with your partner beyond the state of New Jersey, it will be necessary for you to hire an attorney to draw up paperwork to protect your family in case something happens in a state where your marriage is not recognized. Read our expert advice on how to legally protect your relationship and children.

How do I change my name?
You will need to file a name change petition. Follow this link for instructions.