Marriage License Information

***Please read the NJ Department of Health's Information Guide on "Entering into a Marriage or Civil Union in New Jersey" prior to contacting NWBRHC.***

You will need to make an appointment with NorthWest Bergen Regional Health Commission and come to 20 West Prospect Street in Waldwick NJ to file your Marriage License if...

1. You live in one of the following towns:

2. You live out of state, and are planning to get married in one of the following towns:

3. If you don't live in one of these towns, or are not planning to get married in one of these towns, Find Your Local Registrar.

Please call (201) 445-7217 ext. 0
and ask to speak with Carmen Nist or Keri Tone.

Helpful Information

What should you bring with you when you apply?
Required documents when applying for a marriage license:

  1. Proof of identify by presenting your driver’s license, passport or state/federal ID
  2. Proof of your residency
  3. Your social security card or social security number*
  4. A witness, 18 years of age or older
  5. The $28 application fee

*Social security number is required by law for U.S. citizens and will be kept confidential.

* Any documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Requested additional documents (these documents are helpful but not required):

  1. A copy of your birth certificate to establish your parents’ names and related birth information.
  2. If you are divorced, have had a previous civil union dissolved, domestic partnership terminated or have had a civil union annulled, please bring the decree(s) or the civil annulment documents.
  3. If your former spouse/civil union or domestic partner is deceased, please bring the death certificate.
  4. Each applicant must supply valid identification that establishes name, age, date of birth and proof of residency. This may be supplied by one or more documents issued by a government agency, such as a certified copy of a birth certificate, driver’s license, military identification, passport or state/county identification card.

After You Apply

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. If the 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.

Remarriage Licenses

For individuals who are currently in a marriage in New Jersey or are in an opposite sex marriage in another state or country there exists the option to reaffirm your relationship/vows by registering a Remarriage.

In order to apply for a Remarriage the couple must provide proof of their existing opposite sex 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 are the same as for the Marriage License, except that the Remarriage License must be accompanied by the proof of existing marriage and once the application is filed there is no 72 hour waiting period before the license is issued.

New Jersey Marriage License Information

New Jersey Marriage License Application

 

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