Marriage License in NJ

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
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450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Lbward6:  I’m also getting married in NJ and live out of state.  I contacted the local municipality where I will need to get my license to get more details and they were super helpful!  I suggest reaching out the the registrar from that town and let them know your issue.  Sometimes they can expedite (I was told they could do that for me if needed) but you would need to work all those details out prior.  Hopefully they can work something out with you!

We’re planning to make a trip out prior for the application portion and then just pick up the license the week of the wedding.  You can apply 6 months in advance and then they will issue the license 30 days before.

Post # 4
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450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Lbward6:  Yeah I never thought the logistics of getting my marriage license would be one of the most difficult parts of wedding planning!  We both have to take a day off work to go do it (which I saw wasn’t an option for you) so we are trying to piggyback it with some other vendor meetings to make it a more productive day.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Lbward6:   I’m in NJ, but a different county – precisely what does your father mean by having it official?  Does he mean picking up the marriage license?  Or does he mean turning in the witnessed paperwork after the ceremony?  If the latter, as a relative, he may be able to do that since he is related to you.  If you call the clerk in the appropriate township, he or she may be able to help you out.  

 

 

Post # 7
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1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Lbward6:  Someone has to witness the license when you fill it out in the first place (mine was my mom) and that witness can pick it up without you or your fiance.

Post # 8
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139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

From what I understand, you must apply for a marriage license in NJ at least 72 hours before the ceremony, but it is valid up to 6 months.  Is there any possible way to get to NJ between now and then?   You may not be legally married (when you go on your honeymoon) if your license isn’t processed correctly.  Again, I don’t know the exact rules, so hopefully someone else can chime in…

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