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Getting Your New Jersey Marriage License

If the bride is a resident of New Jersey, the marriage license should be obtained in the municipality where she lives. If groom is a state resident and the bride is not, the marriage license should be obtained in the municipality where he lives. 

If neither of you are residents of New Jersey, the marriage license must be obtained from the registrar of the town where the ceremony is to be performed and can be used only in that town.

To save time, before you go to the local registrar’s office, determine if license applications are handled through appointment or business hours Also, you can download and complete the marriage license application form from or you can fill it out at the local registrar’s office. Make sure you don’t sign the marriage application form before going to the local registrar. You must sign the application while under oath, in the presence of the issuing authority. 

After you apply, there is a 72-hour waiting period before the license can be issued. The application is valid for six months from the date it is filed. Once the license is picked up, it is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance.

Items to bring with you:
* Proof of identity by presenting your driver’s license, passport or state/federal ID
* Proof of your residency
* Your Social Security card or Social Security number
* A witness, 18 years of age or older
* $28 application fee


Here's a list of Marriage License locations in South Jersey:

Atlantic City
City Hall, 1st floor
1301 Bacharach Boulevard, Room 105
(609) 347-5410

Ocean City
Municipal Clerk
861 Asbury Avenue
(609) 525-9328

Municipal Building
4400 New Jersey Avenue
(609) 522-2444 ext. 2209

Ventnor City
City Hall, Room 5
6201 Atlantic Avenue
(609) 823-7904

Sea Isle City
Office of the City Clerk and Registrar of Vital Statistics
City Hall
233 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
(609) 263-4461 ext. 1200

Wildwood Crest
Borough Hall
6101 Pacific Avenue
(609) 522-5176 ext.109

Municipal Building
9001 Winchester Avenue
(609) 822-2605

Registrar of Vital Statistics
Avalon Borough Hall
3100 Dune Drive
(609) 967-5530

Cape May
City Hall
643 Washington Street
(609) 884-9530

Borough Hall
Registrar of Vital Statistics
2305 Atlantic Avenue
(609) 823-2731 ext.117

Stone Harbor
Borough Hall
9508 Second Avenue
(609) 368-6800

West Cape May
732 Broadway
(609) 884-1005 ext. 2

Somers Point
City Hall
1 West New Jersey Avenue
(609) 927-9088

North Wildwood
City Hall
901 Atlantic Avenue
(609) 522-2030 ext.1400