To obtain a marriage license in New Jersey:
If you live in NJ and are getting married in NJ:
You must not be a party to another civil union, domestic partnership or marriage
Be of the opposite sex
Be at least 18 years of age
Apply for your license in the town where the bride resides legally
What is required:
Proof of identity with a driver's license, passport or federal I.D.
Proof of residency
Your social security card or number
One witness, 18 years of age or older
If divorced, please bring the divorce decree
You must apply no sooner than 30 days prior to the wedding date. The license is only good for 30 days
There is a 72 hour waiting period before the license is issued
The officiant will fill out the marriage license after the ceremony and file it with the municipality where your wedding took place. You can pick up a copy of it from that office in 2 days
If you live in any other state and are getting married in NJ:
Same information as above however you will apply for the license in NJ in the town of which the wedding ceremony will take place.
To obtain a marriage license in Pennsylvania:
When to apply:
Where to apply: What is required:
- Minimum of three business days and/or up to a maximum of 60 days prior to the marriage ceremony.
- There is a three (business) day waiting period for issuance of the actual license.
- Both applicants must be present to apply.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age in order to apply for a marriage license. This rule applies to both male and female applicants. Applicants between 16-18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to provide written consent to the marriage. Applicants under 16 years of age must have both the written approval of a judge of the Orphans' Court Division of the Common Pleas AND a parent or legal guardian given written consent.
- Social Security Numbers are REQUIRED at the time of application.
- Drivers license or Photo ID for applicants
- Visas are required for citizens of another country
Applicants who have been previously married must provide the following information concerning the latest dissolution of prior marriages: Divorces:
- In the case of a divorce, a certified copy of the divorce decree(s) must be presented which states:
- Month, day and year of final decree.
- County and state where granted.
- Female (if last name differs from decree) - must provide documents from Court of name change.
- Note: Foreign divorces require a certified English translation.
- A certified copy of the annulment document is required which must include the same information as stated above for a divorce.
- The date of death of the deceased spouse is necessary.
To obtain a marriage license in other states: