• How to Get a Marriage License in Hoboken + Jersey City

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    You’ve said yes, picked out your venue, found your dream dress, and all that’s left to do now is say, “I do!” If only that were true. Sorry, but you’re going to need a license to wed. A marriage license is an officially issued document that authorizes a couple to legally marry. It sounds much more daunting than it is, but couples do need to file for a marriage license to be legally married. 

    Don’t worry —the process to get one is actually much easier and less painstaking than a trip to the DMV for a driver’s license. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Keep reading to find out how to get a marriage license in Hoboken or Jersey City.

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    The Form

    Ok, first thing’s first — you’ll need to apply for a marriage license. Luckily, it’s easy to download the marriage license application right on New Jersey’s website, here. You’ll want to fill that out as carefully and accurately as possible, and it’s best to fill it out before showing up at your local county clerk’s office. 

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    Where to Go 

    Now on to the most pressing question — which local county clerk’s office to go to. You’ll have to head to the office in the NJ municipality where either you or your partner reside. So if you don’t live together, pick which one is easiest to get to.

    Find the local registrar for your county here

    Below, however, we’ve  rounded up where Hoboken and JC residents can head to {to make that search process a bit easier for you}:

    • In Hoboken, visit Dawn Delorenzo at 124 Grand Street in the Hoboken Vital Records office. You can reach Dawn by phone at 201-420-2040.
    • In Jersey City, couples can visit Robert Byrne at 280 Grove Street. Robert can be reached via phone at 201-547-5150.

    Beyond the Form

    Like getting a driver’s license, you’ll have to arrive with a few extra documents plus your aforementioned form in order to get the marriage license. You’ll also need:

    • Proof of identity — example: license, passport, or state/federal ID
    • Proof of residency by one applicant — example: a bill with a mailing address
    • Social Security number — don’t worry, the NJ.gov website promises SS# will be kept confidential
    • A witness at least 18 years of age or older money {$28} for the application fee
    • Any documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified English translation

    Disclaimer: Please always confirm this information with your local county clerk.

    Also,  try to make picking your witness special — maybe a close friend that didn’t quite make the bridal party cut, or a parent or special relative. {And you should probably pick someone with Insta-worthy photo taking skills, too.}

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    Timing 

    This is important — do not wait until the last minute to get the marriage license completed, but don’t go too early, either.

    For the state of New Jersey, there is a 72-hour waiting period before the marriage license is officially issued, and it begins once the application is filed. It’s good for six months from the date it has been accepted, so while you’re probably feeling super excited to check something off the list, you’ll have to wait until at least six months out from the big day. 

    Do you have any tips for getting a marriage license in Hoboken or Jersey City? Let us know in the comments! 


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    Erin is a freelance writer and lives in Hoboken with her husband and daughter. A proud Jersey Girl, she grew up in Central New Jersey but always had a love for Hudson County, with her father having grown up in Jersey City, and her grandfather proudly worked at Maxwell House for decades. Her words have been featured across many outlets including BRIDES, Allure, TeenVogue, The Today Show, Byrdie, and more. Erin also owns local Etsy shop GrandeGifts, and in her spare time can be found binging on all things Bravo.