If either of you live in New Jersey and will be getting married in New Jersey, go to the Local Registrar in the municipality where you live. You can use the license in any county in New Jersey.
If neither of you live in New Jersey but will be getting married there, you will need to go to the Registrar in the municipality where the marriage ceremony will be performed. The license will only be valid in that municipality.
You will need to have a witness with you who is over 18 years of age. In addition, there is a set of required documents, and a fee, to obtain the license.
You must apply for the license at least 72 hours before your wedding date. The license is good for 6 months from the issue date.
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is legal for couples to unite themselves in marriage, in front of witnesses, without an officiant needing to sign the marriage license. Blasphemous? Exactly the opposite. Self-uniting marriages have been an accepted means of getting married for Quakers in Pennsylvania since 1682. Quakers believe that marriage should be between the couple and God, without needing an intermediary. So, what is the difference between a self-uniting marriage license and a regular marriage license?
When you go to the marriage bureau to get a license, tell them that you want a Self-Uniting license. These licenses sometimes cost a little more than the type that requires an officiant.
A Self-Uniting License requires both members of the couple plus two witnesses to sign the license on the day of your wedding.
Some couples self-unite by creating and conducting their own ceremonies. Other couples ask a friend or relative to create and conduct the ceremony as the couple self-unites. (A caution: Not all friends or family members are good at conducting ceremonies.)
If you do want to self-unite, consider asking Celebrant Robin to create your ceremony or guide you through the writing. Then, you can use that ceremony as you unite each other wherever and whenever you choose.