Weddings are performed by the Middlesex County Clerk by appointment only. Normally they are scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings about 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. based on availability. Call 732-745-3005 or 732-745-3828 in order to schedule a wedding.
Once the wedding has been scheduled here, the couple must apply for the marriage license with the Registrar in the municipality where either party resides. If the parties reside out of state, they should apply for the marriage license with the Registrar in the municipality where the wedding ceremony will take place. There is a seventy-two (72) hour waiting period at the Registrar’s Office before the marriage license will be issued and, once issued, the marriage license is effective for thirty (30) days. There is no fee by the Middlesex County Clerk to perform a wedding.
On the wedding day, the couple, their witnesses and everyone in their party must arrive with valid photo identification. The couple to be married must bring the marriage license and two witnesses over the age of eighteen (18) years. They check in with our Security personnel in the lobby where everyone in their party will be issued a visitor’s pass after review of their identification. The ceremony takes approximately thirty (30) minutes. Photos are permitted and the couple may bring a few friends or family members to observe the wedding ceremony.
After the wedding, the couple will leave with a copy of their marriage license/certificate. We then deliver the original to the City of New Brunswick Registrar for processing. The couple may contact the New Brunswick Registrar (732-745- 5018 or 5061) about five days after the ceremony in order to make arrangements to obtain a certified marriage certificate for which they will pay a fee.
Questions and answers on "How to get a marriage license"
Where do we apply for a marriage license?
Once the wedding has been scheduled here, the couple must apply for the marriage license with the Registrar in the municipality where either party resides. If the parties reside out of state, they should apply for the marriage license with the Registrar in the municipality where the wedding ceremony will take place.
When should we apply?
In advance. The registrar will not issue a marriage license sooner than 72 hours after the application for a marriage license has been made. Once issued, it is good for 30 days.
What should we bring?
If one or both of the applicants is divorced, bring a copy of the final decree for examination by the registrar or a statement by the judge as to when the final decree was signed (not the date of the final hearing). A form of identification e.g. original birth certificate, passport or picture driver’s license is required for both the bride and groom. If you are under 18, you must have permission of both parents. If under 16, both parental consents and judicial approval of such consents are necessary.
Who can officiate?
Federal District judges, United States magistrates, judges of a municipal court, judges of the Superior Court, judges of a tax court, any mayor/deputy mayor or chairman of any township committee, village president of New Jersey, County Clerks, and ministers of every religion.
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