The state of New Jersey does not recognize a common-law marriage as legal, which means a couple must obtain a marriage license and have a wedding ceremony conducted by an approved officiant in order to be considered married.
Can anyone officiate a wedding in New Jersey?
No. The Law specifically states that every member of the clergy of every religion is authorized to continue to solemnize marriages or civil unions without having to be a certified civil celebrant under the new law.
How can I have a wedding without an officiant?
There are typically two types of ceremonies where you can marry without an officiant: a civil wedding and a self-uniting marriage. In a few US states, it’s possible for some couples to have a self-uniting (or self-solemnizing) marriage.
How can I get married in NJ without a ceremony?
UPDATE: Getting Your NJ Marriage License
- You may now get married via video-conferencing and no longer have to have your officiant present.
- You may now apply for your marriage license via video-conferencing.
- The 72-hour waiting period has been lifted.
Is a wedding officiant necessary?
You cannot get married without a wedding officiant. Judges, Ministers and other people who legally sign marriage licenses are acting as a wedding officiant when they marry you. If you are self-solemnizing your marriage you are acting as your own wedding officiant.
What do you need to marry someone in NJ?
Do not sign the marriage application form before going to the Local Registrar.
- Proof of identity by presenting your driver’s license, passport or state/federal I.D.
- Proof of residency by one applicant if a NJ resident.
- Social Security number*
- A witness, 18 years of age or older.
- The $28 application fee.
Can you marry more than one person?
Polygamy (from Late Greek πολυγαμία, polygamía, “state of marriage to many spouses”) is the practice of marrying multiple spouses. When a man is married to more than one wife at the same time, sociologists call this polygyny. When a woman is married to more than one husband at a time, it is called polyandry.
What is a non clergy marriage?
California allows “non-clergy marriage” by “members of a particular religious society or denomination not having clergy for the purpose of solemnizing marriage or entering the marriage relation,” provided that specified forms, including the signatures of two witnesses, are properly completed and filed.
Do you need a witness to get married in NJ?
Witness. Couples must bring a witness 18 years of age or older to obtain their marriage license. Money. The application fee for a New Jersey marriage license costs $28.
How much is a courthouse wedding in NJ?
Getting married requires you to pay a fee for a marriage license. New Jersey marriage license fee is $28. Legal marriage age is 18.