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Can I still get married? Are marriage licenses still being issued?
Those seeking a marriage license should apply for one in the New Jersey municipality where either party resides. The license is valid throughout New Jersey.
However, due to the public health emergency, please contact your local registrar first to determine if they are still open for business at this time as they may be closed to protect the health of residents and workers against COVID-19.
The Governor has also announced an executive order that allows individuals to use videoconferencing technology for the licensing process and the marriage ceremony.
The requirement that a marriage or civil union be solemnized in the physical presence of an officiant and two witnesses can be satisfied through the use of live audio-visual technology, provided certain conditions are met.
The order also suspends the 72-hour waiting period between the license application and issuance, extends the period that a license is valid from 30 to 90 days, and waives fees imposed for the issuance of a second marriage or civil union license if the original has expired.
For more information, contact your local registrar.
Any gathering, ceremony, or celebration must comply with the limits on gatherings.
Indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people, and social distancing protocols are strongly recommended. When social distancing is not possible, individuals should wear a cloth face covering to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Outdoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people and social distancing must be practiced. For instance, organized gatherings must include clear demarcations for attendees – and individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. For more on mandatory requirements for outdoor gatherings, refer to the Governor's announcement.
During this difficult time, we must find new ways to celebrate important milestones and joyous occasions. There are a number of free online tools to connect friends and loved ones remotely.
For drive-in gatherings, if vehicles are closer than six feet apart, then all windows, sunroofs, or convertible tops must remain closed, unless the health or safety of the occupants is endangered.
In all other cases, residents should stay at home as much as possible.
If you must go outside, make sure to wear a face covering and practice social distancing whenever possible.