The Office of the Registrar for Vital Statistics oversees and administers the following:
- Applications for Marriage Licenses
- Applications for Domestic Partnerships
- Applications for Civil Unions
- Certified Copies of Vital Records -Birth, Marriage, Domestic Partnership, Civil Unions & Death Certificates. (IMPORTANT – Please note that Certified Copies of Vital Records are only available for those events that occurred in Medford Township)
- Please note the following fees: $25 for the first copy of a vital record; $5 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time. Payments are to be made via cash, check or money order. We do not accept credit cards or debit cards.
Requirements for entering into a Marriage:
(Appointments are made Monday -Friday 9:30am-3:30pm)
"Entering into a Marriage or Civil Union in New Jersey" Brochure
Application for License: Marriage, Remarriage, Civil Union, Reaffirmation of Civil Union Form
For two persons to establish a Marriage in this State, it shall be necessary that they satisfy all of the following criteria:
Not be a party to another civil union, domestic partnership or marriage in this State or recognized by this State;
Be at least 18 years of age, except that applicants under the age of 18 may enter into a Marriage with parental consent. Applicants under the age of 16 must obtain parental consent and have the consent approved in writing by any judge of the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Family part.
Where to apply:
The marriage license application is to be made in the New Jersey municipality in which either party resides and the license is valid throughout the State of New Jersey.
If neither applicant is a New Jersey resident, submit the application in the municipality where the marriage ceremony will be performed, the license is only valid in the issuing municipality.
Required documents when applying for a marriage license:
Proof of identity by presenting your driver’s license, passport or state/federal I.D.
Proof of your residency.
Your social security card or social security number.**
A witness, 18 years of age or older.
The $28 application fee. (Cash or checks only; we cannot accept credit or debit cards)
**Social security number is required by law for US citizens and will be kept confidential.
Any documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
Requested additional documents:
A copy of your birth certificate to establish your parents’ names and related birth information. (This is helpful but not required)
If you are divorced, have had a previous civil union dissolved, domestic partnership terminated or have had a civil union annulled, please bring the decree(s) or the civil annulment documents.
If your former spouse/civil union or domestic partner is deceased, please bring the death certificate.
After you apply:
There is a 72-hour waiting period before the license is issued. The waiting period begins when the application is filed with the Local Registrar. There is no 72 hour waiting period for a remarriage; however, you must bring a certified copy of your existing marriage.
Only one marriage license may be granted from a marriage application. The marriage license is valid for thirty (30) days. If the license expires before being used, a new application must be made and another $28 fee remitted.
For individuals who are currently in a marriage in New Jersey or are in a marriage in another state or country there exists the option to reaffirm your relationship/vows by registering a Remarriage.
In order to apply for a Remarriage the couple must provide proof of their existing marriage, meet the requirements for entering into a marriage in New Jersey and follow the guidelines above to completing the license application.
The process for a Remarriage License are the same as for the Marriage License, except that the Remarriage License must be accompanied by the proof of existing marriage and once the application is filed there is no 72 hour waiting period before the license is issued.
Appointments are needed for all Applications. E-mail the Registrar of Vital Statistics or call (609) 654-2608 x317
Denise Schmied, CMR (ext 317)
Dawn Bielec, CMR (ext 328)
17 North Main Street
Medford, NJ 08055
Phone: (609) 654-2608
Fax: (609) 953-7720
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for questions and copies of vital records.
**APPOINTMENTS ARE MADE FOR MARRIAGE LICENSES/CIVIL UNIONS/DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS; AND ARE SCHEDULED BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9:30 a.m. thru 3:30 p.m.