Monday, May 21st, 2012...11:51 am

Ask Claudia: Marriage License Applications

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Sushmita, Edison, NJ

Q:  Hey Claudia.  I am getting married Thanksgiving weekend and was wondering when the best time would be to apply for a marriage license? Since the marriage bureau would be closed during that weekend, I’m not sure what to do. Please  help!

A:  I see you live in New Jersey, but you didn’t specify where you are applying for the license.   In any event, according to the New York State Department of Health website,  although the marriage license is issued immediately, the marriage ceremony may not take place within 24 hours from the exact time that the license was issued.  That means you can apply before Thanksgiving weekend.   A marriage license is valid for 60 calendar days, beginning the day after it is issued.   In New Jersey, 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.  The marriage license application is valid for six months from the date accepted, unless the Registrar has given prior approval to extend the validity of the application to a maximum of one year.