Copies of most Vital Records can be obtained from the registrar’s office in the town where the event occurred.
While the Sussex County Clerk’s Office does maintain in its archives a record of marriages in the county from 1795 through the mid-1850s, current marriage certificates must be obtained from the town in which the ceremony was performed.
In order to be married, prospective couples must apply for and receive a valid New Jersey Marriage License from the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the municipality where the bride or groom resides, or if neither party is a resident of the state, in the municipality in which the proposed marriage or civil union will take place. (See below for a list of Sussex County registrars.)
While the Sussex County Clerk has made a personal decision not to solemnize marriages/civil unions, there are several other options available to a couple wishing to tie the knot. Persons looking for someone to solemnize their marriage or civil union should refer to N.J.S.A. 37:1-13 for guidance as to who is eligible to solemnize their marriage/civil union and what requirements, if any, are needed for those officiants/celebrants.
If you are a person who has been asked to solemnize a marriage or civil union, but you’re not sure if you meet the State’s statutory requirements, you should contact the Secretary of State’s office by calling 609-777-2500, or by visiting www.state.nj.us/state.