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 required for those officiants/celebrants.
Members of clergy and/or civil celebrants should note that application, certification and registration is NOT handled at the municipal or county level in New Jersey, but is maintained at the State level. Persons who have questions about becoming a civil celebrant can contact the State at 609-777-2500 for more information.