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Who can solemnize or perform a marriage or civil union?

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Who can solemnize or perform a marriage or civil union?

The following individuals may perform ceremonies in New Jersey:

  • Judges of the following courts: United States Court of Appeals for the 3d circuit, Federal District Court, Municipal Court, Superior Court and Tax Court as well as retired judges of the Superior Court or Tax Court or a judge of the Superior Court or Tax Court who has resigned in good standing.
  • U.S. Magistrates, surrogates of any county, county clerks, mayors or deputy mayors who have been authorized by the mayor to solemnize a marriage, chairpersons of any township committee or village.
  • Ministers of every religion, religious societies, institutions and organizations may perform marriage ceremonies according to the rules and customs of the society institution or organization.

Information about individual authorized to perform ceremonies can be obtained from the county or federal court house or the New Jersey Lawyers Diary.