Marriage Ceremonies

Due to COVID-19 Emergency Orders the County Clerk is not scheduling in person marriage ceremonies.
Schedule an Appointment

While the COVID Emergency Orders are in place Cape May County Clerk Rita M. Rothberg is making appointments to perform marriage ceremonies via ZOOM. Mrs. Rothberg performs a simple, but beautiful, civil ceremony celebrating the couple's love and commitment to each other. The couple will need their valid NJ marriage license (apply with the municipal clerk) and two witnesses. With the ZOOM ceremony both partners and both witnesses will need to physically be participating in Cape May County.

For information or to schedule a ceremony call the County Clerk's staff at 609-465-1010 or email the office.

Please visit the below link for a video about getting married by The Cape May County Clerk.
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How to Obtain a Marriage License

Applications for New Jersey Marriage Licenses must be obtained in the Municipal Registrar's Office in the municipality where either partner resides. If both partners are from out of state, they may apply at the Municipal Registrar's Office in the municipality where the ceremony will take place.

Both partners and 1 witness who is 18 years of age or older, and knows the couple, must appear at the Municipal Registrar's Office. Some municipalities will require proof of residency such as a driver's license, lease, or tax return.

It is recommended that you apply at least 2 weeks before the ceremony. You may apply as early as 6 months prior to the wedding. You must apply at least 72 hours prior to issuance of the marriage license. The marriage license is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance.

The official who performs the ceremony must file the license with the Municipal Registrar in the Municipality where the ceremony was performed within 5 days of the ceremony.

Premarital blood tests are no longer necessary in New Jersey.


A fee of $28 is due at the time of the application.