Civil Unions

Persons wishing to establish a civil union must not be a party in another Civil Union, Domestic Partnership or Marriage with another individual.  However, couples that have already registered as Domestic Partners with each other may enter into a Civil Union.

Must be of the same sex.  Must be at least 18 years of age, except as provided for the consent of minors.

A fee of $28.00 (cash only) is due when the license is picked up.  We cannot accept checks or credit cards. The license, once issued, is valid for a period of 30 days.

Civil Union Application

Can apply in the municipality where either party resides.  If neither reside in the state then application must be made in the municipality where the civil union is to be performed.  The license may be used only in that municipality.

A witness (who is at least 18 years old) must accompany the applicants at the time they fill out the application.

There is a 72 hour waiting period after the application is made until the license can be issued.

The Civil Union is only recognized within the state of New Jersey. There are a few other states that currently recognize Civil Unions, but they have their own requirements that must be met.