21 Church Street, Vernon, NJ 07462
In order to establish a civil union in New Jersey, the parties must apply for and obtain a civil union license. In Vernon, licenses are handled by the Vernon Township Registrar of Vital Statistics.
APPLICATIONS ARE TAKEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, MONDAY, TUESDAY AND FRIDAY, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9:00 A.M. AND 3:00 P.M.
APPLICATIONS FOR CIVIL UNION CAN BE MADE AS EARLY AS SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE. PLEASE SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BUT NO LATER THAN 14 DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF YOUR CIVIL UNION.
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE WEEK BEFORE YOUR CIVIL UNION TO TRY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT. The state of New Jersey requires a 72-hour waiting period after an application for civil union is made before a license can be issued.
Please SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BUT NO LATER THAN 14 DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF YOUR CIVIL UNION CEREMONY so you will be able to make an appointment in enough time to comply with the waiting period. Application appointments can be made as early as six months in advance of your civil union. (In some cases you may make your application as early as one year in advance.) The registrar may be reached by calling 973.764.4055, ext. 2234.
You would apply for a civil union license in Vernon if…
For your convenience, we have made the Application for a Civil Union License available online. This is a fillable form which may be filled out on your computer, saved to your hard drive and/or printed out.
You are not required to download and complete the application form in advance of your visit to the registrar but doing so will make the process that much easier. If you do complete the form in advance, please do not sign the application as it must be signed under oath in the presence of the issuing authority.
Both parties to the civil union must appear in person at the registrar’s office to apply for the license.
Note: Any documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
There is a 72-hour waiting period after the application has been made before the license can be issued (there is no waiting period for a “Reaffirmation of Civil Union” license). If the civil union is scheduled for a Saturday or Sunday, the application must be made no later than the preceding Tuesday, however, it is strongly recommended that applications be made weeks in advance so that our office may accommodate you as applications are only taken weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Holidays and weekends are included in the waiting period. In case of emergency, a Superior Court judge has the authority to waive all or part of the waiting period.
If the applicants cannot come in at the same time, either may complete his/her part of the application and start the waiting period. The other applicant must return with the same witness to complete his/her part of the application. The application must be completed by both parties before the license will be issued.
Once filed, the application is valid for six months; the license, once issued, is valid for thirty days.