Civil Unions & Domestic Partnerships

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How to request:
Civil Union One partner must be a resident of Basking Ridge, Liberty Corner or Lyons section in the municipality of Bernards Township. This license is good for use anywhere in New Jersey.

If both partners are non-residents of New Jersey, the license must be obtained from the Registrar of the municipality where the ceremony is to be performed and is only good for use in that municipality. They can apply for a civil union license in Bernards Township only if the ceremony is taking place in Bernards Township.
$28 payable by check or cash
Checks are to be made payable to:
"Bernards Township".
The request for a civil union application MUST be completed by both parties before the license will be issued. Once the civil union license is issued, it is good for 30 days from the date of issuance.

The registrar will not issue a civil union license sooner than 72 hours after the application for the license has been made, unless ordered to do so via an appropriate court order.
Identification is required with a civil union application such as a valid photo driver's license and either a valid passport or birth certificate for both the partners. Appointments must be made in advance.
Phone: 908-204-2520 to make an appointment.

A witness 18 years or older must accompany the couple at the time of the application. This witness can be a relative.

Application for License

Civil Union Certificate Request $20. Payable by check or cash. Checks are to be made payable to: "Bernards Township". Both partners and/or their parents can request a civil union request certificate. Identification such as a valid photo driver’s license, or valid passport must accompany a request for a civil union certificate. Please print and complete the certificate request and send it to the address below with a stamped self-addressed return envelope.

Certificate Request Form
Affidavit of Domestic Partnership Couples wishing to register a Domestic Partnership must be same sex couples OR opposite sex couples who are both 62 years of age or older and provided that they meet the requirements in this document: Registering a Domestic Partnership.

$28 payable by check or cash

Checks are to be made payable to:
"Bernards Township".
The Affidavit of Domestic Partnership must be completed and signed by both applicants at the same time, in the presence of a notary. After completion of the Affidavit, the applicants must meet together with the local Registrar. It is advisable to make an appointment in advance. The Registrar will issue a Certificate of Domestic Partnership. Each applicant must supply valid identification that establishes name, birth date and proof of residency such as a certified birth certificate, driver's license, military identification or state/county identification card, or a valid passport. Applicants must obtain an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership from any local Registrar's office in New Jersey.
Mail Request to: Bernards Township Health Department
262 South Finley Avenue
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

The Bernards Township Health Department is a Contractual Health Agency serving: Bernards Township, Bernardsville Borough, Chester Borough,
Long Hill Township, Mendham Borough, Peapack and Gladstone Borough.