Requirements & Application
As of October 1, 2009, marriage licenses may only be obtained from the town of occurrence. Once issued, the marriage license is good for 65 days. There is no waiting period between applying for and receiving your license.
On November 12, 2008, the Connecticut Supreme Court struck down the state’s civil union law and ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. The same marriage license will be issued to all couples wishing to be married.
Justices of the Peace
The Town Clerk’s Office does not perform wedding ceremonies. We are happy to provide the couple with a list of Newington Justices of the Peace (PDF). Arrangements can be made directly with the Justice you select.
The couple must appear in the Town Clerk’s Office to sign the Marriage License. They may come together or individually, but each must sign the document before it can be issued. There is an application/worksheet (PDF) that requires completion. You will be asked questions regarding your parentage: where your mother and father were born and your mother’s maiden name. You can bring the completed worksheet with you, or you can complete it when you visit our office.
We also suggest you purchase a certified copy of the license at the same time.
|Certified Copy of License
The Town Clerk’s Office is frequently asked whether our staff is responsible for legally changing a bride’s last name with Social Security Administration (SSA) once she has been married. There are no provisions with the Connecticut Statutes to allow Town Clerks to perform this service. However, you can access the necessary change of name form (PDF) to submit to the SSA along with a certified copy of your marriage license.
Identification/Payment/Process Time Length
Please be sure to bring identification - a valid driver’s license or a valid passport. We accept cash or a personal check for the license.
The process takes from 20-30 minutes depending on activity in the office - no appointment is necessary. The hours to obtain a marriage license are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Newington Town Hall is located at 131 Cedar Street. If you have any questions, please call our office at 860-665-8545.