How to get a certified copy of birth certificate

how to get a certified copy of birth certificate
  • the birth occurred more than 80 years ago
  • the marriage occurred more than 50 years ago
  • the death occurred more than 40 years ago
Your request cannot be processed as a genealogical request if the person named on the record is still living or the event was more recent than listed above.

The Office of Vital Statistics and Registry holds records from 1915 to present. For records from May 1848 to 1914 visit the Department of State, New Jersey State Archives web page or call (609) 292-6260.

The following must be sent with your application:

  • all required copies of ID for proof of identity
  • the correct fees
  • copies of documents proving your relationship to the person named on the record, if you are ordering a certified copy

Your application will be returned if you do not send in all required documentation.

You must identify the record by providing the following required information, if you provide the optional information it may assist us in locating the record.

Required Information:

  • Full name on the record
  • City or county where the event occurred
  • Year the event occurred

Optional Information:

  • Exact Date of Event
  • Mother’s maiden Name
  • Father’s Name
  • Social security Number (deaths only)

You must provide acceptable ID in order to get a copy of any vital record. Copies of vital records must be mailed to the address listed on your identification. The following are acceptable forms of ID:

  • A current, valid photo driver's license or photo non-driver's license
OR
  • A current, valid driver’s license without photo and one alternate form of ID OR
  • Two alternate forms of ID, one of which must have current address.
  • Alternate forms of ID are:

    • Vehicle registration
    • Vehicle insurance card
    • Voter registration
    • US/Foreign Passport
    • Immigrant Visa
    • Permanent Resident Card (Green card)
    • Federal/State ID
    • County ID
    • School ID
    • Bank Statement (within previous 90 days)
    • Utility bill(within the previous 90 days)
    • W-2 or tax return for current/previous tax year

    Please do

    not send in original ID documents. Only copies are required.

    Fees for copies of vital records issued vary by municipality. Please contact the Local Vital Records office where the event occurred for information about their fees.

    The Office of Vital Statistics and Registry charges

    • $25 for the first copy of a vital record; and
    • $2 for each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time.
    • For genealogical applications only. additional years can be searched at a fee of $1 for each additional year.

    Applications mailed to the State may be paid by check or money order made payable to: Treasurer, State of New Jersey. Applications made to the municipal office should be made payable to the municipality. We cannot accept credit card payment by mail.

    Please do not send cash through the mail.

    Proof of relationship is not required if you are asking for a certification, which is an uncertified informational copy of the vital record which is not valid for establishing identity or legal purposes.

    To get a certified copy you must provide proof of your relationship to the person listed on the vital record and the proof must establish you are one of the following:

    • The subject of the record
    • The subject’s parent, legal guardian or legal representative
    • The subject’s spouse/civil union or domestic partner; child, grandchild or sibling, if of legal age
    • A state or federal agency for official purposes
    • Pursuant to court order

    See the How to Prove Relationship tips at the bottom of this page for information on how to prove your relationship. This is a key requirement to getting a certified copy of a vital record.

    Failure to provide proof of relationship is the number one reason certified copy applications are rejected.

    • all required copies of ID establishing your identity
    • the correct fee, and
    • copies of documents proving your relationship to the person named on the record, if you are ordering a certified copy

    Your application will be returned if you do not send in all required information.

    Submit your request and supporting documentation via one of the following order methods:

    Source: www.state.nj.us

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