How to Obtain Birth Certificates in New Jersey
Birth certificates validate your age, identity, and citizenship and they come in handy when you are applying for a job, passport, driver’s license or other legal purposes.
If you were born in New Jersey, you could obtain a copy of your birth certificate by following the steps below.
The New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics maintains all birth records and has been keeping records since 1918.
Vital records are kept private in New Jersey, and they have strict laws about who can access your birth record. Only someone with a direct and tangible interest in a birth record can obtain a copy. The following people may access a copy of yours:
- You, if you are a legal adult.
- Your parents, legal guardian, siblings, child or grandchild.
- Your spouse.
- A state or federal agency.
You can visit one of the local Vital Records Offices in the town where the birth occurred.
First, you must fill out an application. You will need the following information to complete it:
- Your name.
- Your address.
- Your phone number.
- Your email address.
- The child’s name on the birth certificate.
- The number of copies requested.
- Place of birth.
- Date of birth.
- Full names of both parents.
- County of birth.
- If name changed, the new name.
You may bring your completed application between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to:
Office of Vital Statistics and Registry
140 East Front Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
Or you may choose to mail it in to:
New Jersey Department of Health
Vital Statistics and Registry
PO Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370
You will have to pay a non-refundable fee of $25 for the first copy and $2 for each additional copy. Make the check or money out to “Treasurer, State of NJ.”
You also have the option of using an online service such VitalChek.com to search for and order a copy of your birth certificate. This service is government-approved for certified copies, and you can order expedited shipping to get them quicker.