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Important Notice: The Office of Vital Statistics and Registry changed the appearance of the safety paper used to issue certified copies of vital records within the State of New Jersey. Effective January 1, 2013, certified copies are issued on blue colored safety paper. Please note that certified copies issued on burgundy colored safety paper prior to January 1, 2013 are valid. The change in safety paper is consistent at both the State and local registrar's offices.

Please note, New Jersey law protects and restricts the release of vital records, as such, vital records are not public records and cannot be searched online. 

This website provides information on registering, amending and obtaining copies of vital records on file in New Jersey.

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The Office of Vital Statistics and Registry registers vital events and maintains the following vital records:

  • Birth, marriage and death records starting at 1916
  • Domestic partnership records starting at 2004
  • Civil union records starting at 2007
  • Adoptions – foreign and domestic
  • Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth data starting at 1969

Vital Records are also available from Local Vital Records Offices in the municipality where the event occurred.

For information about vital records from May 1848 – 1915 visit the State, Archives web page. The Archives also holds microfilm copies of births from 1901-1923, marriages from 1901-1940 and deaths from 1901-1940. These materials are available for in-person use only.

Visit the Center for Health Statistics web page for statistical information on vital events in New Jersey.

Visit the National Center for Health Statistics for information on how to request vital records from other states/jurisdictions.

Maintained by Office of Vital Statistics and Registry for information on registering, amending or obtaining copies of vital records please contact us toll-free nationwide at 1-866-649-8726 or for individuals within the 609 area code at (609) 292-4087.

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