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New Jersey Birth Certificates

A New Jersey certificate of birth is available as a certified credential or as a genealogical certification. Additionally, birth certificates may contain an Apostille Seal if the credential is needed for certain foreign government purposes. To get a birth record for legal or genealogical purposes, residents may submit an application directly through the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). In most cases, customers may order a certified birth certificate in person or by mail. Alternately, residents may order a New Jersey vital recordonline here if they can provide their credit card payment information. When obtaining such documents, customers must provide proof of their identity, as well as evidence of their relationship to the subject of the credential. Additionally, applicants who need a copy of birth certificate credentials must provide payment for the applicable fee. To learn more about how to apply for a birth certificate in NJ, review the information below.

Types of New Jersey Birth Records

A New Jersey birth certificate is available as a certified copy with a raised seal or as a certification for genealogical purposes. A certified birth certificate is often a requirement when residents need to prove their age and identity, as these types of records are legal documents and are printed on State of New Jersey safety paper. However, a non-certified birth certificate copy is also available if customers wish to obtain a record for conducting genealogical research. These types of birth records are known as certifications, as they do not contain a raised seal and are not printed on safety paper. Additionally, non-certified certificates of birth are clearly labeled as such. Furthermore, customers who order a certified duplicate of birth certificate credentials may add an Apostille Seal to their records if they wish to establish dual citizenship or complete an international adoption. However, residents must obtain an original birth certificate before they may add an Apostille Seal to the credential, as customers cannot complete these two transactions simultaneously. To order birth certificate records, residents may submit an application online here.

Why do I need a copy of my New Jersey birth certificate?

Residents must obtain birth certificate credentials in order to prove their age and legal identity. For instance, a New Jersey birth certificate is generally a requirement if residents wish to apply for government benefits, obtain a U.S. passport or join the military. Additionally, a record of birth is often a requirement when enrolling in school or claiming insurance or pension benefits. As such, residents need a replacement birth certificate if they lose or damage their certified credential or if their original record is stolen from them. Furthermore, residents may also obtain NJ birth certificates if they wish to conduct family history research. However, these birth certificates are not valid for legal purposes, such as establishing identity. To get a birth record, residents may order a copy online here.

Who can order a duplicate birth certificate in New Jersey?

New Jersey birth certificate application requirements vary depending on the specific credential type. For instance, a certified certificate of birth is only available to applicants who can provide proof of their identity and their relationship to the subject of the record. Furthermore, family history birth records are only available to applicants if the subject of the record is deceased. To learn more about these birth record application requirements, review the following sections.

Certified

A certified birth certificate (or a non-genealogical record) is available to residents who wish to obtain a credential for a birth that took place within the previous 80 years. However, New Jersey birth certificates are only available to authorized applicants, including the following:

  • The subject of the record
  • Parents who wish to obtain their child’s credential
  • Children who wish to obtain a parent or sibling’s record
  • Spouses or civil union partners who wish to order one another’s credential
  • Grandchildren who wish to order their grandparent’s record
  • Attorneys or legal representatives
  • State or federal agencies

In addition to completing the New Jersey birth certificate form and paying the required application fee, all applicants must provide proof of their identity (such as a driver license or two alternate forms of ID) and evidence of their relationship to the subject on the record. For instance, applicants who need to order a birth certificate of another resident may need to submit a marriage/civil union certificate, and/or their own record of birth, depending on the specific situation. To get started, residents may order a birth record online here.

Family History

A genealogical birth record (or a certification) is available to residents who wish to conduct family history research. However, family history birth certificates are only available after the passing of the resident named on the record. Additionally, these types of vital records are only available if the birth took place more than 80 years prior. Moreover, genealogical birth certificate applicants must be able to provide proof of their identity as well as the following:

  • The full name of the resident indicated on the New Jersey certificate of birth
  • The city or county in which the birth took place
  • The year of the resident’s birth

If obtaining a certified birth certificate in NJ (rather than a genealogical certification), then applicants must also submit proof of their relationship to the subject. Whether obtaining a birth certificate for genealogical or certified purposes, customers must also provide payment for the required application fee.

How to Apply for a New Jersey Birth Certificate

New Jersey birth certificates are generally available online, in person or by mail. However, genealogical birth records are only available by mail. After receiving a certificate of birth, residents who need an Apostille Seal may forward the credential to the New Jersey Department of Treasury along with an Apostille/Certificate of Authentication Request Form.

Online

The easiest way to order birth certificates in NJ is online, as customers can simply provide their personal information and pay with a credit card. After obtaining a birth certificate, residents must forward the credential to the New Jersey Department of Treasury if they wish to add an Apostille Seal to the record. To order a record of birth online, customers may submit their application here.

In Person

Only non-genealogical birth certificates are available in person through the State Office of Vital Statistics or through local Vital Record offices. To obtain a certified birth certificate through the State Office of Vital Statistics, applicants must visit the facility in Trenton between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. To obtain a New Jersey birth record through the Local Registrar’s office for the city or town in which the event took place, customers must contact the office to obtain specific application requirements.

By Mail

Certified birth certificates and genealogical records are both available by mail. To order a certified birth record in NJ, applicants must complete an Application for a Non-Genealogical Certification or a Certified Copy of a Vital Record and submit it to the Office of Vital Statistics and Registration Customer Service Unit for Non-Genealogical Requests, along with payment for the applicable fee and proof of identity and relationship.

To order a family history birth record in New Jersey, customers must complete an Application for a Genealogical Certification or Certified Copy of a Vital Record and mail it with proof of identity and payment for the applicable fee to the address below:

New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics and Registration 
Customer Service Unit – Genealogical Requests
P.O. Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370

Alternately, customers who need a duplicate NJ birth certificate may mail their application to the local Vital Records office for the city or town in which the event took place.

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