New Jersey

Open Public Record Act:

The New Jersey Open Public Records Act allows the public to access all government records with certain exceptions such as records that will violate an individual’s right to privacy. Other records that are also exempted include medical examiner records, criminal investigation records, trade secrets, proprietary information, and attorney-client privilege.

Birth Records:

The Office of Vital Statistics and Registry maintains all records of births that have occured in the state starting 1918. You can obtain a copy of a birth record as long as you submit a completed application form along with all required copies of ID for proof of identity, the appropriate fees, and copies of documents proving your relationship to the person named on the record (if requesting for a certified copy).

The only eligible individuals who can receive a copy of a person’s birth certificate are:

  • The subject of the record
  • The subject’s parent, legal guardian or legal representative
  • The subject’s spouse/civil union partner; child, grandchild or sibling, if of legal age
  • A state or federal agency for official purposes
  • Pursuant to court order
  • The cost of a certified copy is $25 and $2 for each additional copy of the same record requested at the same time. For mailed-in orders, payment must be made in check or money order made payable to: Treasurer, State of New Jersey. Online orders must be paid with a credit card.

    Marriage Records:

    The Office of Vital Statistics and Registry maintains marriage records starting at 1918 and domestic partnership records as far back as 2004. If you wish to obtain a certified copy of a marriage certificate, you will need to submit a completed application form, all required copies of ID for proof of identity, the appropriate fees, and copies of documents that prove your relationship to the person named on the record. The cost of a certified copy is $25 and each additional copy costs $2. For mailed requests, only a check or money order made payable to: Treasurer, State of New Jersey will be accepted. Requests can be submitted through mail. Processing time is typically 1-2 weeks. Online requests have a processing time of 1 week while walk-in requests are typically processed within 2 hours.

    Divorce Records:

    Records of divorce decrees are stored and archived by the Superior Court Clerk’s Office. You can obtain a copy of the actual Judgment of Divorce from this office. You can also obtain a Certificate of Divorce for a nominal fee. The certificate contains the county where the divorce was granted, the docket number, the names of the parties, and the date of the Final Judgment of Divorce. You can check with this office if your divorce case has been filed at this office prior to making your request. If the file is not there, you can contact the Family Division of the county court where the divorce was granted.

    Death Records:

    The Office of Vital Statistics and Registry maintains records of deaths that have occurred in New Jersey starting at 1918. If you wish to obtain a certified copy of a death certificate, you will need to submit a completed application form, all required copies of ID for proof of identity, the appropriate fees, and copies of documents that prove your relationship to the person named on the record. The cost of a certified copy is $25 and each additional copy costs $2. For mailed requests, only a check or money order made payable to: Treasurer, State of New Jersey will be accepted. Requests can be submitted through mail. Processing time is typically 1-2 weeks. Online requests have a processing time of 1 week while walk-in requests are typically processed within 2 hours.

    Missing People:

    The Missing Persons Unit of the New Jersey State Police collects and maintains a centralized database of all missing persons reported in the state. You can search the database for information on a missing person or contact the unit at (609) 882-2000 ext 2554 or by email at missingp@gw.njsp.org.

    Elected Officials:

    The official state website of New Jersey provides links to the different branches of the government, starting with the Office of the Governor. If you wish to learn more about the elected officials in the state, you can click on the government branch you are interested in (i.e. judiciary, legislature) to get redirected to the correct website. You may also use the Find Your Legislator web application which allows you to search for legislators according to name or according to the area they are serving.

    Court Records

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    Recorder

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