Birth Parents Can Opt To Remain Anonymous
Before Adult Adoptees Gain Access to Birth, Family History


Vital RecordsImplementing a new approach to adoption records, the Department of Health is launching the first phase of a process designed to offer adult adoptees access to birth and medical history on file in New Jersey while allowing birth parents to notify the Department of Health of contact preferences or requests for name redactions from birth certificates prior to their release. These records had previously been sealed in New Jersey.

Birth parents who placed children for adoption may now obtain forms from the Health Department to request name redactions. They may also complete family history and contact preference forms, which can be changed at any time and offer options of direct contact, contact through an intermediary, or no contact at this time.

Birth parents who choose to maintain their privacy by having identifying information redacted must submit this request by December 31, 2016 to ensure their privacy will be maintained.

Amendments to the Vital Statistics Law offer opportunities for adult adoptees to obtain uncertified copies of their original birth certificates and for birth parents to identify family medical conditions and opt to have their names redacted from these documents.

Access to Electronic Forms for Birth Parents

A birth parent must submit a completed Family History Information form, including medical, cultural and social history, in order for the contact preference form to be accepted by the State Registrar.

  • New Records System For Birth Parents
  • Department Link to Documents
    New Records System for Birth Parents Forms
    • Forms Package [REG-36]
      Form A, Contact Preference,
      Form B, Family History Information, and
      Form C, Redaction Request

    • Form A, Contact Preference Form [REG-36A]

    • Form B, Family History Information Form [REG-36B]

    • Form C, Redaction Request Form [REG-36C]
Access to Original Birth Certificate for Adult Adoptees

Beginning January 2017, authorized individuals may obtain an uncertified copy of an adoptee’s original birth certificate without obtaining a Superior Court Order. The application and instructions below are to be used to make that request. Applications and payment can be submitted prior to January 2017, however, no records will be released until the law’s effective date of January 2017.

Application for an uncertified copy of an adopted person’s original birth certificate [REG-41]


Last Reviewed: 5/24/2016