About Vital Statistics and Registry

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the New Jersey Department of Health’s Vital Records Walk-in Center located at 140 E Front Street in Trenton is currently open for drop-off applications ONLY. You may not receive the requested vital record the same day. If not, the record will be mailed to you. The processing time is approximately 14 days. Customers may still place orders for vital records by sending requests online, via mail, or our *NEW* over the phone process through VitalChek by calling 877-622-7549.

 

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

  • Birth records starting at 1921
  • Marriage records starting at 1931
  • Death records starting at 1931
  • 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 historical vital records from visit the State Archives web page. The Archives maintains copies of births from 1921-1923, marriages from 1931-1948 and deaths from 1931-1960. 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.

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

Last Reviewed: 10/29/2021