* IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
If your current legal name is different from the name on your civil birth certificate (e.g., your
maiden name), then you must show legal proof of the name change. Legal proof = Certified marriage or
civil union certificate, divorce decree or court order linking the new name with a previous
Note: A divorce decree may be used as
authority to resume using a previous name only if it contains the new name and the previous name and
permits a return to use of the previous name.
Certain documents may require proof of legal US presence.
All documents must be ORIGINAL or CERTIFIED COPIES, in English, and have the required state and/or
Certified copies of New Jersey records are available from the municipality that originally issued them
and from the State Bureau of Vital Statistics at www.nj.gov/health/vital or (609) 292-4087. If your birth certificate is from
Jersey City/Hudson County you must check www.nj.gov/health/vital/jerseycity or
call (609) 292-6500.