Order your New Jersey (NJ) Birth Certificate Online

Order your New Jersey (NJ) Birth Certificate online in a few simple steps. You can order a certified copy of your vital records in minutes and avoid long lines and government offices.

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Order your birth certificate by completing the application form in just 5 minutes and avoid long lines and government offices.
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Receive your mistake-free revised application and all the documents to mail your application and get your certificate.
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Once you submit your application you will get your birth certificate delivered to your home.

New Jersey Birth Certificate Replacement

Your birth certificate is an important legal document that allows you to apply for a passport, driver’s license, social security card, and more. Applying for a New Jersey birth certificate online will take you a few minutes. You simply need to follow our personalized instructions. Your birth records will be issued by the vital records office and delivered to your home.

Birth records and all other vital records in New Jersey are kept by the New Jersey Department of Health Vital Statistics and Registry.

Vital records kept by the Department of Health of New Jersey are as follows:

  • Birth, marriage and death records starting at 1919
  • 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

If you were born in New Jersey, your birth certificate will be issued by the New Jersey Department of Health.

If your birth certificate was lost, destroyed, damaged or stolen you will need to request a New Jersey Birth Certificate Replacement. By using our online service, you can avoid going to a vital records office or agency in person. You are now able to fill out your Birth Certificate application in a matter of minutes.

However, before you request your birth certificate, you need to know that there are two types of birth certificates available.

  • A certified or authorized copy of a birth certificate - it will have the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, as well as the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office. This authorized copy can be used for several purposes.
  • An informational copy of a birth certificate - informational copies have the following words imprinted across the face of the copy: "Informational, not a valid document to establish identity."

The authorized copy is the one you will need to enroll at school, get married, apply for a passport, get your social security card, and more. The informational copy is usually used for health or research purposes. Bear in mind that you cannot prove your identity with an informational copy.

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How to Get My Birth Certificate from New Jersey

If you need to get a copy of your birth certificate from the New Jersey Department of Health, you need to follow a few simple steps. By ordering your birth certificate online you avoid having to go to a vital records office in person, and will also get your copy or copies delivered at home.

The New Jersey Department of Health issues informational and authorized copies that date back to 1919. To get your certificate, you need to complete the online application with these details:

  • Last name (as it would appear on the certificate)
  • First name
  • Sex
  • Exact date of birth
  • Why do you need the certificate
  • Your mother’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage
  • Your father’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage

After you have completed the application, you simply need to print it, sign it, and mail it to the New Jersey Department of Health along with a copy of a valid photo ID, and the payment for each copy of the certificate you need to request.

Any of the following photo IDs will be accepted by the New Jersey Department of Health, as long as it is still valid:

  • Driver’s License or non-driver’s ID from any state or U.S. territory
  • Public benefit card
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • U.S. certificate of naturalization
  • Military ID card
  • Employee ID with photo, verifiable employer and recent pay stub
  • MTA reduced-fare Metro Card
  • Student ID and current transcript from accredited and verifiable institution
  • Inmate photo ID with release papers

Please note that as of October 1st, 2021, U.S. citizens and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driving license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. Requirements to obtain a REAL ID may include proof of identity, such as a certified copy of the birth certificate.

Who can request a birth certificate

If you need an authorized copy of your certificate, you need to be one of the following eligible people:

  • The certificate holder, a parent or legal guardian of the certificate holder.
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the certificate holder.
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record.
  • An attorney representing the certificate holder or the certificate holder’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the certificate holder or the certificate holder's estate.

At this time, the U.S. Department of State, which issues passports, does not accept birth certificates issued by the Jersey City/Hudson County Office of Vital Statistics. To apply for a U.S. passport, it is necessary to obtain an authorized copy of your birth certificate from the New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics and Registry.

In the case that you have to get your driver’s license, apply for a passport, get married, register for school, you will need a certified copy of your birth certificate.

Remember that what differentiates this type of birth certificate copy is the official state registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored Seal of New Jersey, the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office.

All those born in the state of New Jersey that need to request a certified copy of their birth certificate will need to include a clear photocopy of both sides of one of the forms of photo ID listed below along with a completed application form:

  • State of New Jersey Driver’s License with current address
  • State of New Jersey ID Card with current address
  • Driver’s license issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territoryState-issued with current address
  • Photo State Identification Card issued by another U.S. State, jurisdiction or territory with current address

Once your application package is completed you will need to mail it to:

Mailing Address:
New Jersey Department of Health
Vital Statistics and Registry
PO Box 370

Trenton, NJ 08625-0370
Walk-In Service Only:
Office of Vital Statistics and Registry
140 East Front Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

Birth Certificate Apostille Seal

The Apostille Seal is a seal that will be required if you need to present your vital records to a foreign government that is a member of the Hague Treaty. The seal is frequently required on documents for international adoptions or to establish dual citizenship.

Before you get an apostille seal, you will first need to get an authorized copy of the birth certificate. When filing the application, you need to indicate that you will need an apostille seal. After submitting the application, you will receive an authorized copy of your birth certificate with the signature of the State Registrar or Assistant/Deputy State Registrar. Once you’ve received your authorized copy, you must forward it to the New Jersey Department of Treasury, which issues the Apostille Seal.

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New Jersey Birth Certificate cost

Getting an authorized copy of a New Jersey birth certificate carries a cost. In New Jersey, the fee of the birth certificate copy is of $25, each additional copy also costs $2.

New Jersey Birth Certificate processing times

Once your birth certificate application is processed, you will receive it in the comfort of your own home by mail. In the majority of cases birth certificate orders in New Jersey are filled within 6-8 weeks. However, some orders may take longer due to peak request periods.

We recommend requesting certified copies of New Jersey birth certificates early to avoid delays especially if certificates are needed for sports programs, travel documents and passports, school enrollment, planning for retirement and other reasons that may have a deadline.

New Jersey Vital Records offices

The following is a complete list of Vital Records and Health offices who can provide Birth Certificate copies. Keep in mind that county offices may not be near you, but they can sometimes process the requests faster.

FAQs about New Jersey Birth Certificates

  • How to get a my birth certificate from New Jersey?

    To get a certified copy of an NJ birth certificate, you must:

    • Complete an online birth certificate application for NJ (click button to fill out)
    • After our experts revise your non-genealogical form to ensure it is mistake-free, pack printed, signed form with a copy of a government-issued photo ID to prove your identity (see list of acceptable documents above) and the exact state fee
    • You can submit the birth certificate application package by mail (to avoid a visit to the vital records office) or in-person (although this usually involves waiting in line).
  • How long does it take to get a birth certificate in NJ?

    Obtaining a certified copy of a birth certificate in New Jersey takes 6-8 weeks to process. Unfortunately, rush service is not available at this time, though expedited shipping, once your request has been processed, is.

    Having our experts review your form before you submit it ensures your birth certificate is issued on the first try. That way, you can be certain it is mistake-free, and your request won't be rejected.

    Once our team has revised your birth certificate application form, you can submit it in person at the vital records office if you need same-day service. However, this usually requires waiting in line.

  • How much does it cost to get a birth certificate from New Jersey?

    Applying for a certified copy of a birth certificate in New Jersey implies paying for the state fees.

    Additional costs are applicable if expedited delivery is required.

    It is best practice to order more than one copy of a birth certificate to keep on file for your own records or future use.

    The New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics and Registry charges $25 for the first certified copy of a birth certificate and $2 for each additional copy of the same document ordered within the same form.

  • How to apostille a birth certificate from New Jersey?

    Obtaining an Apostille to use a New Jersey birth certificate abroad is simple:

    1. Order a certified copy of the NJ birth certificate by filling out the form above. Our experts will review your form to ensure it is error-free so you can have the document issued on the first try
    2. Once the document is delivered to your door, fill out the online form to request the Apostille for your birth certificate. You can post the request along with the birth certificate and the appropriate fees or drop them off
    3. The New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services will issue and sign the Apostille
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