New Jersey Birth Records


New Jersey has been maintaining birth records since May 1848, when the state passed a law making it mandatory to record vital events such as births.

Records from 1848-1900 are available from the
NJ State Archives & Record Management, and they also have births from 1901-1940 on microfiche there.

New Jersey is a closed record state, which means that certified copies can only be requested by the person named on the certificate, as well as their immediate family members (including spouse) and lawyers representing them. Birth records never become public in New Jersey.

New Jersey Vital Records Office

The office that handles birth records from 1901-2024 for the entire state of New Jersey is The Department of Health & Human Services, where they provide birth records, marriage records, divorce records, and death records.

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