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New Jersey Public RecordsThe state of New Jersey boasts a long and illustrious history, first inhabited in the 17th century by Dutch and English immigrants and playing a key role as one of the 13 Original Colonies during the Revolutionary War.  With centuries of history and many notable Americans calling this state home, New Jersey public records provide tremendous insight for researchers.  The key to finding public records in New Jersey is knowing where to look. These documents may be stored at various government offices, depending on the sort of records you are looking for and the year in which the event took place. By learning where to find birth, death, marriage and divorce records in New Jersey, you can successfully find a wealth of information on the people who lived and died in this state. Researchers looking for archival information will also find abundant resources through departments within the New Jersey state government offices.

When launching a New Jersey public records search, keep these tips in mind:

  • New Jersey restricts access to certified copies of some public records in the state.
  • Most recent vital records can be found through the New Jersey Department of Health.
  • Some New Jersey public records are categorized by genealogical and non-genealogical records.
  • The New Jersey Department of State holds many of the archived records for the state.
  • Public records in New Jersey can be accessed in person, by mail or online.
  • Who can Conduct a New Jersey Public Records Search?

    While New Jersey free public records can be accessed by any member of the general public, access to certified copies of some documents is restricted for the protection of New Jersey residents who are on those documents. Certified copies of New Jersey birth records can be used as official identification, and certified copies of death records include personal medical information like the cause of death.

    For this reason, certified copies of these vital records in New Jersey can only be obtained by the subject on the record, a parent or legal guardian of the subject, a spouse, child, grandchild or sibling of the subject, or a legal representative of any of these parties. Copies can also be obtained by court order or by a bank or insurance company that requires the document to conduct official business on behalf of the subject (usually in the case of death certificates).

    New Jersey Public Records Locations

    The New Jersey Department of Health is an effective place to begin a public records search in New Jersey.  This agency holds many of the birth, death, marriage and divorce records for the state. Specifically, the department has birth, marriage and death records that date back to 1901, domestic partnership records to 2004 and civil unions to 2007. The Department of Health offers both certified copies and certifications of these New Jersey vital records, with certified copies falling under the restrictions listed above. Individuals that require an Apostille Seal (official seal required for presenting documents to foreign governments) will need to contact the New Jersey Department of Treasury for this additional step.

    The New Jersey Department of Health breaks its public records into two categories: genealogical and non-genealogical records. Genealogical records are those dating back more than 80 years, while non-genealogical records date from 80 years past to the present. Additional genealogical records can be found at the New Jersey Department of State, including marriage and death records dating back to the 19th century, military records and census records. Even some records relating to slaves and colonial deeds can be located through this government office.

    New Jersey Public Records Online

    To make an online New Jersey public records search as fast and easy as possible, some of the records are now available online. The New Jersey Department of Health does not offer online access to documents directly, but does partner with VitalChek to provide online services to interested parties. There is an additional fee for using the VitalChek service, as well as the fee to obtain copies of documents. However, searches can be performed quickly and privately, right from the comfort of home.



     
    State of New Jersey Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    8,661,682

     
    Under 18:
    2,789,063

     
    Over 65:
    1,636,134

     
    Employed:
    5,577,114

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    7,417.34

     
    Acres of Farms:
    805,682

     
    Births:
    113,776

     
    Deaths:
    71,963

     
    Infant Deaths:
    595

     
     
    Murder:
    376

     
    Forcible Rape:
    1,122

     
    Robbery:
    12,701

     
    Assault:
    14,152

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    28,351

     
    Burglary:
    40,401

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    138,545

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    20,180

     
    Total Property Crime:
    199,126

     
    New Jersey Public Records Locations
    New Jersey State Police
    CJRB - Traffic
    PO Box 7068
    West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068
    Phone:
    609-882-2000 Ext. 2280










    Attorney General's Office
    Law & Public Safety Department
    PO Box 080, 25 Market St
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0080
     
    609-292-4925

    Fax:
    609-292-3508










     
    Department of Health & Senior Svcs
    Bureau of Vital Statistics
    PO Box 370
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0370
    Phone:
    609-292-4087

     
    866-649-8726

    Fax:
    609-392-4292










    Division of Revenue
    Records Unit
    PO 450
    Trenton, NJ 08646
    Phone:
    609-292-9292

    Fax:
    609-984-6855










     
    Division of State Police
    Records and Identification Section
    PO Box 7068
    West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068
    Phone:
    609-882-2000 Ext. 2991

    Fax:
    609-530-5780










    Department of Health & Senior Svcs
    Bureau of Vital Statistics
    PO Box 370
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0370
    Phone:
    609-292-4087

     
    866-649-8726

    Fax:
    609-392-4292










     
    Clerk of Superior Court
    Records Center
    PO Box 967
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0967
    Phone:
    609-777-0092

    Fax:
    609-777-0094










    Motor Vehicle Commission
    Driver History Abstract Unit
    PO Box 142
    Trenton, NJ 08666
    Phone:
    609-984-7771










     
    GED Testing Program
    Dept. of Education - Bureau Adult Ed. & Literacy
    PO Box 500
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
    Phone:
    609-777-1050

    Fax:
    609-984-0573










    Governor's Office
    PO Box 001, 125 W State St
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0001
    Phone:
    609-292-6000

    Fax:
    609-292-3454










     
    New Jersey Department of Corrections
    Central Reception & Assignment Facility
    PO Box 7450
    Trenton, NJ 08628
    Phone:
    609-777-5753

     
    609-984-2695

    Fax:
    609-777-8369










    New Jersey State Legislature
    State House Annex
    PO Box 068, Room B01
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0068
    Phone:
    609-292-4840

    Fax:
    609-777-2440










     
    Department of Health & Senior Svcs
    Bureau of Vital Statistics
    PO Box 370
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0370
    Phone:
    609-292-4087

     
    866-649-8726

    Fax:
    609-392-4292










    Division of State Police
    Sexual Offender Registry
    PO Box 7068
    West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068
    Phone:
    609-882-2000 Ext. 2886

    Fax:
    609-538-0544










     
    New Jersey State Archives
    PO Box 307, 225 W. State Street, L2
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0307
    Fax:
    609-396-2454

    Records:
    MANAGEMENT/ADMIN609-530-3200










    Administrative Office of Courts
    RJH Justice Complex, 7th Fl
    PO Box 037
    Trenton, NJ 08625
    Phone:
    609-984-0275

    Fax:
    609-984-6968










     
    UCC Section
    Certification and Status Unit
    PO Box 303
    Trenton, NJ 08646
    Phone:
    609-292-9292

    Fax:
    609-984-6883










    Motor Vehicle Commission
    Office of Communication
    PO Box 176
    Trenton, NJ 08666
    Phone:
    609-292-6500










     
    Labor Department
    Division of Workers Compensation
    PO Box 381
    Trenton, NJ 08625-0381
    Phone:
    609-292-6026

    Fax:
    609-984-2515