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An individual who has filed a completeapplication for a copy of a vital record can authorize another person to pickup the record on his or her behalf. To do so, the applicant should sign anotarized letter, stating the name of the person listed on the vital record andthe name of the individual who is picking up the record. The individual pickingup the record must present this letter along with an acceptable form ofidentification.
An ex-spouse can only obtain birth or deathrecords if the records are being obtained on behalf of a minor child that wasthe product of the marriage. Documentary proof of the minor child and the needfor the certificate must be provided.
Stepparents can only obtain a certified copy ofthe birth certificate of a stepchild with the authorization of the biologicalparent, unless the stepparent has adopted the child or has been granted custodyof the child.
An attorney can only obtain records on behalf ofa client. The attorney must show proof of being the legal representative of theclient and may only obtain the same type of copy of a vital record that theclient is eligible to receive. An attorney is not granted certified copies ofvital records solely on the basis of being an attorney.
Yes. However, if the foreign country is a memberof the Hague Treaty, the record must also contain an Apostille Seal. You cancontact the consulate of that country to determine if it is a member of theHague Treaty or obtain other specific requirements.
Certified copies of Vital Records issued by alocal Registrar CANNOT be used to obtain an Apostille Seal. You must purchase acopy of your vital record from the State of New Jersey Office of VitalStatistics and Registry and indicate on your application that it is needed forApostille Seal. You will receive a certified copy which you must forwardto the Department of Treasury requesting an Apostille Seal.
A No Match statement means the information youprovided does not exactly match a record on file. Verify the information youprovided. Submit a new application for the record with the correctedinformation. Your new application must include the required identification andfees.
A No Record statement means that there is norecord on file that corresponds to the information you provided. Verify theinformation you provided. If the information you originally gave is correct,you can request to file a delayed report be placed on file. More information ondelayed reports of birth can be found under the Birth Records portion of theFAQ’s, more information on delayed reports of marriage can be found under theMarriage Records portion of the FAQ’s.
No. Vital records require the raised seal of thelocal office of vital records or the Office of Vital Statistics and Registryseal to be considered valid. It is the administrative policy of the StateRegistrar that records are not faxed for any reason.
In order to be processed your application mustcontain all required items. To find the required information, you may wish tocheck census records, newspaper archives at the local library, the federalsocial security death index or hire an investigator. If after exhausting allalternatives you are still unable to supply the required items you will need toobtain a court order directing the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry toissue the copy.
Contact the State Department in Washington DC at (202) 955-0307.
Your record must be issued by the local officeof vital records where the birth occurred or the Office of Vital Statistics andRegistry and must contain a raised seal. Some entities require the document tohave been issued within the last two years. Complimentary copies issued by ahospital are not valid.
Since there are many unique circumstances toamending records it is suggested you contact this office for furtherinformation or the State of New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics &Registry - Record Modification Unit toll-free at 1-866-649-8726 extension 581.
Yes, within the State of New Jersey certifiedcopies are required to contain the raised seal of the issuing authority, eitherthe local office of vital records or the Office of Vital Statistics andRegistry.
Yes. In order to obtain this information youmust purchase a certified copy of your record. The time will be included on thebirth certificate only if the doctor recorded it. You should indicate on yourrequest that you wish the certified copy to show the time of birth.
Yes, but you willreceive a certification rather than a certified copy. A certification is anon-certified document, which contains limited information and states it is forinformational purposes only, not for identification or legal purposes.
Under our currentsystem, births are filed within three weeks of the completion of thecertificate by the hospital.
In order to request a delayed report of birth,you must first file an application requesting the birth certificate to ensurethe record is not on file. If no record is found, you will receive a No Recordstatement, which must be returned with a letter of request to place a delayedreport of birth on file. You will receive a questionnaire to complete so that amore detailed search can be completed. You will also need to providedocumentary proof that the birth took place. Documentary proof will be reviewedand a determination made. Please contact the Record Modification unit toll-freeat 1-866-649-8726 extension 581 for further information.
The application must be filed in the New Jerseymunicipality in which either applicant resides and the license is validthroughout the State. If neither applicant is a New Jersey resident, theapplication must be filed in the municipality where the ceremony will occur andthe license is valid ONLY in the issuing municipality.
No. Domestic partners who wish to enter into acivil union with the same partner do not need to terminate their domesticpartnership. Once they have entered into the civil union, their domesticpartnership automatically terminates, if it was originally registered in NewJersey. If it was registered outside New Jersey, the laws of that statewould determine the validity of the domestic partnership following the civilunion.
Yes. If thedomestic partnership with a different partner was not legally terminated, orwas not terminated by the death of the previous partner, you must terminate thedomestic partnership before entering into a civil union with someone else.
If your civil union meets the requirements ofthe state in which you registered, then it is recognized by the State of NewJersey.
No. You are not required to enter into acivil union in New Jersey. If your civil union or same-sex marriage meets therequirements of the state or country in which you registered, then it isrecognized by the State of New Jersey as a civil union. However, if you wish,you may also elect to enter into a civil union in New Jersey. In thatcase, you would file for a Reaffirmation of Civil Union License in New Jersey.
Yes. There is a 72-hour waiting periodbefore the license can be issued. The waiting period begins once theapplication has been filed by one or both applicants. A Superior Courtjudge can waive all or part of the 72-hour waiting period.
No. For a Reaffirmation of Civil UnionLicense, there is no waiting period, the license can be issued immediatelyafter the complete application has been filed.
Yes. It is recommended you check theInternet website for the particular Internet ministry to verify that theirministers are authorized to perform civil union ceremonies.
Public officialswho are authorized to perform marriages are authorized to perform civilunions. Public officials may choose whether or not to exercise thisauthority. However, if a public official agrees to perform marriages, heor she must agree to perform civil unions. If an official elects not toperform civil unions, he or she cannot perform marriages either. Publicofficials do have the right to exercise their authority only for residents oftheir municipality.
No. Members of the clergy are not coveredby the Law Against Discrimination and have the right to decline to performcivil unions.
Yes. TheRegistrar is required by law to accept for filing an application for a civilunion license so long as the application is provided to the Registrar of themunicipality in which either of the applicant’s reside or, if out of Stateresidents, in the municipality in which the ceremony will occur.
Yes. However, please note that the federalgovernment does not recognize civil unions. You may choose to consult anattorney to legally establish a name change.
Yes. You can create or edit vows. Inyour vows, you may refer to each other using any terms you prefer, includingwife, spouse, lover, or life mate, and you may refer to the ceremony as amarriage. However, when the ceremony is completed, you are legallyentered into a civil union and considered a civil union couple.
No, you must contact the state or country inwhich the death occurred.
Request a long form copy of the deathcertificate, which will have the burial location. Then you can contact thatentity for more information.
Yes. Your domestic partnership is stillvalid as it was entered into under the law in place at the time. However,you continue to have only the rights afforded to domestic partners and not thefull rights of married couples as are given to civil union couples.
No. There is no basis to recognize theassumption of the partner’s last name. A legal name change must be filed withthe courts and an original copy of the final judgment presented to the Officeof Vital Statistics and Registry.
Yes. As of February 19, 2007, domesticpartnerships can only be established by couples 62 years of age or older,regardless of whether they are a same-sex or opposite-sex couple.
No. Domestic partners who wish to enterinto a civil union with the same person do not need to terminate their domesticpartnership. Once they have entered into the civil union, their domesticpartnership will automatically terminate if it was registered in New Jersey. Ifit was registered outside New Jersey, the laws of that state would determinethe validity of the domestic partnership following the civil union.
Yes. If the domestic partnership with adifferent partner was not legally terminated, or was not terminated by thedeath of the previous partner, you must terminate the domestic partnershipbefore entering into a civil union with someone else.
Information regarding benefits can be found atthe https://nj.gov/treasury/pensions/.
No. Just as with opposite-sex couples, so longas your out-of-state marriage is consistent with the laws and public policy ofNew Jersey, your marriage is valid and recognized in this State and you willnot need to enter into a New Jersey marriage.
No. You must contact the state or country inwhich you were married.
Each judge of the United States Court of Appealsfor the Third Circuit, each judge of the federal district court, United Statesmagistrate, judge of a municipal court, judge of the Superior Court, judge of atax court, retired judge of the Superior Court or Tax Court, or judge of the SuperiorCourt or Tax Court, the former County Court, the former County Juvenile andDomestic Relations Court, or the former County District Court who has resignedin good standing, surrogate of any county, county clerk and any mayor or formermayor not currently serving on the municipal governing body or the deputy mayorwhen authorized by the mayor, or chairman of any township committee or villagepresident of this State, and every minister of every religion, are herebyauthorized to solemnize marriages or civil unions between such persons as maylawfully enter into the matrimonial relation or civil union; and everyreligious society, institution or organization in this State may join togetherin marriage or civil union such persons according to the rules and customs ofthe society, institution or organization. A civil celebrant shall be authorizedto solemnize marriages or civil unions if certified by the Secretary of State.
Yes. It is recommended you check the Internetwebsite for the particular Internet ministry to verify that their ministers areauthorized to perform marriage ceremonies.
No. Just as withopposite-sex couples, so long as your out-of-state marriage is consistent withthe laws and public policy of New Jersey, your marriage is valid and recognizedin this State and you will not need to enter into a New Jersey marriage.
No. Your domestic partnership will remain intactand will still be on file with the local municipality where the ceremony wasperformed or the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry after you enter intomarriage with your domestic partner.
You will not have to dissolve your civil unionin order to enter into marriage so long as you are marrying your current civilunion partner. However, if you wish to marry someone other than yourcivil union partner, then you must have your civil union dissolved before youcan enter into marriage with someone else.
Civil unions remain valid. Your civilunion will remain intact and will still be on file with the local municipalitywhere the ceremony was performed or the Office of Vital Statistics and Registryafter you enter into marriage with your civil union partner.
Civil Unions will not automatically convert tomarriages. Civil unions remain valid and couples may continue to enter intocivil unions if those so choose. A civil union couple will have to applyfor and receive a marriage license and thereafter engage in a marriage ceremonyin order to receive a marriage certificate.
Yes. TheCivil Union Act remains in full force and effect.
The couple would be entering into aremarriage. Any couple married outside of the State that wishes to renewtheir marriage commitment in New Jersey may do so by applying for and receivinga remarriage license and thereafter engage in a remarriage ceremony, as setforth at N.J.S.A. 37:1-7. The 72 hour waiting period does not apply toremarriages.
Yes. All individuals, including those already ina civil union, who apply for marriage licenses must comply with the 72 hourwaiting period unless a New Jersey Superior Court Judge enters an order waivingthe wait period due to emergency circumstances.
Couples who are currently in a civil union andhave not entered in a valid marriage outside of this State must apply for amarriage license, not a remarriage license, and must wait 72 hours beforereceiving their marriage license.