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Death Records in New Jersey

In New Jersey, death records are available from the state and from the local registrars of the municipality where the death occurred. Records from 1878 to the present are available at the State Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration. Records between the years of 1848 to 1877 are available from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Archives and Records Management. Death records are also available at local registrar’s offices.

Individuals who are permitted to request a copy of a death certificate:

• Legal representative of the estate of the individual named on the death certificate.
• Immediate and extended family members including spouse, son, daughter, mother, father, brother, half brother, sister, half sister, grandparent/great grandparent (maternal or paternal), grandchild, great grandchild, stepparent, stepson, or stepdaughter. Additional information may be required from extended family members and legal representatives.
• Applicant must be at least eighteen years of age.

Basic information to be included with requests for birth certificates:

• Full name of the person named on the death certificate.
• Date of death. If the exact date of death is unknown, an additional fee may be charged for retrieval of the information.
• County and city of death.
• Gender of the individual named on the death certificate.
• Parents’ names. Mother’s name must include her maiden name.
• Social security number of the individual named on the death certificate.
• Funeral director.
• Relationship to the person whose name is on the death certificate.
• Reason for the request for an official copy of the death certificate.
• Applicant’s signature.
• Applicant’s daytime telephone number. This includes the area code.
• Applicant’s mailing address.
• Items for which you do not know the correct response should be filled in with the word “unknown.”

Fees associated with acquiring a copy of an official death certificate from the New Jersey State Bureau of Vital Statistics:

• A $25.00 fee per copy for civilians. This fee covers the initial search and either one copy or a statement indicating that no record was found.
• Additional copies of the same record are $2.00 each.
• Each additional year that must be searched when the year of death is unknown is $1.00 per year.
• Fees at the local municipal offices vary and that office must be contacted directly to acquire the amount of the fee.

Three different methods are available to obtain a copy of a death certificate: postal mail, in person, and online. However, it is important to note that genealogical requests can only be made through postal mail.

How to Apply for Certified Copied of Death Certificates Online

To submit a request for a death certificate in New Jersey, access the following link:

In addition to the regular fee, a convenience fee of $10.95 will be charged. All payment must be made with a credit card. Online services are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

How to Apply for Certified Copied of Death Certificates by Postal Mail

A postal mail application to request an official copy of a death certificate can be obtained at the following link: http://www.state.nj.us/health/forms/reg-3.pdf.

Send the completed form with signature, a legible copy of a government issued photo identification card, and payment information to the following address:

New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration
Attn: Customer Service Unit
PO Box 370
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0370

Express shipping applications should be sent to the following address:

New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration
Attn: Customer Service Unit
H & A Bldg, 5th floor
Warren and Market Streets
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

Acceptable forms of identification include a state issued driver’s license or non-driver photo identification card that includes the current address. Payment must be in the form of check or money order made out to Treasurer, State of New Jersey.

Non-genealogical requests usually take between six to eight weeks. Genealogical requests usually take between twelve and fourteen weeks.

How to Apply for Certified Copied of Death Certificates in Person

To request a copy of a death certificate in New Jersey, you must visit the registration walk-in counter at the following location:

Bureau of Vital Statistics
120 South Stockton Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0307

The office is on the side of the Motor Vehicle Commission Building. The contact telephone number for this office is: 609-292-4087.

You will need a completed application form. This can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.state.nj.us/health/forms/reg-3.pdf or you can acquire one at the counter. A legible copy of a government issued photo identification card is required. Acceptable forms of identification include a state issued driver’s license or non-driver photo identification card that includes the current address.

Office hours are between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. State holidays are excluded. Same day service is available if the requestor turns in the paperwork before 2:00 p.m. and can return for pick up prior to 4:30 p.m. that day. If you drop the paperwork off after 4:00 p.m., you can have the record mailed to you the next business day.

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