New Jersey Birth Records Search

The New Jersey State Department of Health collects, maintains and issues NJ birth records for the state. They have been keeping them since 1918.

To request a New Jersey birth records search, you must first fill out an application. You will need the following information: your name, address, phone, and email address, the full name of the child on the birth record, place of birth, date of birth, mother's full name, father's full name, the reason for the request.

Only the following people are eligible to get a copy of your record:

  • You, if you are 18 or older.
  • Your parents.
  • Your legal guardian.
  • Your legal representative.
  • Your spouse.
  • A state or federal agency.
  • A court order.

If you are not the person named in the New Jersey birth record, you must provide your identification and also prove your relationship to the person.

Types of NJ Birth Records

You can purchase one of three types of New Jersey birth records.

  1. Certified Copies - are printed on special safety paper with a raised seal and are legal documents verifying your identity. You can use them to get a driver’s license, passport, apply to school or the military.
  2. Certifications - are simple informational-only copies printed on plain paper. These are not legal documents and cannot be used to establish your identity or to apply for any government issued ID. This type is often used for genealogy.
  3. An Apostille Seal - if you need an Apostille seal for a birth record that is to be issued to a foreign government, you can request one. You must first get a certified copy and then have the seal applied to it.

State Population

The state’s current population is estimated at 9.03 million extrapolated from the 2010 census. It has an annual growth rate of 0.41%, making them 37th in the nation. With a landmass of 8,721 square miles, it is the 47th largest state in the country. It is the most densely populated state in the U.S. with a whopping 1,195.5 people per square mile. Ironically though, only four cities have more than 100,000 people residing in them.

The state was one of the original 13 states and has more scientist and engineers per square mile than any other place on earth.

State Population
1 birth every 308 seconds

1 death every 462 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in New Jersey. The total population of New Jersey is estimated at 8,978,416 people with 4,381,631 male and 4,596,785 female. There are 215,154 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.20% of the total population.

The New Jersey Gender Ratio is 95 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.95. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

New Jersey Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 10.92 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 102,647 total births — the lowest in New Jersey history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 102,647, 2.60% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than New Jersey

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than New Jersey Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than New Jersey
Vermont - 9.35South Dakota - 14.32
Florida - 10.28North Dakota - 15.04
Rhode Island - 9.04Kentucky - 13.09
Maine - 9.84Oklahoma - 13.53
Connecticut - 9.29Utah - 16.47

Top 5 Counties in New Jersey with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in New Jersey with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in New Jersey with the highest birth rate
Hunterdon County - 7.44Hudson County - 15.31
Sussex County - 8.28Ocean County - 14.46
Warren County - 8.99Passaic County - 13.47
Morris County - 9.30Essex County - 13.10
Monmouth County - 9.52Camden County - 12.20

Fertility Rate in NJ

In New Jersey the fertility rate based on historical data went from 60.99 to 58.76 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 60.12 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 29.43 to 30.23.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of New Jersey are Ocean County - 90.73, Cumberland County - 67.25 and Passaic County - 66.81. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Hudson County65.55
Essex County63.25
Camden County62.4
Union County62.02
Mercer County57.25
Atlantic County56.77
Middlesex County55.09
Burlington County54.9
Monmouth County54.78
Bergen County54.21
Somerset County53.31
Morris County52.09
Warren County52.07
Gloucester County51.22
Sussex County49.44
Hunterdon County46.69

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a New Jersey Birth Certificate

You can request a New Jersey birth record search online through VitalCheck or get a copy of your birth certificate easily by visiting any local vital records office, or you can get one directly from the Department of Health. Wait times are usually 2 hours or less.

If you want to order by mail, send your paperwork to New Jersey Department of Health, Vital Statistics, and Registry, PO Box 370, Trenton, NJ 08625-0370, You must also pay a $25 fee for the first copy and $2 for each additional copy. Make checks and money orders payable to Treasurer, State of NJ.

New Jersey Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $10.00 to $15.00
Organization: Office of Vital Statistics & Registry; NJ Department of Health
Address:P.O. Box 370, Trenton, NJ 08625-0370
Remarks: The State Office of Vital Statistics and Registry maintains records from 1916 to present. For older records, please see information for the State Archives. All requests must include a copy of the requestor's valid identification, payment of the appropriate fee and proof of relationship to the individual listed on the vital record. A State or local Registrar may issue a certified copy of a vital record only to persons who establish themselves as the subject of the vital record, the subject's parent, legal guardian or legal representative, spouse, child, grandchild or sibling, if of legal age, to a State or Federal agency for official purposes, pursuant to court order or under other emergent circumstances as determined by the Commissioner. All other applicants will be issued a Certification that state the document is not for identification or legal purposes. Event: Genealogical Birth, Marriage, or Death Cost of copy: $10.00 to $15.00 Address: Office of Vital Statistics & Registry NJ Department of Health P.O. Box 370 Trenton, NJ 08625-0370 Remarks: The New Jersey State Archives holds original birth, marriage, and death records from the period May 1, 1848 to December 31, 1914. The New Jersey State Archives also holds microfilm copies of: birth records 1848-1914; marriage records 1848-1914; and death records 1848-1914. These materials are available for in-person use only. Personal check or money order should be made payable to New Jersey General Treasury. The general information telephone number is (609) 984-1050. Please reference our website for more information..