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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 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 - 7.44||Hudson County - 15.31|
|Sussex County - 8.28||Ocean County - 14.46|
|Warren County - 8.99||Passaic County - 13.47|
|Morris County - 9.30||Essex County - 13.10|
|Monmouth County - 9.52||Camden 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:
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.