New Jersey Birth Records Search

The New Jersey State Department of Health collects, maintains and issues 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, 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 New Jersey 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.

New Jersey Population

New Jersey’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, New Jersey 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
Pennsylvania - 10.51Idaho - 13.70
Maine - 9.84California - 12.30
Florida - 10.28Indiana - 12.17
New Hampshire - 9.11Oklahoma - 13.53
Vermont - 9.35South Dakota - 14.32

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
Sussex County - 8.28Hudson County - 15.31
Warren County - 8.99Ocean County - 14.46
Morris County - 9.30Passaic County - 13.47
Monmouth County - 9.52Essex County - 13.10
Gloucester County - 9.70Camden County - 12.20

New Jersey Fertility Rate

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 - 90.73, Cumberland - 67.25 and Passaic - 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
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 and 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 has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the New Jersey Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.