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Vital Statistics

The Office of Vital Statistics registers vital events that occur in the City of Newark and maintains the following vital records:

Birth - starting at 1924 (current month)
Death
Marriage
Civil Unions
Domestic Partnership

For Information about historical vital records, 100 years or older, visit the State Archives web page or call 609-292-6260

Filing a Correction

Corrections are processed Mon. - Fri., 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM. For additional information and fees for filing a correction, you may contact us at (973) 733-6510.

Divorce Decrees

New Jersey Divorce Decrees are available through the Superior Court of NJ Records Center for year 2013 and prior. For more information on obtaining a certified copy of a divorce decree, call The Records Center at 609-421-6100. You can also visit their website at https://www.njcourts.gov/courts/superior/divorce.html?lang=eng

For Divorce Decrees that are not housed at the RIC in Trenton, years 2014 to current, contact the Family Division of the County in which the divorce took place.  For Essex County call 973-776-9031 or visit their website at www.nj.courts.gov/public/conferences

CERTIFICATE COST:

$25 for initial copy, $4 each additional copy of same record

We now accept all debit and credit cards, cashier's check, and money orders
Certified check or money order payable to: “City of Newark"

The Office of Vital Statistics offers 3 Convenient ways to apply for a copy of a Vital Record.

WALK-IN 

Processing Time: Same Day Issuance
Newark Vital Statistics
394 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
973-733-6510
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m

Downloadable Application

  • If your current address does not match the address on your valid ID please see certificate requirements for additional proof of address.
  • If the surname on your ID does not match the surname on the record you are requesting, you must provide certified documentation as to where that name comes from (eg legal name change, marriage, civil union).

MAIL-IN 

Processing Time:
Regular Mail: up to 4 weeks
Expedited Mail: (USPS ONLY) 7-10 business days

*In order to receive expedited service, you must Express mail your request to us and provide an Express mail return envelope with postage paid

Downloadable Application

You must include a self-addressed stamped return envelope (Address MUST match your Photo ID)

ONLINE 

Processing Time:

Regular Mail up to 3 weeks
Expedited Mail (USPS ONLY): 5-7 business days

  • If your current address does not match the address on your valid ID please see certificate requirements for additional proof of address.
  • If the surname on your ID does not match the surname on the record you are requesting, you must provide certified documentation as to where that name comes from (eg legal name change, marriage, civil union).
  • Please Note: The Express mail fee does not expedite the processing of the order, but it will shorten the length of time it takes to reach you once your order has been processed.  Incomplete applications and missing information will delay your processing time.
  • Due to the high volume of online requests, our processing times may be longer.
  • Online orders will be shipped via selected method. Online orders are not available for in person pick up.
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