The Office of Vital Statistics is responsible for issuing Marriage/Civil Union Licenses, recording and maintaining records of Vital Statistics Events and issuing Certified Copies of Vital Records.
In the State of New Jersey, Vital Records are maintained BOTH at the Municipality where the event occurred AND at the State.
Vital Records document the following events:
- Domestic Partnership
- Civil Unions
- Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth
Marriage/Civil Union Licenses
The Township of Berkeley Heights issues licenses for couples where:
- At least one of the applicants is a resident of Berkeley Heights
- Neither applicant resides in New Jersey but the ceremony will take place in Berkeley Heights
Certified Copies of Vital Records
Legal copies of Vital Records (Birth Certificate, Marriage License, Death Certificate) are known as Certified Copies and can be requested from ether the Local Registrar in the Municipality or the State Office of Vital Statistics and Registry.
Please Note: New Jersey law protects and restricts the release of vital records. Vital records are NOT public records and cannot be searched online.
Certified Copies Requiring an Apostille Seal
If the copies are being presented to a foreign country that is part of the Hague Treaty, the copies need an Apostille Seal from the New Jersey Secretary of State. The Apostille Seal can only be applied to certified copies of vital records issued from the New Jersey State Office of Vital Statistics and Registry.
For more information on the Apostille Seal and Requesting a Certified Copy from the State of New Jersey, visit their website at: NJ Office of Vital Statistics