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States health department processing time

Each State Health department has it own processing validation process. The identification documents and who is able to obtain the records will vary from state to state.

Each Health department requires a mandatory state fee to be paid by the applicant.

1. Please select the state where you are requesting the record from:

2. New Jersey application process

2.1 Identification process in New Jersey

The Health Department of New Jersey requires applicants, once they have completed and signed the application form, to prove their identity by including a photocopy of their ID.

Acceptable document of identification are:

Provide one (1) of the following identification documents:

  • Photo driver's license
OR

Provide two (2) of the following identification documents:

  • Vehicle registration
  • Voter Registration
  • Us/Foreign Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card (green card)
  • Form I-94 - accompanied by the applicant's Visa
  • State Id
  • School Identification Card
  • Utility bills
  • Bank Statement
  • W-2
  • Income tax return

2.2 Who may apply for birth or death certificate?

Please see the following list of person authorized to order a vital record:

Birth
  • Person on records
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Sibling
  • Spouse
  • Grand child
  • Legal guardian
Death
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Sibling
  • Spouse
  • Grand child
  • Legal guardian

Please note: If you can provide documentation of legal interest, or if you are holding a Power of Attorney from the person on record, you are eligible to request the vital record for that person.

2.3 How long will birth certificate delivery take?

It will take about 4 to 8 business weeks to get your certificate. The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

2.4 How long will death certificate delivery take?

It will take about 4 to 8 business weeks to get your certificate. The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.