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New Jersey Death Records

New Jersey death records are issued by the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry. They are only issued to people who can provide proof of their relationship to the deceased, since they are not part of the public record. Rather than ordering a copy of the record from government sources, you also have the option of going online and getting one from a website which will provide this information to paying customers.

Certified copies of these documents are issued after October 1, 2011, are printed on burgundy safety paper. Before that date, death records were issued on green safety paper.

Application for a New Jersey Death Record

When you are ordering a copy of the New Jersey death record, you must include the following information:

  • Copies of the required ID to establish proof of your identity
  • Correct fee for your order
  • Copies of documents which prove your relationship to the deceased

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A current driver’s license with photo or a driver’s license without photo and an alternate form of identification with your address must be provided to order a death record in New Jersey. If you don’t have a driver’s license, you can provide two alternate forms of identification instead; one of the forms of ID must show your address. Accepted forms of alternate ID are:

  • Registration for a vehicle
  • Auto insurance card
  • Voter registration
  • US or foreign passport
  • Permanent resident card
  • Federal or state ID
  • County ID
  • School ID
  • Bank statement (must be dated within the previous 90 days)
  • Utility bill (dated within the previous 90 days)
  • Tax return or W-9s for the current or previous tax year

You will also need to accurately identify the NJ death record you are requesting by providing the following information:

  • Full name on the death record
  • City where the individual died
  • Date of death (month, day and year)

Fees for New Jersey Death Records

The amount you would pay to order a death record in NJ varies, depending on whether you order it from the state office or the municipality. The fee charged by the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry is $25.00 to search for a death record and provide either one certified copy or a No Record Statement. Additional copies of the same death record cost $2.00 each.

If you are mailing your application to the state, you have the option of paying by check or money order made payable to “Treasurer, State of New Jersey.” Applications sent to the municipal office should be payable the municipality.

Processing Time for New Jersey Death Records

If you decide to order a New Jersey death record from the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, your request will be processed in 8-10 weeks. For faster service, consider placing your order with a commercial website which can provide New Jersey death records in a timely manner.