95 W. Veterans Hwy, Jackson, NJ 08527 Tel # 732-928-1200

VITAL STATISTICS/REGISTRAR’S OFFICE

Phone: 732-928-1200 x1201 or x1203

Fax: 732-928-4377

The Jackson Township Registrar’s office is located within the Jackson Township Clerk’s office and maintains all records of birth, marriage and death which occurred within Jackson Township. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are only available mid-day, (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.), please contact the Registrar’s Office first, as the office may be closed for lunch.

Copies of Vital Records

(Death Certificate, Birth Certificate, Marriage/Civil Union Certificate, Domestic Partnership)

Vital Records are not Public Records. Certified copies are $10.00 each. To obtain a certified copy of a person’s vital record, you must complete a request form and completely identify the record; you must provide proof of your relationship to the person listed on the record and the proof must establish you are one of the following:

  • The subject of the record
  • The subject’s parent, legal guardian or legal representative
  • The subject’s spouse/civil union partner; child, grandchild or sibling, if of legal age
  • A state or federal agency for official purposes
  • Pursuant to court order

If you are not a person qualified to obtain a certified copy of a record, but you are helping a person receive a certified copy of a vital record that they are eligible to receive, you must show your valid ID and a notarized, written release authorizing you to get the record on that person’s behalf OR, you can supply a written release from the person you are helping, along with the eligible person’s application and identification.

Alternatively, if you are not eligible to receive a certified copy of a vital record, you must obtain a court order directing the State Registrar to issue a certified copy of the record. A subpoena is not sufficient to issue a copy of a vital record.

Marriage/Civil Union License Applications

Be sure to contact the Registrar well in advance of the ceremony to make application. The marriage or civil union license fee is $28.00 at the time of application, cash or check (payable to Jackson Township) only.

The marriage or civil union license must be obtained from the Registrar in the New Jersey municipality in which either applicant resides, if one or both is a resident of New Jersey.  When issued, the license is good for use anywhere in the State of New Jersey.

If both parties are not residents of New Jersey, the license must be obtained from the Registrar of the municipality where the ceremony is to be performed and is only good for use in that municipality.

A New Jersey marriage or civil union license may never be used outside of the State of New Jersey and a license issued in another state may never be used within the State of New Jersey.

A local Registrar will not issue a marriage or civil union license sooner than 72 hours after the application for a license has been made, unless ordered to do so via a Superior Court order (initiated by the applicants).  If both parties are unavailable to complete the application at the same time, either applicant may complete his/her part of the application with a witness (at least 18 years old) and the Registrar and start the waiting period.  The other applicant must return with the same witness (who must be at least 18 years old) to complete his/her part of the application.

The application must be completed by both parties before the license will be issued.  The application is valid for six months from the date filed.

Provide 3 forms of identification when applying for a marriage/civil union license (as follows):

  1. Proof of identity by presenting your unexpired driver’s license with current address, passport or state/federal ID (at least one of these government-issued IDs is required).
  2. Birth certificate
  3. Social security card
  4. Bank statement, utility bill, tax return, vehicle registration or insurance card are also acceptable forms of identification.

Also required, at time of application:

A witness, (anyone who is 18 years of age or older).

The $28.00 fee (cash or check).

If previously married, a certified death certificate or court filed divorce decree of the last spouse will be required.

Once the license is issued, it is good for 30 days from the date of issuance.  A couple wishing to have both religious and civil ceremonies may be issued a license for both ceremonies on the basis of a single application.

State law provides within five (5) days of the ceremony, the person performing the ceremony must file the license (Copy 1 and Copy 2) with the Registrar of the municipality in which the ceremony was performed.  Since failure to record the license may cause considerable inconvenience at a later date when a certified copy is needed, you should make sure that this has been done.

Certified copies of the marriage or civil union event may be obtained from the local Registrar in the municipality where the ceremony occurred or from the State Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration. Certified copies are needed for legal purposes, such as name change due to marriage, or as proof of marriage for insurance companies, for example. Certified copies are not issued automatically after the marriage; couples wishing a certified copy of the marriage must make the request to the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the town where the marriage occurred. Fees vary from municipality to municipality, according to their local ordinance.

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During 1994, we celebrated the 150th year of Jackson's existence as an incorporated municipality in the State of New Jersey. As the handwritten Legislative Act reads, "Having been three times read in the Council (the State Senate) on February 29, 1844,"

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