Registrar / Vital Statistics

Authority

The Office of Vital Statistics maintains the vital records of births, deaths, marriages and domestic partnerships that occur within the Township. This office urges those persons interested in pursuing any of these services to call the Registrar to verify current requirements and procedures.

Services include:

  • Certified copies of Marriages, Domestic Partnerships and Civil Unions
  • Certified copies of Births
  • Certified copies of Deaths
  • Burial Permits
  • Applications for and issuance of Marriage Licenses, Domestic Partnerships and Civil Unions

CERTIFIED COPIES

Certified copies of vital records may be obtained providing the following information is provided:

  • Copies can only be obtained by the subject, subject’s parent, legal guardian or legal representative, subject’s child, grandchild or sibling - all if of legal age.
  • The requestor for copies must show proof of their person by a photo ID and/ or two alternate forms of ID which could be vehicle registration card, voter registration card, passport, county ID card, school ID card, green card or utility bill.
  • Payment of fee; $15.00 per copy
  • Requests made through the mail must include copies of the required document(s), a self addressed stamp envelope and appropriate fee.

A certified copy of a vital record is often referred to as "a copy with a raised seal"

How to prove relationship for certified copies of vital records:

If you are looking for a certified copy of:

  • Your own birth certificate and you have assumed your spouse’s/civil union partner’s surname you must provide a copy of the certified copy of your marriage/civil union certificate to link the name of your current ID to the name on your birth certificate;
  • Your child’s birth certificate: no additional documents are needed;
  • Your spouse’s/civil union partner’s birth certificate: you must provide a copy of your marriage/civil union certificate;
  • Your parent’s or sibling’s vital record: you must provide a copy of your birth certificate.  If you have assumed your spouse’s/civil partner’s last name, you must also provide a copy of your marriage/civil union certificate to link the name on your current ID to the name on your birth certificate;
  • Your grandparent’s vital record: you must establish that you are the person’s grandchild by providing proof that links the name on your ID to the name of the grandparent.

For example, if you changed your name after marriage/civil union and want a grandparent’s vital record, you must:

  1. Provide your marriage/civil union certificate to show your name at birth;
  2. Provide your birth certificate to identify your parent, and
  3. Provide the parent’s birth certificate to identify the grandparent.

If you are NOT a person qualified to get a certified copy of a record, but you are helping a person receive a certified copy of a vital record 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, including their proof of relationship to the subject of the record.

If you are an attorney:

  • Who is executor of an estate: you must supply proof of appointment as the executor;
  • Who is the legal representative of the executor of an estate: you must supply proof of legal retainer by the executor and proof of the appointment of the individual as the executor;
  • Who is the legal representative of an individual that is eligible to receive a certified copy of a vital record: you must supply proof of legal retainer by the eligible individual and their proof of relationship;
  • Who needs a certified copy of a vital record and you are not the legal representative of an eligible person: 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. 

APPLICATION FOR MARRIAGE LICENSE/DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS

Applications for Marriage Licenses and Domestic Partnerships are received Monday - Friday, between 9:00am-4:00pm, and are taken by appointment only in the Clerk’s office for Holmdel residents or those couples who live out of state and are getting married in Holmdel. Both applicants must bring the following information:

  • Proof of residence
  • Social Security card
  • If either applicant had been married previously, copy of divorce degree or death certificate
  • A witness, over the age of 18, who knows both applicants
  • $28.00 fee payable at time of application; personal check or cash
  • Applicants need to know and spell parents full names and places of birth
  • Applicants need to know Officiant’s name, title, mailing address and phone number