Getting Your New Jersey Birth Certificate and Real ID

In October 2020, the federal Real ID laws go into effect. This means you will no longer be able to board an airplane with your state driver’s license unless you update your license to comply with the new federal Real ID standards.

After October 1, 2020 airline passengers will need to present a Real ID compliant driver’s license or another state-issued ID card. Without this, you may not make it past airport security checkpoints.

This may seem like a long way off, but because this massive change could lead to long lines and delays in getting new, compliant identification cards. Therefore, if you’re smart you’ll get a head start on it now.

This likely means getting a copy of your New Jersey birth certificate. Here’s how you can take the first step to get your Real ID in New Jersey.

Where Do I Get a Copy of My Birth Certificate?

In New Jersey, the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry is responsible for keeping track of registrations of births. In some cases, you can also obtain a birth certificate from the local vital records office in the New Jersey municipality in which you were born.

You can go to the office in person or send a written request to:

New Jersey Office of Vital Statistics and Registration
Customer Service Unit – Genealogical Requests
PO Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370

You can also go online to order a copy of your birth certificate. This can be faster than a written request.

What Do I Need to Get a Copy of My Birth Certificate?

To get a copy of your New Jersey birth certificate you will need to provide some information.

A completed application – You must apply for a birth certificate by filling out the required form from the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry. Be sure all information is complete and true.

A copy of proof of identity – You will need to present your driver’s license or other forms of documentation that proves you are who you say you are. If you are a parent requesting a birth certificate for a child, you must be listed on the birth certificate and provide proof of your relationship to the child. If ordering by mail or online, provide a scanned copy of all supporting documentation.

Fee payment – Current fees for obtaining a copy of your birth certificate in New Jersey are $25. You can pay using a check or money order payable to “Treasurer, State of New Jersey” if you are ordering by mail. If you are ordering online, you will need to use a valid credit card.

By following the simple instructions for obtaining a copy of your New Jersey birth certificate, you can make sure you are ready for the real changes coming with the implementation of the federal Real ID program.