Department of Vital Statistics
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THE VITAL STATISTICS OFFICE IS OPERATING VIRTUALLY, Please SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BUT NO LATER THAN 21 DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY to ensure we have sufficient time to process and mail your items out.

APPLICATIONS FOR MARRIAGE CAN BE MADE AS EARLY AS SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR WEDDING. PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE WEEK BEFORE YOUR WEDDING TO TRY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.

As noted, appointments can be made as early as six months in advance of your wedding. (In some cases you may make your application as early as one year in advance.) The Registrar may be reached by calling (732)364-2500, option 5.
** The Township does not accept Walk-Ins **
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Lauren Kirkman, CMR
Township Clerk/Registrar

Office of Vital Statistics and Registry registers vital events and maintains the following vital records:
* Birth, marriage and death records starting at 1918
* Domestic partnership records starting at 2004
* Civil union records starting at 2007
* Adoptions Foreign and Domestic
* Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth data starting at 1969

Vital records are also available from Local Vital Records Offices in the municipality where the event occurred.

You may download a Lakewood Township Vital Record:
Application in English HERE
Application in Spanish HERE

For information about vital records from May 1848 through 1917 visit the State, Archives web page. The Archives also holds microfilm copies of births from 1901-1923, marriages from 1901-1940 and deaths from 1901-1940. These materials are available for in-person use only.

Visit the Center for Health Statistics web page for statistical information on vital events in New Jersey.

Visit the National Center for Health Statistics for information on how to request vital records from other states/jurisdictions.

Please note, New Jersey law protects and restricts the release of vital records. Vital records are not public records and cannot be searched online.

FAQS

How long after a birth occurs is it filed with the office of vital statistics?
Currently births are filed within three weeks of the completion of the certificate by the hospital.
Can vital records be faxed?
No. Vital records require the raised seal of the local office of vital records to be considered valid.
Can I call the registrar to verify if a record exists?
Registrars are not permitted to verify if a record exists by phone, the applicant must submit a written request and fully identify the record as well as provide proof of identity/ relationship to the person in the record.
Can a person who is eligible to receive certified copies designate someone to obtain a vital record for them?
Yes. The person eligible can authorize another person on his or her behalf. To do so, a notarized letter from the eligible person must be submitted by the individual who is picking up the record, that person must complete an application and have acceptable ID.
How do I obtain an Apostille Seal?
You must first purchase a copy of your vital record from the State office of Vital Statistics; you must forward this document to the Division of Revenue, which issues the Apostille Seal. The telephone number is 609-292-9292, their website is: https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/apostilles.shtml
What is the quickest way to obtain a certified copy of a vital record?
Certified copies may be obtained via mail, please fill out the "Vital Record Applications & Information" from our download center. Please provide a copy of your valid identification and check when submitting your request. Detailed directions on how to fill out the request form are included on the second page.
Where do I obtain a divorce decree?
New Jersey divorce decrees are available through the Superior Court of New Jersey Records Center. Call the records center at: 609-777-0092.
What is the procedure to correct information on a vital record?
Since there are many unique circumstances to amending records, it is suggested you contact the office for detailed information.
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Contact
The Department of Vital Statistics

231 Third Street
Municipal Building
Lakewood, NJ 08701
732-364-2500 ext 5236
732-994-4570
Hours: 9 AM - 5 PM
Note: If this is an OPRA request it must be sent to the Township Clerk
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