Registrar of Vital Statistics
Stella Ward, CMR, Registrar
Susan Nelson, CMR, Deputy Registrar
The office of Vital Statistics maintains and makes available to certain individuals all vital statistic records for marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, birth, and death events that occurred in the Township of Old Bridge. Those individuals are: the subject of the vital record; the subject’s parent, legal guardian, spouse, child, grandchild, or sibling, if of legal age.
Appointments are required for marriage/civil union applications, and certified copies of vital records.
Due to COVID-19, all office remain closed to the public. We are offering limited appointments only, please email SWard@oldbridge.com and SNelson@oldbridge.com for more information.
Please make every effort to be on time to avoid the possibility of delay or cancellation of your appointment.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE OR CIVIL UNION LICENSE
The application can be filed in the New Jersey town that either applicant resides in. If both reside outside of New Jersey, they must apply in the town where the marriage or civil union ceremony will be performed. Any documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
Both applicants must appear in person with 1 witness that knows both of you and is over the age of 18.
Applicants must bring the following:
- Proof of identity ie. Driver’s license, passport, or state/federally issued ID with current address or proof of address change
- If using passport, proof of residency in Old Bridge (utility bill, bank statement, lease, tax return, property tax bill, or other bill with your Old Bridge address
- Social Security card or number
- $28.00 in cash, money order, or check. We do not accept credit or debit cards.
Please call to make appointments at least 1 month ahead of your marriage date. You will need at least a 2-week time frame. State law requires a 72-hour hold from the time of the application before the license can be issued. As the office is only open 3 days a week, that means the earliest your license can be issued is the week following the application. You must make an appointment to pick up your license.
It is the responsibility of the applicants to find an Officiant to perform the ceremony. We can supply names of some officiants in the area.
Once the license is issued, the ceremony must take place within 30 days or the license will expire. If your license expires, you must reapply and purchase another license.
The license is filed in the town where the ceremony took place. Certified copies with a raised seal are your legal proof of the marriage/civil union. You will need at least one certified certificate of marriage to change your name, to change beneficiaries, or to add one of you to the other’s health benefits policy.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A CERTIFIED COPY OF A VITAL RECORD
The following information is required to obtain a certified copy:
- The exact date that the event occurred
- Exact name(s) on the record
- Proof of relationship to the person named on the record
- One photo ID with current address, or two alternate forms of ID, one of which must contain current address
- A fee of $10.00 for each certified copy requested. Cash, check, or money order are accepted as payment. Checks should be made payable to Old Bridge Township
- Send request form (available at top of this page) to: Registrar of Vital Statistics, One Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge, NJ 08857, along with copies of required documentation for ID and relationship to person named on record.
A Certificate of Domestic Partnership may be registered by applicants of the same sex, or of the opposite sex who are 62 years of age or older, and meet any of the criteria listed below. Affidavits may be obtained from this office and must be notarized before being filed.
- Provide valid identification that establishes name, age, and date of birth
- Identify a common residence in New Jersey or share a common residence in another jurisdiction if at least one of the applicants is a member of a New Jersey State administered retirement system
- Provide proof of joint financial responsibility as evidenced by one or more of the following:
- Joint deed, mortgage agreement or lease
- Joint bank account
- Designation of one of the persons as primary beneficiary in the other person’s will
- Designation of one of the persons as primary beneficiary in the other person’s life insurance policy or retirement plan
- Joint ownership of a motor vehicle