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For Release:
February 11, 2009

Heather Howard
Commissioner

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DHSS Unveils More Consumer Friendly Vital Statistics and Registration Website


 

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) today launched a more consumer friendly version of its Vital Statistics and Registration website including a Spanish language site.

 

The Vital Statistics page is the most visited page on the DHSS website. The public can find information about how to get a copy of a birth, marriage, civil union, domestic partnership or death certificate; how to apply for a marriage license; how to register a domestic partnership and how to apply for a civil union license.

 

“The public turns to this online service more than any other offered by the Department of Health and Senior Services and we want to make it as consumer friendly as possible,’’ said DHSS Commissioner Heather Howard.  “With 1.3 million Hispanics living in New Jersey, it was also important to make this information available in Spanish so that it could be easily understood by as many people as possible.”

 

The new site offers easy to follow instructions on how to order expedited documents and easily accessible information on how to check the status of a request.  It also includes a “Frequently Asked Questions” section and expanded information on how to correct a vital record.

 

The Vital Statistics site registered more than half a million “page hits” last year. The Office processed more than 125,000 applications for vital records, handled more than 250 phone calls a day as well as 100 in-person requests.

 

“Our objective has always been to provide the best online customer service and to break down any barriers customers may face in getting copies of these documents,” said Joseph A. Komosinski, New Jersey State Registrar.  “By meeting the cultural and linguistic needs of a large and growing population the website helps us meet these goals.”

 

Vital Records are also available from Local Registrars in the municipality where the event occurred. The Vital Statistic webpage offers a list of local registrars as well as tips on how to access these services.

 

A recent departmental survey showed the “tips” webpage was the most visited section of the Vital Statistics webpage and marriage/civil union license applications were the most requested forms.

 

Vital Statistics and Registration maintains birth, marriage and death records from 1901 to the present, and all domestic partnership and civil union records.  The Division of Archives and Records Management houses records from May 1848 to 1900.

 

The Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration walk-in counter is located at 140 East Front Street in Trenton. Its hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

For information on registering, amending or obtaining copies of vital records please visit www.state.nj.us/health/vital or contact the Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration at (609) 292-4087 or toll-free nationwide at 1-866-649-8726.

 

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