How do I obtain a vital record?

Applications & Forms

For more information on the application process, documents, etc., please visit our Applying page. To view application documents and helpful resources, please view our Forms and Resources page.


Per Executive Order 18, vital records will be issued only if all the following criteria are met:

  • A completed application, fully identifying the record, with all pertinent information, is submitted.
  • The applicant presents proof of their relationship to the subject of the record.
  • The applicant presents an acceptable ID per New Jersey State regulations
  • Applicant pays the appropriate fee ($15 per copy). We accept cash, money order or check.  Make checks payable to “Township of Toms River.”
  • If applying by mail, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope along with the application, copies of ID and the applicable fee. 
    • Please note incomplete requests, received by mail, will be returned to the applicant.

Third-Party Representation

Third-Party Representation (Lawyers, Executors) or non-eligible persons must also provide one of the following:

  • Legal documentation (Surrogate’s Certificate or Court Order)
  • A notarized letter from the eligible person, allowing the certificate to be released to the third-party. (The third-party must present their acceptable, valid and current identification.)

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1. How do I identify a record?
2. How do I obtain a vital record?
3. Can a person eligible to receive a certified copy of a vital record designate someone to collect the certified copies for them?
4. Can I obtain a certified copy of a death certificate if I am not related to the deceased individual but I have joint ownership of property or stocks/bonds?
5. Can vital records be faxed?
6. Who can request a certified copy of a vital record? (pursuant to State of New Jersey Executive Order Number 18)
7. Can I call the Registrar’s Office to verify they have a vital record I am looking for?
8. Where do I obtain a certified copy of a birth, marriage license, civil union or death certificate?
9. If I am listed as a beneficiary on a life insurance policy but am not related to the deceased individual, can I obtain a certified copy of the death certificate to claim my benefits?
10. Does an attorney have access to vital records?
11. Do stepparents have the same access to records as parents?
12. Does an ex-spouse have access to the previous spouse's birth or death certificate?
13. What is required to obtain a certified copy of a vital record?