The Vital Statistics Office is open to the public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. While the public cannot enter the building at this time,
we are currently taking marriage applications and requests for certified copies of birth, marriage and death certificates at Borough Hall within the Governor’s guidelines for social distancing. We also have a walk-up window that you can use for service. Everyone MUST wear a mask.
Please call (908) 725-2300 ext. 1980 or 1982 for an appointment.
DO NOT call the office for information regarding the availability of any vital records. State Statute does not allow the office to release any information over the phone.
Download the application you will need and complete it before coming to your appointment. Bring your ID (valid driver’s license or valid passport and proof of address), proof of relationship if appropriate and payment with you. We accept EXACT cash, check or money order payable to “Somerville Division of Health”.
Certified copies of non-genealogical vital records of all births, deaths, marriages/civil unions that occur within the Borough of Somerville are available from Somerville Vital Statistics.
The fee is $25 for the first certified copy and $2 for each additional certified copy of the same vital record. The fee is payable with cash, a money order or a check made out to the Somerville Division of Health. We do not accept credit or debit cards.
There is a $20 processing fee for corrections to any birth, marriage or death record that are submitted to the State Department of Vital Statistics and Registry (with the exception of registrar or hospital errors).
Somerville Vital Statistics complies with the requirements of the State Department of Vital Statistics and Registry regarding who is eligible to receive a certified copy of a vital record. You will need to fully identify the record and provide proof of your identity, current residence and, if appropriate, your relationship to the person listed on the vital record you are requesting. If your last name on your driver’s license is different than your last name on the birth certificate (if you are the mother, if it is different than your maiden or the father’s last name), please include a copy of your marriage certificate.
Certified copies of birth, marriage/civil union and death certificates can be obtained in person at the Somerville Municipal Building, located at 25 West End Avenue between
9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. In person service is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please complete the appropriate application for the type of certificate you are requesting.
If you are requesting a certified copy through the mail, complete an application, photocopy your driver’s license with your current address, and include payment with your request.
Please do not send cash through the mail. Send all requests to Somerville Division of Health, 25 West End Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876.
You can use VitalChek (www.vitalchek.com), a secure website to make an online request. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for using this service, and all major credit cards are accepted, including American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or Visa®.
This office only provides non-genealogical, certified copies of vital statistics. Go to Non-Genealogical Records for more information from the State Department of Vital Statistics and Registry.
Genealogical records for research on family ancestry are available only from the State Department of Vital Statistics and Registry. Go to Genealogical Records for more information.
Marriage and Civil Union
APPLICATIONS ARE TAKEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY BETWEEN 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Please call for an appointment BEFORE submitting your paperwork for review.
You must complete the application and e-mail with a copy of valid ID and proof of address (if necessary) to our office BEFORE you come to your appointment. Please e-mail both applicant's and the witness's ID for review. Use the link for the Marriage License application to complete the form and upload your ID's.
If you are using your driver's license for ID, the address must be your current address. If you have not updated your driver's license, you can use a valid passport and a recent bill with your current address.
Please bring the following with you when you come to the office for your appointment:
- Required: Original application that was previously e-mailed and reviewed.
Required: The SAME government-issued proof of identity that was previously e-mailed and reviewed.
Required: Proof of current address. One of the applicants must be a Somerville resident as you must apply in the municipality where one of the applicants lives. If one applicant is from out of state, the other applicant must reside in Somerville. If both applicants live out of state, you can only apply in Somerville if the marriage/civil union will occur in Somerville and the license will only be valid in this municipality.
- Required: A witness, 18 years of age or older, who has a valid government-issued proof of identity and understands English. If one or both applicants do not understand English, the witness must know both languages.
- Required: $28 application fee by check, money order or exact cash.
- Recommended: If one or both were previously married, in a civil union or a domestic partnership, bring the final divorce decree, dissolution of civil union, legal termination of a domestic partnership or death certificate of previous partner.
- Recommended: Birth certificates showing parents’ names.
Application becomes a valid license after 72 hours (3 days). Therefore, if the ceremony is to take place on a weekend, the very latest the applicants should come in would be the Tuesday before. For remarriages and reaffirmations, there is no waiting period.
Bride, groom or the witness can pick up the license after the waiting period.
Marriage/civil union arrangements (officiant and site) must be made by the applicants. The license will not be released from our office until these arrangements have been made.
The license will be filed in the municipality where the marriage/civil union occurs. A certified copy of the marriage certificate can be obtained there.
Applications are accepted between 9 AM - 4 PM by appointment only, Monday through Friday. Both applicants, regardless of gender, must be 62 years or older to apply for Domestic Partnership.