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Birth Certificate

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Before delivering a baby at an Atlantic Health System hospital, you will be given a pre-admission packet, which will contain a birth certificate worksheet. It is important to complete this form carefully – print clearly and double-check your work – because it will be used to create your baby’s legal birth certificate.

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Once reviewed and signed by you and your partner, the document will be sent to the local office of vital statistics. After which, your baby’s name can only be changed by court order.

The following information must be correct to ensure that you receive a correct birth certificate. This information is also needed for your baby to obtain a Social Security card.

  • Mother’s name (first, middle, last)
  • Mother’s maiden name (her name prior to marriage)
  • Father’s name (first, middle, last and suffix – Jr/Sr/III/etc.)
  • Mother’s date of birth
  • Father’s date of birth
  • Social Security Number of mother and father
  • Baby’s name (first, middle, last and any suffix – Jr/Sr/III/etc.)
  • Mailing address of the mother – this is essential for the Social Security card

After it is completed at the hospital, the birth certificate is sent to the office of vital statistics, where it will be registered with the state and permanently stored. Newborn birth certificates are available from the office of vital statistics no earlier than 10 days after the birth of the child. According to New Jersey state law, grandparents are no longer allowed to pick up the birth certificate of their grandchild.

Birth Certificate Instructions for Babies Born at Morristown Medical Center

To request certified copies in person, go to the Town Hall Office of Vital Statistics window; the in-person process takes about 10 minutes. Download and complete the form and bring a photocopy of a photo ID or two other forms of non-photo ID (such as a phone bill or a bank statement) for the person making the request.

To request certified copies by mail, download and complete the form and include your daytime phone number, a photocopy of a photo ID, or two other forms of non-photo ID (such as a phone bill or a bank statement) for the person making the request. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check or money order payable to the Town of Morristown. Send the request to Morristown Vital Records, 200 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07963-0914.

Birth Certificate Instructions for Babies Born at Overlook Medical Center

To obtain a birth certificate, you can go to the Office of Vital Statistics or mail in a request:

The City of Summit
Office of Vital Statistics
City Hall/Health Department
512 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901


$20 for each certified copy

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Birth Certificate Instructions for Babies Born at Newton Medical Center

Please visit the town of Newton’s website, or contact the Newton Municipal Clerk's Office at 973-383-3521 ext. 232.

Birth Certificate Instructions for Babies Born at Chilton Medical Center

Please visit the Pequannock Township website, or for further information please call the Pequannock Township Division of Vital Records at 973-835-5700 ext.127.