Are local copies of vital records acceptable for all my needs?

Local copies are valid for all purposes except for the following instance:

  • If the copies are being presented to a foreign country that is part of the Hague Treaty, the copies need an Apostille Seal from the New Jersey Secretary of State. The Apostille Seal can only be applied to certified copies of vital records issued from the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry.

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1. Do I need an appointment for a marriage application?
2. Domestic Partnership Records I entered into a domestic partnership before New Jersey’s Civil Union Act took effect. Is my domestic partnership still valid if we elect not to enter into a civil union?
3. Is my domestic partner able to assume my last name after we register our partnership?
4. If I am in a domestic partnership and want to enter into a civil union with the same partner, do we need to terminate the domestic partnership before applying for our civil union license?
5. Does my employer have to offer my domestic partner health benefits?
6. If I was married in another state, do I need to enter in a marriage in New Jersey in order to have my marriage recognized in New Jersey?
7. Is my marriage on file in New Jersey if I was married in another state or country?
8. Who can perform marriages in New Jersey?
9. Can Internet ministers perform my marriage ceremony?
10. What is required to file a delayed marriage certificate?
11. How do I order a vital record from a New Jersey local vital records office?
12. What are the fees for local copies?
13. Are local copies of vital records acceptable for all my needs?