ASSEMBLY, No. 1014

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2012 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  CHARLES MAINOR

District 31 (Hudson)

Assemblyman  VINCENT PRIETO

District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblymen Ramos and Cryan

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires DHSS to authorize Jersey City to issue certified copies of birth certificates by December 31, 2010.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning the issuance of certified copies of birth certificates and supplementing Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services shall, no later than December 31, 2010, authorize the Hudson County Office of Vital Statistics in Jersey City to issue certified copies of birth certificates, upon request, to persons born in Jersey City who present all required documentation and pay any required fees for the certificate.

 

     2.    The Commissioner of Health and Senior Services shall, in accordance with the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), adopt such rules and regulations as he deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this act.

 

     3.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, no later than December 31, 2010, to authorize the Hudson County Office of Vital Statistics in Jersey City to issue certified copies of birth certificates, upon request, to persons born in Jersey City who present all required documentation and pay any required fees for the certificate.

     Several years ago, upon determining that some birth certificates issued by the Hudson County Office of Vital Statistics in Jersey City were not valid and the security of the vital records was compromised, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) mandated that persons born in Jersey City seeking to obtain a certified copy of their birth certificate for identification purposes to obtain a passport or driver’s license would have to either obtain the birth certificate directly from DHSS in Trenton, or use the web-based system available through the DHSS website.  In either case, this results in a delay and additional costs in obtaining the certificate; and this is a delay that other State residents (not born in Jersey City) are not subject to because they can access the needed certificate quickly and easily by requesting it at their local vital statistics office.  This bill, therefore, will restore the ability of persons born in Jersey City to obtain a copy of their birth certificates in the same manner as do other residents of the State.