The State Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registration under the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services maintains all vital records. This includes birth, marriage, and death records from 1878 to the present and domestic partnership records from 2004 to the present.
The death certificate is the official record of death. It is used to settle the estate, collect life insurance, transfer property and for other post death activities.
Funeral directors gather, enter and submit the needed information into an Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS). Information includes biographical data provided by the family, social security number, address and medical information. Then, in conjunction with the licensed medical profession, the death record is certified and sent to the state and federal governments.