2018 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Chapter 8
Section 26:8-38 - Recording unrecorded births; penalty for false certificate

Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 26:8-38 (2018)

Section: 26:8-38: Recording unrecorded births; penalty for false certificate

26:8-38. The birth of any child which has occurred or which may hereafter occur and which is not recorded with the State registrar as required by this chapter, may be recorded by filing a certificate with the State registrar.

a. Over the signature of the physician or midwife who attended the birth or over the signature of the father or mother of the child, or

b. When it is impossible to secure the signature of any of the persons named, the certificate may be signed by any person who has definite knowledge of the facts concerning the birth or by the person whose birth is being reported; provided, substantiating documentary proof is submitted and noted upon the certificate by the person before whom the affidavit is taken.

In every case the certificate shall be accompanied by an affidavit attesting the correctness of the information given therein, which affidavit shall be a part of the record of the birth. A copy of the affidavit shall accompany each certified copy of any record of the birth issued by the State registrar.

The affidavit (1) if taken in New Jersey, shall be taken before a Superior Court judge, the State registrar or assistant State registrar of vital statistics, an attorney at law, a county clerk or a deputy county clerk of the county where the birth occurred or where the person making the affidavit resides, or (2) if taken in some other state of the United States or territory thereof or in the District of Columbia shall be taken before a judge of any of the United States courts, a judge of any court of record having jurisdiction in the place where the affidavit is taken or any attorney at law of New Jersey, or (3) if taken in any foreign kingdom, state, nation or colony shall be taken before a public ambassador, minister, consul, vice-consul, consular agent, charge d'affaires or other representative of the United States for the time being, to or at any such foreign kingdom, state, nation or colony or any attorney at law of New Jersey; provided, however, that the affidavit may be taken in New Jersey by any employee of the Superior Court, if prior thereto, the Superior Court judge shall have filed with the State registrar of vital statistics a certificate setting forth that such employee has been designated by him to take such affidavits, and all oaths, affirmations and affidavits required to be made or taken by this section or necessary or proper to be made or taken by this section may be made and taken before any such employee when so designated.

The State registrar or any local registrar may require proof of the correctness of the information in a certificate and may refuse to accept a certificate if said proof is not submitted.

Any person knowingly submitting a certificate pursuant to this section containing incorrect particulars regarding a birth shall be subject to a penalty of not more than $500.00 to be recovered with costs in a summary proceeding in accordance with "the penalty enforcement law" (N.J.S.2A:58-1 et seq.) in the name of the State department.

Amended 1941, c.63; 1942, c.21; 1946, c.26; 1953, c.26, s.55; 1965,c.78,s.54; 1968,c.38; 1991,c.91,s.299.

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