On May 29, 2018, Reclaim The Records made a New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request of the New Jersey Department of Health, through our attorney CJ Griffin of New Jersey law firm Pashman Stein Walder Hayden. We are asking for a copy of the New Jersey death index from 1904-2017. The request is still in process; at last communication, New Jersey’s Custodian of Records within the Offices of Policy and Strategic Planning and Population Health at the state DOH estimated a response date of mid-June 2018.

The text of the request, as submitted by our attorney through the state’s official OPRA portal, is reproduced here:

On behalf of my client, Reclaim the Records, please consider this an OPRA and common law request. My client seeks the New Jersey Death Index from Jan 1, 1904 to present date. The death index is simply an index of names of individuals who have died and it may contain a date of death and death certificate number. The NJ State Archives has released years 1901-1903, but no records are available after that. Please note we are not seeking death certificates, just a death index. More recent years may exist as electronic data and, if it exists in that form, then we seek that electronic data.

We will update this page as more information becomes available about this request.

State or Vital Records Jurisdiction: New Jersey

Government Agency: New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Vital Statistics

Law: New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA)

Record Type: Death Records

Record Years: 1904-2017

Record Format: Index

Record Physical Format: Probably a combination of microfilm images and a database

Number of Records (Estimated): Unknown.