The Department of Social Services provides comprehensive social services to the residents of New Brunswick in areas including health, recreation, and vital statistics. The Department is made up of five divisions:
The Division of Recreation administers various programs and services geared toward residents of and visitors to the City of New Brunswick. Programs include adult and youth athletic leagues in soccer, softball, baseball, and basketball, seasonal events including the Raritan River Festival and Summer Concert Series and organized field trips.
In cooperation with the Division of Parks, the Division of Recreation schedules and monitors the use of all parks throughout the City of New Brunswick.
The Division of Recreation also manages the HUB Teen Center located at 411 Joyce Kilmer Ave. The Center provides New Brunswick residents ages 13-19 with a place to join together outside of traditional school hours. Homework assistance, computer labs and training, professional development skills workshops, and recreational programming are just a few of the amenities offered to members of the Teen Center.
Senior Resource Center 732.745.5100
Melanie Ford, Director
The New Brunswick Senior Citizen Resource Center (NBSCRC) is a multi-purpose facility for independent seniors and is designed to provide a safe, supportive and stimulating environment. All New Brunswick residents sixty years of age and older are encouraged to become members. Operation hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Serving a diverse population, the NBSCRC offers a variety of cultural, social, educational, recreational and health related programs designed to enhance the quality of life of New Brunswick’s senior community. The NBSCRC also provides social service information/assistance, a breakfast and lunch program and free transportation. There is no fee for membership.
Health and Vital Statistics
In conjunction with the Middlesex County Health Department, The Division of Health provides environmental health investigations and inspections of all licensed food vendors in accordance with Chapter 12 of the New Jersey Sanitary Code.
The Division also coordinates with the Middlesex County Department of Health and the New Brunswick Schools to provide immunizations, health screening sessions and health education programs throughout New Brunswick.
To contact the Middlesex County Health Department call 732.745.5021.
Lainie Ramirez, Registrar
Vital Statistics: Hours of operation 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Forms and Applications
- English Language Application Form for a Non-Genealogical Certification or a Certified Copy of a Vital Record
- Spanish Language Application Form for a Non-Genealogical Certification or a Certified Copy of a Vital Record
- License Application for Dogs and Cats
Responsible for registering all births, civil unions, domestic partnerships, marriages and deaths in the City of New Brunswick
- The following information is pertains to Vital Statistics:
- Certified copies of births, civil unions, domestic partnerships, marriages, and deaths
- Applications for civil unions and marriages
- Filing of domestic partnerships
- Modifications of all vital records
There are three ways to obtain certified copies:
- Our fees are as follows:
– First copy: $25.
– Any additional copies of the same record ordered on the same day are $5 each
- In person: Our address is 78 Bayard St. (Bayard Street is off of George Street. City Hall is on the left hand side after the TD Bank. Parking is behind the building. There is a guard at the security booth, tell him you are going to the Health Department and they will direct you to our office.) Acceptable methods of payment are cash, money order, certified check, or debit cards with an additional fee of $2.50.
*Identity must be established through a valid driver’s license, valid passport or valid State or Federal ID
- By mail: The mailing address is: New Brunswick Health Dept, PO Box 269, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0269 Acceptable methods of payment are money order or certified checks made out to the City of New Brunswick. Credit cards w/ expiration date are acceptable with an additional cost of $7 charged through your credit card. Photo copies of ID must be submitted along with request.
- Online: The City of New Brunswick does not accept credit cards for online orders. However, for your convenience, you can process online requests through an independent company that we have partnered with to provide you this service; VitalChek Network, Inc VitalChek can be reached through its website by clicking here. An additional fee of $7 is charged by VitalChek for using this service. All major credit cards are accepted, including American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa.
Eligible individuals who can obtain certified copies of vital records:
The individual of legal age, the parents of, a brother or sister of legal age (with proof of their relationship, i.e. certified copy of birth certificate showing parents’ names), the spouse/partner (with proof of civil union, domestic partnership or marriage certificate), the child of legal age (with proof of their relationship i.e. certified copy of birth certificate showing parents names), the grandchild of legal age (with proof of their relationship i.e. certified copies of birth certificate showing parents and grandparents names), the legal guardian/representative (with proper court documents within a 2 year period)
- Required Identification
- A valid photo driver’s license showing your CURRENT address and signature;
- If a valid photo driver’s license is not available, two of the following are necessary:
- A non-photo drivers license
- County ID
- Vehicle registration and/or insurance card
- Copy of utility bill, bank statement
- Proof of signature is required
The Records Request form can be downloaded by clicking the link here: http://thecityofnewbrunswick.org/social-services under Vital Statistics of the Department of Social Services.
When filling out a request form, the information provided must be exact and complete as it appears on the original record. Please provide a phone number where you can be reached should a problem arise.
If you wish to apply for a civil union/marriage license, the following is needed:
To apply in person:
- Application can be made where either party resides with proof
- Both parties may be present; if applying separately, the same witness must be present
- 18 years of age
- Provide social security numbers (which will be kept confidential)
- Witness 18 years of age or older
- Fee of $28
Suggested additional items:
- Birth certificate
- If you were in a former union, and it was legally dissolved, final decrees
- If by death, certified copy of death certificate
- You may also complete the applications on the State of New Jersey’s website. You must follow the instructions on this site. There is a three day waiting period before the license can be issued. If a time waiver is necessary, it must be granted by a Superior Court Judge.
To complete a Domestic Partnership:
- Each partner must sign in front of a notary an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership (Affidavits are available from any local registrars office)
- Partners must 62 years of age and of opposite sex
- Share a common residence or member of NJ State Retirement System
- Jointly responsible for each others common welfare
- Not in any other commitment recognized by NJ Law
- Notarized Affidavit must be taken to any local registrars office to be filed and purchase a certificate of Domestic Partnership
- Fee of $28
Youth Services System
New Brunswick’s Youth Services System provides comprehensive after-school programming for New Brunswick residents ages 6-15. This program operates at seven schools within New Brunswick, providing the opportunity for children from all parts of New Brunswick to participate at a site close to their home.
Activities provided in through the Youth Services System include homework assistance, peer counseling, leadership training, athletic programming, and workshops in music, drama, and photography.
Parents and other family members are encouraged to take part in much of the programming. The Youth Services System strives to bring together business leaders, social service agencies, community groups, and educators in an effort to offer programming which will be most beneficial to participants.
The Youth Services System has also formed partnerships with several departments at Rutgers University to provide educational, training, and internship opportunities for Rutgers students as well as leadership, staffing, and financing for YSS participants.