The Municipal Clerk’s office is responsible for the following licenses/permits: Click Here to View
The Clerk also serves as the Registrar of Vital Statistics and oversees all records.
Registrar of Vital Statistics
Certified copies of all vital records (birth, death, marriage, domestic partnership) are available through the Clerk’s office. The fee for copies of vital records is $7.00 for the first copy and $3.00 for each additional copy. I.D. is required to acquire copies of vital records. Acceptable forms of I.D. are a photo drivers’ license, vehicle registration, passport, green card, county I.D., or utility bill. If you do not have a photo drivers’ license, two other forms of I.D. must be presented. The only people who may apply for a certified record are the subject of the record, the subject’s parents, legal guardian, spouse, child (of age) or grandchild (of age). Copies can also be requested by mail. A written request containing all particulars of the record (name(s), date, place, etc.), a clear photocopy of the requested I.D. and a check made payable to “The Borough of Chester” are required. Click here for an application.
Marriage License Applications
Couples that are to be married in the State of New Jersey must apply for a marriage license. If the Bride or Groom is from New Jersey, they may apply in the municipality where either resides. If only one of the couple resides in New Jersey, the application will be made in their municipality. If neither are residents of New Jersey but are being married in the State, they are to apply in the municipality where the wedding will take place. The couple must bring a witness (18 years or older), with them when they make application. Valid I.D. is also required. The fee for a marriage license is $28.00. The marriage license can be picked up after a 72 hour waiting period and is valid for 30 days thereafter.
Open Public Records Requests
All requests for public records must be made through the Municipal Clerk. Request forms are available here or in the Clerk’s office. Many records are available immediately while some requests may take up to 7 days to fulfill. Please note that not all records are open to the public. If the record you are seeking is not a public record, an explanation will be provided. Fees for copies of public records are as determined by State statute.