26:8-24. The State registrar shall:
a.Have general supervision throughout the State of the registration of vital records;
b.Have supervisory power over local registrars, deputy local registrars, alternate deputy local registrars, and subregistrars, in the enforcement of the law relative to the disposal of dead bodies and the registration of vital records;
c.Prepare, print, and supply to all registrars, upon request therefor, all blanks and forms used in registering the records required by said law, and provide for and prescribe the use of the NJ-EDRS. No other blanks or methods of registration shall be used than those supplied or approved by the State registrar;
d.Carefully examine the certificates or electronic files received periodically from the local registrars or originating from their jurisdiction; and, if any are incomplete or unsatisfactory, require such further information to be supplied as may be necessary to make the record complete and satisfactory;
e.Arrange or bind, and permanently preserve the certificates of vital records, or the information comprising those records, in a systematic manner and in a form that is deemed most consistent with contemporary and developing standards of vital statistical archival record keeping;
f.Prepare and maintain a comprehensive and continuous index of all vital records registered, the index to be arranged alphabetically:
1.In the case of deaths, by the name of the decedent;
2.In the case of births, by the name of child, if given, and if not, then by the name of father or mother;
3.In the case of marriages, by the surname of the husband and also by the maiden name of the wife;
4.In the case of civil unions, by the surname of each of the parties to the civil union;
5.In the case of domestic partnerships, by the surname of each of the partners;
g.Mark the birth certificate of a missing child when notified by the Missing Persons Unit in the Department of Law and Public Safety pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1995, c.395 (C.52:17B-9.8c);
h.Develop and provide to local registrars an education and training program, which the State registrar may require each local registrar to complete as a condition of retaining that position, and which may be offered to deputy local registrars, alternate deputy local registrars and subregistrars at the discretion of the State registrar, that includes material designed to implement the NJ-EDRS and to familiarize local registrars with the statutory requirements applicable to their duties and any rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, as deemed appropriate by the State registrar; and
i.Facilitate the electronic notification, upon completion of the death record and issuance of a burial permit, of the decedent's name, Social Security number and last known address to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the Department of Human Services to safeguard public benefit programs and diminish the criminal use of a decedent's name and other identifying information.
amended 1965, c.78, s.46; 1995, c.395, s.5. 2003, c.221, s.15; 2003, c.246, s.18; 2006, c.103, s.41; 2013, c.274, s.1.