Due to precautionary measures related to COVID-19, the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services is operating with reduced staffing. This will result in delays in processing work requests for various paper-based business registry transactions delivered over the counter to 33 West State Street or via mail to any of our post office boxes. The delays will affect requests for filing paper business formation and amendment documents and fulfilling orders for various paper-based certifications/reports such as business status reports, records requests and standing certificates, as well as Apostille certificates. In addition, paper returns and checks, in particular those that cannot be processed through our automated systems, may be delayed. During the emergency period, we will not be able to track the status of individual work requests.
We recommend that the general public and business community use our electronic filing and information services, including our tax filing and payment applications, in place of paper-based work whenever possible. Review the links to the many online services we offer on this web site and on the Division of Taxation’s site.
Please additionally note that our walk-in service area at our Trenton office (33 West State Street, 5th Floor) remains closed to the public until at least April 17th and upon further notice. However, our secure drop box at the Trenton office is available for the submission of paper filings and records requests only.
Our call center is operating with reduced staff and is open Monday through Thursday, closed Friday. You may experience significant wait times or delays in responses to telephone inquiries, emails or general correspondence.
Individuals and business representatives are encouraged to use the following avenues as alternatives for the time being:
Please check back here for updates and announcements on reopenings.
Apostilles and certifications attest to the legal status of New Jersey Notaries Public and selected public officials, such as Superior Court judges, County Clerks, and the State Registrar of Vital Statistics, who have authenticated or notarized documents to be used in business transactions and/or international document exchange. Public officials for whom our office will issue Apostilles and certifications.
Apostilles and certifications issued by the New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services are one-page, 8.5 x 11 documents with a color laser print of the Great Seal of the State of New Jersey and the signature of the New Jersey State Treasurer.
We affix Apostilles and certifications to the signature page of the submitted document with staples. Please do not remove the Apostille or certification once it is attached.
The Division will provide an Apostille if the transaction involves a country that subscribes to the Hague Convention. If the authenticated or notarized document is going to a country that does not appear on the Hague Convention list, the Division will provide a certification of the public official.
In all cases involving international document exchange, we recommend that you contact officials in the receiving country or visit the U.S. Department of State website for further information and guidance on the exchange process.
How to Obtain an Apostille or Certification:
Obtain the original or certified copy of the document bearing the original notarization or certification by the public official.
Important Notes: Obtain vital records (birth, marriage, divorce, death, etc.) from January 1, 1917 forward from the NJ Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics and Registry (609.292.4087). For vital records dated prior to January 1, 1917, contact the New Jersey State Archives.
We cannot issue Apostilles or certifications for vital records from other states. Have out-of-state records authenticated in the state of origin.
For documents in languages other than English, we recommend that you attach a notarized English translation. Note that if you attach a notarized translation to a vital record, we will issue two Apostilles/Certifications, and we will assess two fees.
Submit notarized documents with the original (inked) signature of the NJ Notary Public and the original (inked) signature of the person who presented the document for notarization.