McKnight wants state to accept Jersey City-issued birth certificates again

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Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-31) is pushing for the New Jersey Department of Health to again accept copies of birth certificates issued from the Hudson County Office of Vital Statistics in Jersey City. Assemblywomen Angela McKnight

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Several years ago, the Department of Health (DOH) determined that some birth certificates issued by the Hudson County Office of Vital Statistics in Jersey City were not valid and the security of the vital records was compromised,” McKnight wrote on her change.org page.

“As a result, DOH mandated that persons born in Jersey City seeking to obtain a certified copy of their birth certificate for identification purposes to obtain a passport or driver’s license would have to either obtain the birth certificate directly from DOH in Trenton or use the web-based system available through the DOH website.”

Further stating that the “delay and additional costs” associated with this problem are exclusive to Jersey City and Hudson County, the Assemblywoman adds she will be testifying in front of the Health and Human Services committee tomorrow in Trenton at 10 a.m.

Back in April, McKnight and her colleague from the 31st Legislative District, Nick Chiaravalloti, introduced bill A3625 to ensure that the DOH will again accepts birth certificates issued in Jersey City.