Place Codes for NJ Vital Records

New Jersey researchers owe a debt of gratitude to the good folks at Reclaim the Records for obtaining the NJ marriage indices and uploading them to the Internet Archive. The indices are accessible for free, and cover almost all of the years from 1901-2016.

Ignore the fifth digit in the place code column. The location is identified by the first four digits.

Ignore the fifth digit in the place code column. The location is identified by the first four digits.

Some researchers have been stumped by how to decode the location codes on the indices, however. For later years, the index provides the names of both the bride and groom, the marriage certificate number, the marriage date, and a four-digit code for the place where the marriage occurred. Unfortunately, these codes don’t seem to be available online anywhere.

To help other researchers, I’ve created a PDF file with the NJ location codes for vital records (click link to download the file). You are free to download this file and use it to decode the marriage indices. It’s fully searchable, so you can type the code number into your search function and quickly identify the town where the marriage occurred. These codes were also used on death records, so some of the locations (like the NJ State Prison) may seem like an odd place to hold a wedding.

Just to make things more confusing (because we’re New Jersey), some years use a five-digit code. The location is identified by only the first four digits of this five-digit number. In the example I’ve illustrated here, the location listed as 0451(4) is Mount Ephraim in Camden County.

Happy searching!


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Tricia B January 29, 2018 at 1:12 am


Thank you for posting the PDF of the code cipher for the New Jersey marriage locations.

I have a question about the four digit codes for place of marriage in New Jersey. The code is 9804 and I don’t see anything that goes up that high on your list. Is there a way to find out the location that number correlates to?

Here is the link to the record page on Ancestry:

Thank you for your time.


Debbie January 29, 2018 at 1:52 am

Hi Tricia. Just to make things more complicated, in that particular index, the entries for the place codes and certificate numbers are listed under the wrong headings. In your example, the number 9804 is actually the marriage certificate number, not a place code. The codes in my PDF apply to later years, and won’t be useful in the 1901-1903 index. I’m trying to verify the exact year when the place codes changed.

The good news is you really just need that certificate number and the year to request the marriage record. They’re filed by year and then certificate number for that time period, statewide.


Carol Van Alphen February 11, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Thank you for your time. I also have a question on location numbers: this is for the year 1903 and the location number is listed as
3814, and the state file number is listed as 548. I cannot find either of these numbers on your reference list. I was looking on page 313 at Fleisch, Augusta


Carol Van Alphen February 11, 2018 at 3:56 pm

I apologize, I just re-read your answer above and see what the issue is. I will mail the state of NJ as their online form will not accept a request without the month and day.


Debbie February 11, 2018 at 9:36 pm

No problem, Carol. And if you ever need anything from the NJSA, I also do record retrievals. More info here:



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