N.J waives death certificate fee for veterans under law signed by Guadagno

The state will make death certificates for veterans available for free under a law signed today by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

Guadagno — who is acting governor while Gov. Chris Christie is out of state attending the inauguration of Gov. Rick Scott of Florida — signed the measure (A2184) and two others during an appearance at an American Legion post in Brick.

“We take comfort knowing that our men and women in uniform are skilled, committed and willing to confront whatever is necessary, wherever its necessary, whenever its necessary, to preserve our way of life,” said Acting Governor Guadagno. “There will never be an adequate way to recognize and reward our veterans. Today’s bills are just a few steps – important ones – to show New Jersey’s continuing commitment to honoring our service members.”

It costs $25 to obtain a death certificate. Now, deceased veterans’ legal representatives, estate executors or family members won’t have to pay that fee, though they would still need to pay for additional copies or expedited shipping.

As of 2010, there were 463,720 veterans in New Jersey, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The two other measures Guadagno signed designate the second full week in November as “Veterans’ Education Awareness Week” and name the Route 35 bridge between Brielle and Point Pleasant Beach the “Veterans of All Wars Memorial Bridge.”


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