Health Department

Update To Marriage-Civil Union Requirements


Board Member Term
George McDermott (Pres.)
Kathryn Stanak, (V.P.)
Sharon Pisciotta
George Hays
Frank Italiano
Christine Keelen
Sharon Melton


Councilwoman Kerry Cruz
Councilwoman Allison Sheedy
The regular monthly meetings of the North Arlington Board of Health will be held at 7:00 pm at the Eugene Madden Senior Center, rear of the Health Department, 10 Beaver Avenue, North Arlington. For a full list of meeting dates, please click here.
Colleen Doherty, PHN, Administrator
Phone: 201-955-5695
Vital Statistics
Elaine Lubowiecki, Registrar of Vital Statistics
Phone: 201-955-5695
Fax: 201-955-5696
Health Inspection
Laura Folco, Principal Registered Environmental Health Specialist
Phone: 201-955-5695
Animal Licensing
Public Health Official
Phone: 201-955-5695
For information on our various programs held during the year, please call 201-955-5695
Child Health
A free clinic where uninsured / under insured families may bring infants and pre school children for well baby care and required immunizations. Growth development and nutritional assessments are done with counseling by Public Health Nurses and referrals are given as needed. Mothers of newborns are seen for a pre-clinic interview and given appropriate information and opportunity for questions regarding vaccines and any related concerns. Dr. Miguela Paragas is the attending pediatrician. Required vaccinations for school-age children, 11 years and older, are administered by our staff of Public Health Nurses when needed.
Childhood Lead and Anemia Screening
Public Health Nurses draw capillary blood sample to detect abnormal lead levels and anemia. New Jersey State law requires all children to have a blood lead test at or around 1 year and again at 2 years. Children between the ages of 3-6 years, who have never been tested, should be tested. In addition, high-risk children need more frequent testing.

TB Testing –Testing done when required for students.

Health Risk Assessment / Blood Pressure Screenings

Consultation with a Public Health Nurse. Health risk assessment questionnaire is completed with a client. Counseling is aimed at risk reduction through life style modification when possible. Assessment raises client’s awareness of relationship of life style to state of health. Issues discussed in counseling include, but not limited to; nutrition, exercise, weight reduction, medication, substance abuse, safety, stress management and medical supervision. Appropriate referrals are made when necessary. Service is available on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm, on a walk-in basis.

Home Health Assessment

Public Health Nursing home visits are conducted for well being assessment and referral. The department receives referrals from Police, Fire, EMS, or a concerned family member or neighbor. Establishing partnerships with Community institutions and organizations in working together to serve residents has added to the effectiveness of the service.

Health Education Resources

We have a host of materials on various health related topics available to the community. Educational materials are offered in cooperation with the BERGEN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES.


Multiphasic Health Screening

Annual blood screening includes cholesterol break-down, coronary risk factor, CBC, and chemistry and Thyroid screening. Goal is to provide a low cost blood screening to the community. Provides opportunity for health counseling and referrals for primary health care. Other Screenings provided at additional cost.
Marriages/Civil Unions
In order to apply for a marriage license, the following are required: One of the partners must be a resident of North Arlington. Must show proof of being a North Arlington resident, i.e. Driver’s License, a current (dated) bill (showing name and North Arlington address), or a notarized letter from the landlord.If both are from out of state, the couple must apply in the municipality where the ceremony is to take place. The licenses will be valid ONLY in that municipality. Both must be at least 18 years of age and must present either a Birth Certificate or Passport. If either party is under 18, both parents must sign consent form. One (1) witness must be with you. Witness must be at least 18 years of age.Know both the partners (may be a family member).Be able to speak and understand English.Must be able to provide name, address, and phone number of the Celebrant (Priest, Mayor, Judge, etc.) who will perform the ceremony and the date of when the ceremony is scheduled to take place.If divorced, must bring “Final Divorce Decree” papers showing the Docket number and Judge’s signature.If in a previous Domestic Partnership with another person, must bring termination papers.If in a previous Civil Union with another person, must bring dissolution papers.If partner is deceased, must bring certified copy of death certificate.Provide Social Security Number.Application fee is $28.00 cash and is payable at time of application After applying, there is a 72-hour waiting period before the license can be issued to the couple. (Example: application is done on Monday at 11 am – licensed cannot be picked up until Thursday at 11 am). As soon as the license is picked up, it is given a 30-day expiration date. (Example: license is picked up on 8/22 – license will expire on 9/21). In the event that the ceremony has to be rescheduled, the same license may be used providing the revised date occurs before the expiration date. If not, the license must be voided and the process of applying for a marriage license repeated.In the case of a couple already legally married to or in a civil union with each other and wishing to remarry or reaffirm their civil union (example: they were originally joined in a civil ceremony and later wish to have a religious ceremony), the process is basically the same except:The couple must present proof of the original marriage/civil union in the form of a certified copy.There is no 72-hour waiting period.In order to expedite the process of filing for your Marriage or Civil Union License Application, you may find a printable copy of the APPLICATION FORM on line by clicking on THIS LINK.Download the form to your computer, print it out, and follow the instructions on the website for filling out the form.PLEASE FILL OUT ALL THE INFORMATION REQUIRED ON THE PRINTED FORM, BUT PLEASE DO NOT SIGN THE COMPLETED FORM! BRING THE COMPLETED FORM WITH YOU TO THE NORTH ARLINGTON HEALTH DEPARTMENT. IT CAN ONLY BE SIGNED IN THE PRESENCE OF THE REGISTRAR OF VITAL STATISTICS AFTER THE OATH IS ADMINISTERED TO YOU, YOUR FUTURE PARTNER, AND YOUR WITNESS.DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS – Couples wishing to register in a Domestic Partnership can be of the same or different sex, but must be 62 years of age or over. They must meet the following requirements:Share a common residence in NJ or any other jurisdiction provided that at least one of the applicants is a member of a NJ State-administered retirement system.Both persons are jointly responsible for each other’s common welfare as evidenced by joint financial arrangements or joint ownership of real or personal property;Both persons agree to be jointly responsible for each other’s basic living expenses during the domestic partnership.Neither applicant is in a marriage or civil union recognized by NJ law or a member of another domestic partnership.Neither person is related to the other by blood or affinity up to and including the fourth degree of consanguinity.Both persons have chosen to share each other’s lives in a committed relationship of mutual caring.Neither applicant has terminated another domestic partnership within the last 180 days. (This prohibition shall not apply when the previous partnership ended due to the death of the other partner.)

Call the North Arlington Health Department for further information at 201-955-5695.

Vital Records – Certified Copies

Certified copies of Marriage Licenses and Birth and Death Certificates of those events occurring in the Borough of North Arlington may be obtained from the Registrar. A certified copyis a true photostatic reproduction from an image of an original record and contains the registrar’s signature and raised seal of the issuing municipality. It represents official proof of an occurrence.A completed request form, obtainable at the registrar’s office, is required along with a photo ID or two other forms of ID. When applying by mail, a written letter serves as the request form. It must contain the information below and be accompanied by two forms of ID. The fee is $10 per certified copy. Checks may be made payable to the North Arlington Health Department.Only the following are eligible to receive certified copies and must provide specific information:

Marriage Licenses/Civil Union Licenses , Domestic Partnership Certificates
Relationship to Couple Information Needed
Either Partner Exact Names Of Both Partners
Parents Exact Place Of Ceremony
Children Exact Date Of Ceremony
Legal Guardian or Representative
Death Certificates
Relationship to Subject Information Needed
Surviving Partner Exact Name on Record
Parents Exact Place Of Death
Children Exact Date Of Death
Legal Guardian or Representative
Birth Certificates
Relationship to Subject Information Needed
Self Exact Name on Record
Parents Exact Place Of Birth
Current Partner Exact Date Of Birth
Children Mother’s Maiden Name
Grandchildren Father’s Name (When Recorded)
Legal Guardian or Representative

Certified copies may also be obtained by court order, an agent or agencies of a state, local, or federal government for official purposes, or the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services under other emergent circumstances.

Pet Licenses


IMPORTANT: If your pet’s rabies vaccination expires BEFORE NOVEMBER 1, 2015, IT MUST BE REPEATED in order for you to renew its license. STATE LAW PROHIBITS THE ISSUANCE OF A LICENSE IF THE RABIES IMMUNIZATION EXPIRES BEFORE NOVEMBER 1, 2015. In order to accommodate those who fall into this category, the Borough allows for a 2-month grace period (until March 31) to have your pet immunized. Also, the North Arlington Health Department has scheduled its RABIES CLINIC for Thursday, January 22, 2015, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Legion Place Firehouse. Please be aware that the rabies clinic is a State program, which permits you to have your pet immunized at any municipal rabies clinic regardless of residency. Another option for a free vaccine is the Bergen County Animal Shelter (201-229-4600); proof of Bergen County residency is required.

A late fee of $25 per household will be enforced for those who have not complied by March 31, 2015, followed by summons after April 30, 2015.

DOGS & CATS LICENSE FEES $ 10.00 (spayed / neutered) $ 13.00 (non-spayed / neutered)


Checks may be made payable to the North Arlington Health Department located at 10 Beaver Ave., North Arlington, NJ 07031. Hours of operation are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Those paying by cash are asked to bring the EXACT AMOUNT. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office at 201-955-5695.

Rabies Control

The North Arlington Board of Health would like to remind residents that Rabies is still a potential threat to public health. In order to help safeguard pets and their owners against rabies, the Health Department offers a free Rabies Clinic each year, usually held the second week in May. Licenses may also be obtained at this Clinic.Rabies, a viral disease affecting warm-blooded animals, is transmittable to humans. Most commonly the virus is spread when an infected animal bites either another animal or human, causing a break in the skin and contamination with the infectious saliva. Instances of non-bite exposure resulting in Rabies can occur when an existing wound or a mucous membrane is contaminated with infected saliva.While there are a variety of animals that can transmit the Rabies virus, the most hazardous to man are: the raccoon, woodchuck, fox, skunk, dogs and cats. Animals that are not at high risk for Rabies are: hamsters, squirrels, guinea pigs, chipmunks, rats, mice and gerbils. Stray cats are particularly vulnerable to contracting the Rabies virus through contact with wildlife. Any sighting of stray animals should be reported to the local health or police department in order for an animal control officer to investigate. In addition, the public should refrain from feeding or handling stray animals. Symptoms of possible rabies infection in an animal would be: aggressive or unusual behavior, foaming at the mouth, lack of coordination, lethargy or seizures.Pet owners are advised to notify the local health department or police if their dog or cat has been bitten or attacked by another animal. Persons who have been bitten should notify the local health department or police of the incident as soon as possible.Preventative steps to protect your pet from Rabies include timely vaccination, licensing, and keeping the pet leashed or from running loose.