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In 2002 New Jersey's Open Public Records act (OPRA) which states that all government records shall be readily accessible to the citizens of the state became effective. The Government Records Council (GRC) is in place to ensure that these statutes are working for the people. There are certain records exempt from the law, and these exceptions are spelled out fully in the statutes. New Jersey also has an Open Public Meetings Act which ensures the public access to a large number of government meetings. There are 21 counties and a total of 566 municipalities in New Jersey. It is the most densely populated state, and the median household income is the third wealthiest in the United States. New Jersey became the third state in the Union on December 18, 1787. New Jersey was the first northern state to abolish new slavery and enact laws to slowly phase out existing slavery. New Jersey is known as one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse states. Access to criminal history records and background checks are available through New Jersey's State Police. Find New Jersey public records maintained by the state. These documents are open to the general public and are available through official government websites. Learn how to request vital records such as birth and death records from the state files. Discover how to access criminal history records and judicial files of court case records. See crime statistics and reports for the state. View census population numbers and find out about New Jersey demographics. Obtain state property and land valuation information and housing and real estate data. Find links leading to individual city and county sites detailing facts about government procedures, public services and resources, and general community information. Discover information regarding employment income data including unemployment figures. Obtain information relating to New Jersey residents education and background histories. A breakdown showing gender and ethnic background of private persons who own businesses in New Jersey is also available. Read local interest stories and current news reports. Information on this page is updated on a continual basis.

New Jersey Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

New Jersey Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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Questions, Answers and Comments About New Jersey

  • Question: How do I find out info on the people who bought house next door to me
    By Prettypenny
    Aug 10, 2017
    Reply:

    Look for reverse address searches, there are several online for free. Getting official property records depends on the county where its located and that county's retrieval system unless you are requesting in person directly from the clerk's office.

    By david
    May 08, 2018
  • Question: How do I find out if a person won the lottery?
    By Lori
    Oct 07, 2016
    Reply:

    Search these terms: "Frequently Asked Questions - Disclosures/Public Record New Jersey", and you will see state.nj.us page in the search engine results. This page will show you how to request from the New Jersey lottery and the treasure department. You can see were to submit a request according to the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) with step by step instructions.

    By AllenDimitri
    Oct 07, 2016
  • Question: I want to see the mortgage or deed of trust for our house. I am trying to find out who has possession of our promissory note.
    By Dee
    Jun 22, 2016
    Reply:

    You can search these counties for free: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Cape May County, Mercer County Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County and Passaic County. There may be others, these counties are included from the New Jersey County Recording's website, just put that name is a search browser. Without knowing which county, it's hard to say where and how to get those records, either free or with a free from that department.

    By adm
    Jun 22, 2016
  • Question: How can you find out if a person was indicted by grand jury?
    By Sandy
    Mar 02, 2016
    Reply:

    The New Jersey court's webpage states: Documents that are available to the general public include: Indictments/Accusations..... (and many other types or court records). There's an online form that is required, also provided on the same webpage are steps on how to request their indictments and other records. A browser search of "Records Requests - New Jersey Courts" should take you to that page. The form is one page and there's a small fee from the court/clerks. The form is not county specific, but asks the request to specify the county, division, and court venue.

    By adm
    Jun 16, 2016
  • Question: How do I do get a charge remove? because I can't get no jobs.
    By Yamile
    Apr 22, 2016
    Reply:

    Courts mention (through their websites) the process in which to remove/expunge criminal records. Depending on the county or court venue, it is generally a petition or lawsuit to the court. Misdemeanors are often treated differently from felony convictions. There aren't any guarantees that the petition will be granted, at the least not by the courts. You will usually need legal representation, however, there doesn't seem to be any restrictions against self representation. There are advocate groups or legal services such as the Council on Crime and Justice which will be very helpful, even by simply reading their content they put out for the public. This group has seminars to help people looking to correct or erase past criminal information. The New Jersey courts have this on pdf "How to Expunge Your Criminal and/or Juvenile Record", it's a good place to start to familiarize yourself with the process.

    By bradley
    Jun 13, 2016
  • Question: How to find a bankruptcy?
    By Jane
    Mar 20, 2016
    Reply:

    Try searching above under New Jersey Free Court Records Search. You can enter the filer's name or other keywords to narrow the search even further. After finding records, if any, you can see about getting more information. Using free searches like these are helpful for reference later on when looking up public records. Click on the "Court Records" link to the right to jump to the search windows.

    By adm
    Mar 21, 2016
  • Question: How do I find out who owns a certain property
    By Patrick
    Jan 11, 2016
    Reply:

    Search for "New Jersey Property Search - Tax Records" and you will get Monmouth, NJ Assessment Records Search. Even if your property search is not in Monmouth, you can go to other counties from the same webpage/database.

    By adm
    Feb 24, 2016
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New Jersey Free Arrest Records

Published current arrests, charges and information released by law enforcement and news

  • Essex County Sheriff’s Office NEWS RELEASE November 27, 2018 Contact: Sheriff Armando Fontoura (973) 621-4105  Irvington – An early morning motor vehicle stop led to the arrests of two suspects on narcotics and weapons charges by Essex County sheriff’s officers. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that uniformed officers in a marked vehicle from his department’s Patrol
    November 27, 2018
    Source: essexsheriff.com
  • A 15-year-old male from Camden was charged with fatally shooting another 15-year-old male on November 13, 2018. Camden County Police located the victim suffering from multiple ... The post Juvenile Arrested and Charged for Camden Homicide – November 21, 2018 appeared first on Office of the Prosecutor Camden County.
    November 21, 2018
    Source: camdencountypros.org
  • Essex County Sheriff’s Office NEWS RELEASE November 9, 2018 Contact: Sheriff Armando Fontoura (973) 621-4105  Irvington – An alleged drug dealer was arrested last night by Essex County sheriff’s detectives and nearly $20,000 in ‘crack’ cocaine was recovered. Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that plainclothes officers from his department’s Bureau of Narcotics staged a surveillance operation
    November 12, 2018
    Source: essexsheriff.com
  • Cahlil Felix, 23, of Pennsauken and Kelly Joyner-Stewart, 23, of Philadelphia, were charged in connection with a shooting that killed Jovany Torres. Camden County Police responded ... The post Two Charged in October Homicide – November 4, 2018 appeared first on Office of the Prosecutor Camden County.
    November 04, 2018
    Source: camdencountypros.org
  • Essex County Sheriff’s Office NEWS RELEASE October 30, 2018 Contact: Sheriff Armando Fontoura (973) 621-4105  Newark – A high ranking member of the Almighty Latin Kings street gang and two other suspects were arrested in a pre-dawn raid today on multiple drug charges at a North Ward Newark residence by a law enforcement task force
    November 01, 2018
    Source: essexsheriff.com
  • Essex County Sheriff’s Office NEWS RELEASE October 31, 2018 Contact: Sheriff Armando Fontoura (973) 621-4105 Newark – A suspected drug dealer was arrested this morning by Essex County sheriff’s detectives on weapons and narcotics charges Sheriff Armando Fontoura stated that as part of on-going investigations into open-air drug trafficking in Newark’s North Ward his department’s
    November 01, 2018
    Source: essexsheriff.com

New Jersey Most Wanted and Warrants

View a list of names, offender descriptions, location, charges and other information of persons wanted by police and sheriffs

  • Pedro Quinnoez was apprehended and is no longer wanted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.
    March 23, 2018
    Source: capemaycountyherald.com
  • Quenzel Members, 22, is wanted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.
    March 19, 2018
    Source: capemaycountyherald.com
  • Anthony Moyer, 53, is wanted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.
    March 02, 2018
    Source: capemaycountyherald.com
  • Erik Miller turned himself in and is no longer wanted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.
    February 21, 2018
    Source: capemaycountyherald.com
  • David Hawkins is in custody in Philadelphia and is no longer wanted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.
    January 26, 2018
    Source: capemaycountyherald.com
  • The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Camden County Police Department and the United States Marshals Service are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a Clementon male ... The post Detectives Seeking Public’s Assistance in Locating Individual Charged with Murder – January 19, 2018 appeared first on Office of the Prosecutor Camden County.
    January 19, 2018
    Source: camdencountypros.org

New Jersey Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Harri Goodwin
    Harri Goodwin, Age Now: 17, Missing: 11/16/2018. Missing From Teterboro, Nj. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bergen County Sheriff's Office (new Jersey) 1-201-646-2222.
    November 28, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Christian Wolski
    Christian Wolski, Age Now: 17, Missing: 10/24/2018. Missing From Red Bank, Nj. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Red Bank Police Department (new Jersey) 1-732-530-2700.
    November 27, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Erasmo Zamora Cortez
    Erasmo Zamora Cortez, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/31/2018. Missing From Jersey City, Nj. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Jersey City Police Department (new Jersey) 1-201-547-5477.
    November 20, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Isis Rodriguez-cerrato
    Isis Rodriguez-cerrato, Age Now: 15, Missing: 11/02/2018. Missing From Jersey City, Nj. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Jersey City Police Department (new Jersey) 1-201-547-5477.
    November 20, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Giovanni Montanez
    Giovanni Montanez, Age Now: 15, Missing: 10/30/2018. Missing From Jersey City, Nj. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Jersey City Police Department (new Jersey) 1-201-547-5494.
    November 14, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Thomas Kolding
    Thomas Kolding, Age Now: 15, Missing: 10/30/2018. Missing From Mountain Lakes, Nj. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Mountain Lakes Police Department (new Jersey) 1-973-334-1413.
    November 06, 2018
    Source: missingkids.com

New Jersey Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

  • Incident ID: 901340552
    Case Number: 201900000605-1
    Incident Date: 01-14-2019
    Incident Type Primary: CONTEMPT - DISOBEDIENCE TO THE ORDER OF THE COURT
    Address of Incident
    City of Incident: Moorestown
    State of Incident: New Jersey
  • Incident ID: 901347309
    Case Number: 201900000602-1
    Incident Date: 01-14-2019
    Incident Type Primary: CRIMINAL MISCHIEF W/DAMAGE, SHOPLIFTING GENERAL
    Address of Incident
    City of Incident: Moorestown
    State of Incident: New Jersey
  • Incident ID: 901423437
    Case Number: 201900000586-1
    Incident Date: 01-14-2019
    Incident Type Primary: AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH WEAPON
    Address of Incident
    City of Incident: Moorestown
    State of Incident: New Jersey
  • Incident ID: 901024330
    Case Number: 201900000535-1
    Incident Date: 01-13-2019
    Incident Type Primary: CRIMINAL MISCHIEF W/DAMAGE
    Address of Incident
    City of Incident: Moorestown
    State of Incident: New Jersey
  • Incident ID: 901024328
    Case Number: 201900000437-2
    Incident Date: 01-11-2019
    Incident Type Primary: THEFT BY DECEPTION CREATE FALSE IMPRESSION, FRAUD-FALSE STATEMENT TO OBTAIN PROPERTY
    Address of Incident
    City of Incident: Moorestown
    State of Incident: New Jersey
  • Incident ID: 901024332
    Case Number: 201900000466-2
    Incident Date: 01-11-2019
    Incident Type Primary: TERRORISTIC THREATS - THREATEN TO KILL, VIOLATION OF RESTRAINING ORDER
    Address of Incident
    City of Incident: Moorestown
    State of Incident: New Jersey

New Jersey Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

New Jersey Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/19/2019)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    23,346
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    349
  • Rape:
    1,274
  • Robbery:
    10,498
  • Aggravated Assault:
    11,225
  • Total Property Crime:
    154,993
  • Burglary:
    31,710
  • Larceny Theft:
    111,578
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    11,705

New Jersey American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/19/2019)

  • New Jersey's demographic and housing ACS survey of 8,874,374 being 2.83 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.8% males and 51.2% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The New Jersey social characteristics data of 3,188,498 households, which make up 2.74 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 2,208,075 families with and without children. There are 2,288,364 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The New Jersey American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 7,080,181 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 2.85 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 4,688,186 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • New Jersey housing characteristics are collected from 3,572,138 dwellings making up 2.69 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 3,188,498 or uninhabited 383,640 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 3,188,498 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

New Jersey Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    8,791,894
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    8,414,378
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    5%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    377,544
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    8,414,350
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    555,282
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    2,045,848
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    24%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    14%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    1,173,024
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    6,029,248
  • State's black resident population
    1,204,826
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    29,026
  • State's Asian resident population
    725,726
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    3,043
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    240,303
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    1,555,144
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    5,214,878
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    69%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    14%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    8%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    18%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    59%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in New Jersey
  • Births
    116,063
  • Deaths
    69,662
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    601
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    89%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of New Jersey Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    20%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    28%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    87%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    34%
  • Total number of Veterans
    505,290
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in New Jersey
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    30 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    3,526,453
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    216,166
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    7%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    67%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $356,800
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    36%
  • Total number of households
    3,152,877
  • Average size of households
    3
  • New Jersey Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $34,566
  • Statewide income of median households in New Jersey
    $68,444
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    9%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $428,425
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $49,511
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    4,536,661
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    418,294
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    9%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    5,128,341
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    372,962
  • People employed by the government
    656,710
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    303,648,264
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    59,210
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    238,440
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    580,217
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    19,993,613
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of New Jersey
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    781,687
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    8%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    7%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    9%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    27%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    116,608,094
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    233,413,004
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    124,813,580
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    14,453
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and New Jersey territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    12,421
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    2,070,891
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    733,450
  • Size in square miles of land
    7,417
  • Population per square mile
    1,185
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