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About New Jersey Open Public Records
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.
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  • How can I find information on the people who bought a house next door to me in New Jersey?
    Look for reverse address searches; there are several online for free. Getting official property records depends on the county and that county's retrieval system unless you request directly from the clerk's office in person.
  • How do I find the mortgage or deed of trust for our house in New Jersey and who has possession of our promissory note?
    The County Clerk's Offices in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties all offer online access to mortgages, deeds, liens, and other recorded documents.
  • How do I remove or expunge my criminal record, so that I can find work in New Jersey?
    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.
  • How do I find in New Jersey, a bankruptcy?
    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.
  • How can I find in New Jersey, if a person was indicted by a grand jury?
    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.
  • Where can I find in New Jersey who owns a particular property?
    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.
  • Where can I find in New Jersey if I have a court date?
    Follow the link https://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/You will be taken to the state's judicial home page; on the top is a drop-down menu that shows local courts; once you're on the court's site, you'll see their services on the right side menu. Unless the case is in the higher courts, there is a link to various calendars.
  • Where can I find in New Jersey, if non-government organizations are required to provide their records under this act?
    There have been cases where the private entity was acting on the behalf or instead of a public agency. There was a case involving a large phone company performing contract work for a government agency. I believe these instances can blur the line between public entity and private companies and their public record obligation.
  • Where do I find the number of local arrest warrants per municipality in New Jersey?
    Warrants are generally issued by the court/judge but can be viewed on few law enforcement agency sites openly. This is a concern of an individual checking of their own status but do not want to contact the police. Using Bergen county sheriffs as an example, has a webpage showing their most wanted and a warrants page with mug-shots and offender posters. It is important to mention the area, city or county of your search.
  • Where can I find access to arrest reports in New Jersey?
    Arrest reports, arrest records, and criminal background checks are different. An arrest report will generally contain more details than a record of arrest. Background checks, in most instances, will not have an arrest history as they tend only to show convictions. Arrests do not always result in convictions and therefore are not considered the same as criminal records. To find arrest reports, you must contact the law enforcement agency that made the arrest. For help with locating the individual police or sheriff's department, crime mapping is a free source that can be used if you know the location. Online news outlets publish arrestees and some facts about the incident. If the individual was charged and went to court, you could see case details as they tend to be considered public information. There are conditions and policies attached to releasing arrest reports to individuals. The guidelines can affect when and who is eligible to receive the arrest report. The policies can be viewed on the individual law enforcement department's website, many with separate web pages for their records divisions. You can use a crime mapping site to narrow possible departments that may have the information if you know what the arrest was for. The closer you get to the source, the better the info; papers may not have all the information put up by the arresting agency in their inmate rosters (seeds).
  • How do I find out in New Jersey, if a person won the lottery?
    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.
New Jersey Free Public Records Directory

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

New Jersey Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    18,375
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    262
  • Rape:
    1,531
  • Robbery:
    5,730
  • Aggravated Assault:
    10,852
  • Total Property Crime:
    118,637
  • Burglary:
    16,399
  • Larceny Theft:
    91,902
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    10,336
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
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