New Jersey Public Records

About New Jersey Open Public Record

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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New Jersey Free Public Records Directory


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

Ask Questions, About New Jersey

  • 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 where its located and that county's retrieval system unless you are requesting in person directly from the clerk's office. (Staff)
  • 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 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in New Jersey, who owns a certain 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. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in New Jersey, if I have a court date?
    Follow the link will be taken to the state's judicial home page, on the top is a drop down menu that show local courts, once you're in 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 links to a variety of calendars. (Staff)
  • Where can I find access to arrest reports in New Jersey?
    Arrest reports, arrest records, criminal background checks are not necessarily the same. An arrest report will generally contain more details than a record of arrest. Background checks in most instances will not have arrest history as they tend to only show convictions. Arrests do not always result in convictions and therefore are not considered the same as criminal records. To find arrest reports you will generally need to contact the law enforcement agency which made the arrest. For help with locating the individual police or sheriffs department, crime mapping is a free source which 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 can see case details as they tend to be considered public information. There are conditions and policies attached to releasing arrest reports to individuals. The policies 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 webpages for their records divisions. You can use a crime mapping sites if you know what the arrest was for, to narrow possible departments which may have the information. The closer you get to the source, the better the info, papers may not have all the information that is put up by the arresting agency in their inmate rosters (original sources). (Staff)
  • Where can I find in New Jersey, how to access and get a copy of a DUI back in 2012, if I now live in Florida?
    It shouldn't matter where you are when searching for records online unless you are require to go into the physical location. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)

New Jersey Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/21/2021)

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New Jersey American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/21/2021)

  • About New Jersey ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates
    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.
  • About New Jersey Selected Social Characteristics
    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.
  • About New Jersey Selected Economic Characteristics
    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.
  • About New Jersey Selected Housing Characteristics
    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.