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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.

New Jersey Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

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)