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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 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)
  • 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?
    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 you find out if a person was indicted by 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 do get a charge remove? because I can't get no jobs?
    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)

New Jersey Arrest Records


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

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

New Jersey Missing Children


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

  • Missing: My'asia Thomas
    My'asia Thomas, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/18/2020. Missing From Hackensack, Nj. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Hackensack Police Department (new Jersey) 1-201-646-7777.
    September 26, 2020
  • Missing: Makaelah Bynes
    Makaelah Bynes, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/13/2020. Missing From Bridgewater, Nj. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bridgewater Police Department (new Jersey) 1-908-722-4111.
    September 24, 2020
  • Missing: Mariah Lefkowitz
    Mariah Lefkowitz, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/13/2020. Missing From Bridgewater, Nj. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Bridgewater Police Department (new Jersey) 1-908-722-4111.
    September 24, 2020
  • Missing: Kimberly Martinez
    Kimberly Martinez, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/27/2020. Missing From Barnegat, Nj. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Barnegat Police Department (new Jersey) 1-609-698-5000.
    September 23, 2020
  • Missing: Jocelyn Zavekas
    Jocelyn Zavekas, Age Now: 18, Missing: 09/11/2020. Missing From Sicklerville, Nj. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Winslow Township Police Department (new Jersey) 1-609-561-3300.
    September 18, 2020
  • Missing: Quinia Jones
    Quinia Jones, Age Now: 14, Missing: 08/10/2020. Missing From Atco, Nj. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Waterford Township Police Department (new Jersey) 1-856-783-4900.
    September 16, 2020

New Jersey Recent Criminal Activity Reports


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

New Jersey Missing People


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

New Jersey Latest Crime Records (Updated 09/28/2020)

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New Jersey American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 09/28/2020)

  • 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
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in New Jersey
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of New Jersey Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • 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
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • 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
  • Statewide income of median households in New Jersey
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of New Jersey
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and New Jersey territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile