New Jersey Public Records

New Jersey’s version of the freedom of information act is called the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, New Jersey Public Law 2001, c. 404 is the state law governing access to public records in New Jersey. New Jersey provides a website with a records request form and contact information for various state agencies, to simplify the process of requesting records from any state agency. Under this law, which replaces the “Right to Know Law” and expands the public’s right of access to government records, creates an administrative appeals process, and defines what records are considered “government records” and which records are exempt from public access.

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More About New Jersey

New Jersey is the country’s fourth-smallest state, but has the country’s eleventh-largest population. As of 2016, the New Jersey population was estimated to be 8,944,469 people.

It is one of the nation’s wealthiest states and its thriving economy brings in people from around the world. New Jersey is part of the tri-state area, and much of it is in the New York City Metropolitan area while the rest is within the Philadelphia metropolitan area, but New Jersey has its own large cities, most notably its capital city, Trenton. The entire tri-state area is considered very fluid, with people moving freely throughout the states. Therefore, even if conducting a background search on a person who is local, you may want to consider looking at the neighboring state of New York and Pennsylvania, in addition to running a search in New Jersey.


New Jersey Vital Records

The State of New Jersey Department of Health handles vital records for the state of New Jersey. Many of these records can be ordered online, but are also available in local offices.

Birth Records

In New Jersey, you can order a birth certificate online, through the Office of Vital Statistics, or through the local Vital Records Office. To obtain a birth certificate, you may be asked to show identification to prove a relationship.

Death Records

In New Jersey, you can order a death certificate online, through the Office of Vital Statistics, or through the local Vital Records Office. To obtain a death certificate for a death that occurred more than 40 years ago, you need to look for genealogical records rather than vital statistics.

Marriage Records

In New Jersey, you may request marriage records and civil union records through the Office of Vital Statistics or the local Vital Records Office.

Divorce Records

Many of New Jersey’s legal filings are available online at the New Jersey Court’s website, but if you are unable to find records online, you can go to the Clerk of the Court that granted the divorce.

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