New Jersey Public Records
New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act defines public records as property records, deeds, mortgages, judgments, liens, land records, photographs, maps, meeting minutes, letters, ordinances, laws, license information, vital records, and more. The Act establishes the right of the public to access and copy these records.
Examples of records deemed restricted to public access include criminal investigation records, legislative records, medical examiner records, private personal information, trade secrets & proprietary information, and victims records.
Below are the more useful and in-demand databases at the state level. Click on the drop-down menus found in the side margin to find more resources not shown on this page.
- Court System - The New Jersey court system has four levels. At the first level is the Municipal Court, which handles motor vehicle offenses, misdemeanors & violations. At the second is the Superior Court, which is the trial court. Superior cases include criminal misdemeanors, felonies, juvenile matters, civil cases, and family cases (disputes involving children & spouses). Also at this level is the Tax Court, which reviews decisions of county boards of taxation and the State Division of Taxation. At the third level is the Appellate Division of Superior Court, which reviews opinions from lower courts. At the top level is the New Jersey Supreme Court, which reviews Appellate Division cases and those from lower courts. New Jersey Court Records
- Criminal Records - Each Superior Court has a Criminal Division. Felony and Juvenile cases are handled at the Superior Courts. Misdemeanors and DWI/DUI cases are handled in the Municipal Courts. To search databases for criminal records, and find information about ordering official state searches, review our New Jersey Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records - Birth and death certificates and marriage records are available from: New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services, State Registrar Search Unit, PO Box 370, Trenton, NJ 08625-0370, 609-292-4087, Fax 609-392-4292. Visit our Birth Records page to find births and christenings databases covering years 1660 to 1980; the Social Security Death Index for New Jersey, and city & county death, cemetery & obituary records; links to historical marriage databases going back to 1666 and up through 1985; and information about ordering copies of divorce records from the Superior Court.
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|Campaign Finance |
NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission campaign finance and lobbyist databases.
|Civil War Photographs |
Browse this New Jersey Department of State archives collection by name for photographs of Civil War soldiers.
|Corporations & Companies |
New Jersey corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, business trade names, trade marks, trade service marks, and other business registrations.
|Criminal | Combined Records Pay Site|
Search Systems Premium database of combined New Jersey criminal records, including statewide Administrative Office of Court felony records, Department of Corrections inmate records, released and paroled offenders, and the Registered Offender registry.
|Criminal | Histories Information|
Information from the New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety on who may order and how to obtain criminal histories in New Jersey.
|Employee Phone Directory |
New Jersey state employee phone directory. Provides name, department code, agency, PO, and phone number.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in New Jersey instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce resources for finding jobs in New Jersey.
|Marriages 1678-1985 |
Search approximately 800,000 New Jersey marriage records filed between 1678 and 1985.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in New Jersey to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Missing Persons |
New Jersey State Police missing persons and unidentified bodies case lists.
|Property | Owners & Assessments |
Use this Asbury Park Press service to search for New Jersey property owners, assessments, and taxes by county, city, and address, by owner name, or by property class and description code.
|Property | Tax Boards |
Click on Records Search to search this New Jersey Association of County Tax Boards by county for property ownership and tax information.
|Property | Taxrecords.com |
Taxrecords.com property records in New Jersey. Requires a taxrecords.com account and login. Searches by owner name or statewide require a paid taxrecords subscription.
|Public Notices |
Use this service of the New Jersey Press Association to search their database of New Jersey public notices by newspaper or county, date range, and/or specific word or phrase.
Search by county or school name for schools in New Jersey. Provides school name, E.S. #, report card, city, principal name, address, and phone number.
|September 11 Victims from NJ |
View this listing of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks reported to the New Jersey State Police to view name, DOB, town, county, date posted and whether posting was removed.
Browse by name for New Jersey State Services.
New Jersey Permanent Statutes by Title, keyword, or phrase.
|Tax Assessors |
Browse by county name for the names, addresses, and hours of County Tax Assessors in New Jersey.
|Tax Debtors - Top 100 Individual Debtors (pdf) |
Download this Adobe Acrobat pdf file to browse by amount owed the list of top 100 Individual New Jersey state tax debtors. Provides name, city, date of judgment, docket number, and amount owed.
|Trade Names, Trade Marks & Trade Service Marks |
Search by name/business location, name/filing date, or owner name/location for trade names, trade marks & trade service marks in New Jersey. Provided name and filing number. Details are available from the state for a fee.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search by name for unclaimed property in New Jersey. Provides name, address, city, city code, and instructions & form for making a claim.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Search Uniform Commercial Code filings in New Jersey by name or filing number, and you may receive your results as a status report, copies only, or status report with copies. Basic results including name, city, filing number, status, and filing date are free, details and document copies require a fee.
|Uniform Commercial Code | by Date Pay Site|
Search by date range to purchase and download New Jersey UCC filings that have been filed within the specified time period.