New Jersey Public Records: How to obtain public records in New Jersey

The New Jersey Public Records & Archives has one of the most extensive public records systems in the nation. Every possible public record you would wish to obtain may be obtained here although some records do require special permission to view.

With records available since 1878, the New Jersey main website includes access to state archives, located at the online location:
With dozens of extra features on-line, the NJPRA goes beyond most systems available and boasts over 33,000 cubic feet of information in the physical archives.  There is also a public database for all of the war damages committed during the period of 1176-1782.

To request copies of all public records, be sure to research any fees that could be charged for each copy. Make sure your checks or money orders are made payable to the New Jersey General Treasury. All certificates are available to be obtained by the following means:

By mail – You can mail your fees and forms to the below address:
NJ Vital Statistics
Customer Service Unit
P.O. Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370

In Person – You can visit the main office by going to:
New Jersey State Archives
225 West State Street
P.O. Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307

Electronically – Many of the records are available for free online at:
Some records must be paid for but the above database is an extensive collection of all records available in the state of New Jersey.

Questions – Call (609) 292-6260 for general information. Before processing any requests, remember you must provide a photocopy of your identification.

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