Making the Most of New Jersey Public Records
Find information on individuals or property with state of New Jersey public records
Making the most of New Jersey public records will require you to have a guide or referral. You can conduct Internet searches of many government agencies for free but you will spend a lot of time looking at irrelevant links and websites if you have no idea where to start.
You will first need to obtain some basic information on the individual or property you are seeking information on. For example, if you are seeking information on an individual for the purposes of a background check, it will be helpful to know some addresses where that person has previously lived.
There are three general types of public records in New Jersey:
- New Jersey criminal records that include files on registered sex offenders, past convictions or current information on current inmates in a particular prison. These records can help you investigate individuals such as prospective employees.
- New Jersey divorce records, consumer protection information or legislation minutes. You may find these records helpful when researching a product or political candidate.
- Real estate records like property appraisals, ownership and taxes. These types of records can be useful when buying or selling a home.
Find New Jersey open public records from local government agencies
City and county clerks in New Jersey can frequently provide a great deal of current information on an individual when you know their name and address.
Learn more about the laws regarding free New Jersey public records
The records that are publicly available vary widely by state. You will want to have at least a general idea of what information you can expect to find before conducting your search.
- The Office of the Attorney General summarizes the procedure for accessing information under the Open Public Records Act. The State of New Jersey Vehicle Commission provides the specific steps needed to obtain an abstract of your driving record.
Search state of New Jersey public records
Many cities and counties in New Jersey maintain a variety of records on individuals and property that are freely available to the general public.
- The Union County Clerk’s Office allows you to search for land records by name, book and page, instrument and date. The Office of the County Clerk for Atlantic County provides an online search of public records for both guests and account holders.
Exhaust free sources of information before you consider paying for criminal records in New Jersey. Sites that charge a fee may only provide information you could obtain elsewhere for free. Fortunately, libraries frequently subscribe to services that you would normally need to pay a fee to access. You should also bear in mind that many public records are simply not available online. Bringing on third-party employee screening consultants can help your business screen employees without the hassle of a public records search.
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