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New Jersey Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of New Jersey, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

NEW JERSEY STATE INFORMATION HOT LINE:
(609) 292-2121

NEW JERSEY STATE WEB SITE:
www.state.nj.us

Criminal Records
Division of State Police
Records and Identification
PO Box 7068
West Trenton NJ 08628-0068
(689) 882-2001
(689) 530-5780 (fax)

Department of Corrections

E-CriminalBackgroundCheck.net

Driving Records
Department of Motor Vehicles
Drivers History Abstract Unit
PO Box 142
Trenton NJ 08666
(609) 292-6500
(no fax number provided)
www.state.nj.us/mvs

Vehicle Ownership Information
Deparment of Motor Vehicles
Certified Information Unit
PO Box 146
Trenton NJ 08666
(609) 292-6500

Vital Statistics
Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Statistics
PO Box 370
Trenton NJ 08625-0370
(609) 292-4097
(609) 392-4292 (fax)
www.state.nj.us/health

Business/Corporate Records
Department of Treatury
Division of Commercial Recording
PO Box 308
Trenton NJ 08625
(602) 292-9292
(no fax number provided)

Workers Compensation Information
Labor Department
Division of Workers Compensation
Fitch Plaza
Trenton NJ 08625
(609) 292-6026
(609) 984-3924 (fax)

UCCs (tax liens available only at county level)
Secretary of State
UCC Division
PO Box 303
Trenton NJ 08625


It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

Note: Government agencies are continually updating and expanding online access to their records; consequently, this page is continually updated and expanded. Check back for the latest information!

City-County Cross Index

ONLINE:
STATE COURT RECORDS - www.judiciary.state.nj.us
(All New Jersey County Superior Courts)

PROPERTY RECORDS - www.taxrecords.com
(All counties)

Atlantic County
5901 Main St.
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
(609) 625-4011

Bergen County
Hudson and Main St., Room 118
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 646-2101

Burlington County
P.O. Box 6000
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
(609) 265-5233

Camden County
5th & Mickle Blvd.
City Hall, Room 103
Camden, NJ 08101
(609) 757-7085

Cape May County
DN 109, Central Mail Room
4 Moore Rd.
Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210-2117
(609) 465-7111

ONLINE: Cape County Tax Records
http://taxrecords.com

Cumberland County
60 W. Broad St.
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
(609) 451-8000

Essex County
P.O. Box 690
Newark, NJ 07101-0690
(201) 621-4448

Glouchester County
P.O. Box 129
Woodbury, NJ 08096-0129
(609) 853-3237

Hudson County
583 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07306-2301
(201) 795-6125

Hunterdon County
71 Main St.
Flemington, NJ 08822
(908) 788-1221

Mercer County
209 S. Broad St.
Trenton, NJ 08650
(609) 989-6465

Middlesex County
1 John F. Kennedy Square
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(908) 745-3000

Monmouth County
1 East Main St.
Freehold, NJ 07728
(908) 431-7387

Morris County
P.O. Box 315
Morristown, NJ 07963-0315
(201) 285-6125

Ocean County
1812 Washington St.
Toms River, NJ 08753
(908) 929-2053

ONLINE: Ocean County Tax Records
www.oceancountyclerk.com/search.htm

Recorder
www.oceancountyclerk.com/records.htm

Passaic County
77 Hamilton St.
Paterson, NJ 07505
(201) 881-4777

Salem County
P.O. Box 18
Salem, NJ 08079-1913
(609) 935-7510

Somerset County
P.O. Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 231-7006

Sussex County
4 Park Place
Newton, NJ 07860
(201) 579-0900

Union County
2 Broad St.
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
(908) 527-4966

Warren County
413 2nd St.
Belvidere, NJ 07823
(908) 475-5361