Request a public record

The Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is a state law provides public access to certain government records (both paper and electronic).

This is for general information requests. If you are looking for police or health records, those are handled differently:

Need to know

  • You need to make your request in writing
  • Anyone can file a request
  • Costs:
    • Free to inspect in-person
    • Paper copies, 5 to 7 cents per page
    • Media (CD, DVD), cost of material
    • Delivery, postage cost varies
    • Special service charge, depends on complexity of request

Before you start

Be as specific as possible in your request. This helps us find exactly what you are looking for. Let us know what records you are looking for, including any dates if you know them. If a request is overly broad, it could be denied. If you are not sure what to ask for, contact us before you make the request.

Steps

  1. Complete and sign the record request form.
  2. Submit the form electronically.

What's next

Once we receive the request, we will review it and determine if we can respond. We will respond to some simple requests immediately.

For other records, we will respond within 7 business days of getting the request. The response will either include the records requested or a time estimate for how long it will take us to provide the records.

Get help

Zina Van Ness
Executive Assistant

(908) 725-2300
ext. 1984
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