Criminal records in the state of New Jersey and the instructions on how to access them can be searched on the websites of different law enforcement agencies.
In the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety website (http://www.state.nj.us/oag/), you can begin by searching "New Jersey Criminal Records". From the search results, click "New Jersey State Police". The webpage provides instructions on how to obtain criminal history record information for various purposes. All the records of criminal sentences in the New Jersey state courts and unresolved cases of violation of New Jersey laws can be obtained from the State Bureau of Identification under the New Jersey State Police. As long as the records are not yet deleted, they can be accessed by licensed private detectives and attorneys-at-law who seek records to be used in court proceedings; by individuals who request a personal criminal record for the purpose of naturalization, immigration, good conduct, visa, international adoption, foreign business, and expungment; and by governmental entities for purposes of employment, licensing, and procurement of services.
The requests for the criminal history record information shall be made by submitting the forms prescribed by the Superintendent of the State Police. The access to criminal records shall be paid to the Division of State Police- State Bureau of Identification. In addition, an individual may perform a personal criminal history record check through electronic live scan on approved websites. Morpho Trak, Inc., the live scan fingerprinting service that is used by the New Jersey State Police, should be contacted to schedule a time and place for the recording of fingerprints. Setting the appointment can be done any time by accessing this site: www.bioapplicant.com/nj. Another option is to contact Morpho Trak via telephone (toll-free) 1-877-503-5981, Monday through Friday, 8a.m. to 5p.m., or Saturday, 8a.m. to 12 noon. The next step is to download the appropriate Universal Form (in PDF file) from the New Jersey State Police website. The required form depends on the purpose of performing the criminal records check. Complete the form accurately and bring it to your scheduled fingerprint appointment along with a proper identification card. Make sure to enter your complete and correct mailing address on the form in order to avoid delays in the mailing of the results of your criminal history record check. The service costs $41.00 and should be paid either through credit card, electronic debt check, or money order.
The New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) website (http://www.state.nj.us/corrections/pages/index.shtml) also offers access to the records of offenders in the state. This can be accessed via the link "offenders search engine" found on the left side of the DOC website. In order to search for a law offender's records, you will have to enter information such as the SBI number, name, and sex, eye color, hair color, and race; country of commitment and current facility location; and/or birth date and age. Entering the correct data will narrow down the results to the criminal records that you are looking for.
If you would like to retrieve New Jersey background checks and criminal records, follow the instructions outlined below:
Download and save the New Jersey Universal Request Form.
Fill out the universal request form and schedule your fingerprint appointment. You will be charged $41 upon making this appointment by credit or debit card.
Bring the completed form to your fingerprint appointment, along with proper photo identification, and your request will be processed, and the results mailed to you.
The New Jersey CIU is available to provide further information or assistance via the following contact details:
New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety
Division of State Police
PO Box 7068
West Trenton, NJ 08628
(609) 882-2000 ext. 2918
New Jersey arrest records are available to the public under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act. The New Jersey Department of Corrections has created an online database to make accessing New Jersey arrest records easier for the public.
To access these records, you will need to do the following:
Go online to the New Jersey Department of Corrections' website to use the New Jersey Offender Search.
Read the disclaimer and accept. You will then be prompted to input search information. The more information that is put into the search fields means the fewer results that will be displayed. Results must be fewer than 250 entries in order to be shown.
Once results are displayed, you can click on the SBI number to view the entire record.
You can contact the New Jersey Department corrections using the information listed below. Questions about offender information that is posted must be made in writing.
New Jersey Department of Corrections
PO Box 863
Attn: Correspondence Unit
Trenton, NJ 08625
Where to Find New Jersey Criminal Records
New Jersey criminal records are maintained by the Division of State Police. They only perform fingerprint criminal record searches, and this costs $41 payable by credit or debit card or electronic debit. Upon filling out a universal request form, you must then schedule an appointment with Morpho Trak, who will take your fingerprints and submit your request to the State Police.
Who Can Rightfully View New Jersey Criminal Records?
New Jersey restricts access to criminal records to law enforcement agencies and authorized employers. The exceptions is that individuals may request their own criminal record to review it for accuracy.
Updating a Criminal Record
If you detect a mistake on your criminal record, call the Criminal Information Unit (CIU), and they will advise you how to proceed.