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Your Rights Under OPRA

  1. The fees for duplication of a government record in printed form are as follows:

    Fees: Letter & Legal size $0.05 per page
    Over-Sized Maps (B&W) $3.00 per map
    Over-Sized Maps (Color) $5.00 per map
    Compact Discs (CDs)  / Digital Video Discs (DVDs) $2.00 per CD or DVD
    Delivery: Delivery / postage fees additional depending upon delivery type.
    Extras: Extraordinary service fees dependent upon request.

    We will notify you of any special charges, special service charges or other additional charges authorized by State law or regulation before processing your request. Payment shall be made by cash, check or money order payable to the State of New Jersey and presented or mailed to the NJDEP Office of Record Access. Do not mail cash.
  2. If it is necessary for the records custodian to contact you concerning your request, providing identifying information, such as your name, address and telephone number or an e-mail address is required. Where contact is not necessary, anonymous requests are permitted; except that anonymous requests for personal information are not honored.
  3. Anonymous requests, when permitted, may require a deposit of estimated fees if the request fee exceeds five (5) dollars. You agree to pay the balance due upon delivery of the records.
  4. Under OPRA, a custodian must deny access to a person who has been convicted of an indictable offense in New Jersey, any other state, or the United States, and who is seeking government records containing personal information pertaining to the person's victim or the victim's family.
  5. By law, the NJDEP must notify you that it grants or denies a request for access to government records within seven business days after the Office of the Record Access receives the request, provided that the record is currently available and not in storage. If the record requested is not currently available or is in storage, the custodian will advise you within seven business days when the record can be made available and the estimated cost. You may agree with the custodian to extend the time for making records available, or granting or denying your request.
  6. You may be denied access to a government record if your request would substantially disrupt agency operations and the custodian is unable to reach a reasonable solution with you.
  7. If the NJDEP is unable to comply with your request for access to a government record, the custodian will indicate the reasons for denial on the request form and send you a signed and dated copy.
  8. Except as otherwise provided by law or by agreement with the requester, if the Records Custodian fails to respond to you within seven business days of receiving a request form, the failure to respond will be considered a denial of your request.
  9. If your request for access to a government record has been denied or unfilled within the time permitted by law, you have a right to challenge the decision by the NJDEP to deny access. At your option, you may either institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file a complaint in writing with the Government Records Council (GRC). You may contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at PO Box 819, Trenton, NJ, 08625, by e-mail at grc@dca.state.nj.us, or at their web site at www.nj.gov/grc. The Council can also answer other questions about the law.
  10. An OPRA request for access to a government record is itself public information. Therefore, the person requesting access to the government record should be aware that the information provided on the form may be disclosed.

 

 
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