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Open Public Records Act


The Open Public Records Act (OPRA) is a new state law that was enacted to give the public greater access to government records maintained by public agencies in New Jersey. open public records act graphic
The public has the right under OPRA to examine or obtain copies of those public records that are not subject to exceptions from disclosure. Under OPRA, all levels of New Jersey government are required to produce records, when properly requested. Certain records are considered exceptions. OPRA expands the intent of the Right to Know law by re-defining what records are available to the public, by setting standards for accessing those records, and penalties for failing to disclose them.

For information please select one of the following:

New Jersey Department of Transportation
New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority
Motor Vehicle Commission
New Jersey Turnpike Authority
South Jersey Transportation Authority
New Jersey Transit Corporation

 


New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and the Transportation Trust Fund Authority (TTFA):

Official Custodian of Records
Office of Inspector General
New Jersey Department of Transportation
1035 Parkway Avenue
PO Box 600
Trenton, NJ 08625-0600
Phone: 609.530.8045
Send Email | Request records

Motor Vehicle Commission:

Official Custodian of Records
Motor Vehicle Commission
PO Box 122
225 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08666-01222
Attention: Manager of Information Update and Retrieval
Motor Vehicle Commission OPRA information



New Jersey Turnpike Authority (New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway):

Official Custodian of Records
New Jersey Turnpike Authority
581 Main Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
New Jersey Turnpike Authority OPRA information


South Jersey Transportation Authority:

Official Custodian of Records
South Jersey Transportation Authority
Farley Service Plaza
PO Box 351
Hammonton, NJ 08037-0351
South Jersey Transportation Authority OPRA information


New Jersey Transit Corporation:

Official Custodian of Records
NJ TRANSIT
One Penn Plaza East
Newark, NJ 07105-2246
NJ TRANSIT OPRA information


Requests for government records

(a) All requests for access to government records pursuant to N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq., as amended and supplemented, held or controlled by the Department or a Constitutional agency, shall be made in writing. Access means inspection, examination, or copying.

(b) The requestor shall provide the following information on the request form:

  1. The name, address, and telephone number of the requestor;
  2. A description of the government record sought, method of access and if copies are sought, the medium requested and mode of delivery; and
  3. The date submitted to the division or agency custodian.

(c) Copies of the request form shall be available at the offices of the records custodians of the NJDOT, the TTFA, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, and each Constitutional agency.

Official request for NJDOT and TTFA government records access can be made on the Records Request Form (pdf 165k)


Procedures for requests

(a) Request forms shall be hand delivered during normal business hours of the public agency, mailed, or transmitted electronically by facsimile, e-mail or web site access by the requestor to the appropriate division or agency custodian of records.

(b) Upon receipt of the request form, the custodian shall review the request form for clarity and completeness. If the request form is unclear as to the government record requested, the custodian shall advise the requestor of the deficiency, provided the requestor has included contact information on the form. The custodian may require the requestor to provide additional information to identify the record or to ascertain the requestor’s identity and status to determine whether access is authorized. The custodian shall deny a request for access if the request is unclear or incomplete after attempting to reach a reasonable resolution with the requestor. A request shall not be deemed complete until the pre-payment required under this section is received by the custodian.

(c) All inquiries and processes involving the request shall include a tracking number.

(d) Upon receipt of a request form, the custodian may estimate the cost of providing the records and may require the pre-payment of the estimated sum, and of any special mailing or delivery costs. Payment shall be made by cash, check, or money order payable to the State of New Jersey. Except as provided otherwise by law or regulation, costs shall be those set forth in N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq., as amended and supplemented.

(e) The custodian shall sign and date the request form, enter the estimated fee and, if applicable, tracking number, and provide the requestor with a copy.

(f) A fee shall not be required for inspecting or examining government records.

(g) Upon request, a custodian may allow requestors to use the requestor’s own photocopying equipment to copy public records, provided that it will not disrupt the business operations of the custodian and will not endanger the public records.

 

For more information, visit the
Government Records Council web site.

 
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OPRA - open public records act

  Last Updated:  September 3, 2013