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New Jersey State Police.
P.O. Box 7068
West Trenton, New Jersey 08628
(609) 882-2000

The New Jersey State Police oversees the collection and dissemination of criminal records for the state. All requests from criminal justice agencies, authorized employers, state licensing agencies and individuals go through the New Jersey State Police. However, background checks in New Jersey cannot be obtained by everyone because New Jersey is a closed records state. Individuals may request a copy of their own New Jersey criminal background check, but cannot request one for another individual unless there is an approved purpose. For example, an individual may not ask for a New Jersey background check on a neighbor, but can request one before hiring a childcare provider or renting out a house.

Authorized employers and government agencies may request New Jersey background checks, as well as attorneys and private investigators. Criminal records included in any New Jersey background check are convictions, pending arrests and pending charges, no matter how old the subject is. The exception is expunged records, which wouldn’t be included. All New Jersey criminal background checks are fingerprint-based, although employers without a criminal justice purpose may choose to perform name-based searches.


Steps for Retriving a New Jersey Background Check

Step 1 

Call Morpho Trak at 1-877-503-5981 or go online at Morpho Trak to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted.

Step 2 

Download the proper request form.

Step 3 

Bring the form and government-issued photo identification to your fingerprint appointment. The address you list on the request form must match your identification.

Step 4 

Bring the form and government-issued photo identification to your fingerprint appointment. The address you list on the request form must match your identification.

Step 5 

You should receive your results in the mail within ten business days.

New Jersey Background Check Special Notes

Background checks in New Jersey are heavily restricted and can’t be obtained by the general population. Also, the primary form of conducting a criminal records search is via fingerprinting. This reduces the likelihood that a person using a similar name will appear on another individual’s criminal record. A name-based search always runs the risk of missing a criminal record filed under an alias or turning up someone else’s criminal actions. Employers have the option of conducting a simple name search, but can then require a fingerprint search if the results warrant further investigation. Individuals might need personal New Jersey background checks for the purposes of adoption, immigration, good conduct or for expungement. Employers might also require a criminal background search, especially those dealing with children or the elderly.

Record request form

Acquiring your personal New Jersey criminal records requires individuals to fill out the following universal form: New Jersey State Police Personal Records Request Form. Bring this along to your fingerprinting appointment.

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