Open Public Records Act (OPRA)

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What is the Open Public Records Act (OPRA)?

OPRA is a New Jersey statute that governs the public's access to government records in New Jersey. 

OPRA was enacted to:

  • Expand the public's right of access to government records;
  • Create an administrative appeals process if access is denied; and
  • Define what records are and are not "government records."
    • Generally stated, a "government record" means any record that has been made, maintained, or kept on file in the course of official business, or that has been received in the course of official business.
  • Note:  not all government records are subject to OPRA.  Some government records that are subject to OPRA may be redacted.

Anyone can make an OPRA Request.  For more information, read A Citizen's Guide to the Open Public Records Act from the State of New Jersey or visit the State of New Jersey Government Records Council.

How do I make a request? 

How to Request a Public Record from Somerset County

Public Records Request Form

The request form is in PDF format.   Acrobat Reader must be used to complete and submit the form electronically and can be downloaded by clicking the icon at the bottom of this page.  Be sure to open and complete the application form in Acrobat Reader, rather than within your browser.

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