Ocean County Arrest, Court, and Public Records

Crime Numbers

Ocean County recorded 7,697 crimes in 2016, the most recent year with a complete set of crime statistics for New Jersey counties. This figure represents a 9% reduction in overall crime rate compared to the previous year. A closer look at the 2016 crime data for Ocean County indicates that incidences of violent crimes include 4 murders, 55 rapes, 158 robberies, and 356 aggravated assaults. Larceny-theft was the leading property crime with 5,725 cases followed by 1,223 burglaries and 176 motor vehicle thefts.

Compared to the 2012 crime data for Ocean County, there were higher incidences of rape (83.3%), robbery (1.9%), and aggravated assault (13.4%) in 2016. On the other hand, the five-year crime trend for the county shows falling murder (20%), burglary (54%), larceny-theft (31.3%), and motor vehicle theft (17%) rates.

Criminal Records

Criminal history checks for Ocean County are available from the New Jersey State Police (NJSP). The law enforcement agency offers fingerprint-based background checks and provides regular and notarized criminal history reports through IDEMIA, a third-party vendor. To request for these reports, download, print, and complete a Universal Fingerprint Form A if you are looking for a regular report. Opt for a Universal Fingerprint Form B when requesting a notarized report.

Make an appointment with IDEMIA by calling the toll-free line, 1-877-503-5981, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment on Saturday, call this line between 8:00 a.m. and 12 noon. Requesters can also book their appointments online via www.bioapplicant.com/nj. Bring along the completed request form to your appointment. The NJSP charges $40.66 for this service plus $10 for vendor fee and state tax.

The Ocean County Sheriff's Office releases incident reports for events that happened within its jurisdiction. To obtain these records, submit an OPRA Request Form to OCSheriffOpraRequests@co.ocean.nj.us or mail it to:

Ocean County Justice Complex
120 Hooper Avenue
P.O. Box 2191
Toms River, NJ 08754-2191

The various police departments in the boroughs and townships of Ocean County also provide incident and accident reports for events for which they are the first responders. For example, to obtain police reports in Toms River (the county seat), visit the town's police department at 255 Oak Avenue, Toms River. Alternatively, send an email request to sseaman@trpolice.org to get requested reports by email. Mail requests should go to:

Toms River Police Department
Records Division
P.O. Box 876
Toms River, NJ 08754

Include a stamped self-addressed envelope and a check or money order for $5 payable to Toms River Township.

New Jersey's Megan's Law requires all sex offenders living, working, and attending school in the state to register with law enforcement agencies. State law also empowers the New Jersey State Police to collate the information of all registered sex offenders into a central database. The part of the database made public include all Tier 3 (most likely to reoffend) offenders and some Tier 2 (moderate risk) offenders. To find those living in Ocean County, search the New Jersey Sex Offender Registry by street addresses, zip codes, and municipalities in the county. You can also search the registry by name to find specific sex offenders.

The Ocean County Department of Corrections operates the county jail. This correctional facility is located at Justice Complex, 114 Hooper Avenue, Toms River. Its contact phone number is (732) 929-2043. The Department of Corrections provides an inmate locator tool to help the public find individuals currently incarcerated in the Ocean County Jail.

To deposit money into an inmate's account, visit any of the kiosks in the main lobby of the county jail and in the Bail Office. Acceptable instruments for fund deposits include money order, certified bank check, and state treasury bank check.

Court Records

The judicial system in Ocean County comprises two Superior Courts, three Surrogate's Courts, and 35 Municipal Courts. The Surrogate's Courts in New Jersey have limited jurisdiction and mostly handle the probate of Wills as well as Guardianship and adoption cases. Here are the addresses and contact information for all the courts in New Jersey:

Ocean County Superior Court
Ocean County Courthouse
118 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: 732-929-2042
Hears Civil and General Equity cases

Ocean County Superior Court
Ocean County Justice Complex
120 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: 732-929-2042
Hears Criminal, Family, Juvenile, and Domestic Violence cases

Ocean County Surrogate's Court
48 Schoolhouse Road, Whiting, NJ 08759
Phone: 732-929-2011

Ocean County Surrogate's Court
179 South Main Street, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Phone: 732-929-2011

Ocean County Surrogate's Court
118 Washington Street, P.O. Box 2191, Toms River, NJ 08754
Phone: 732-929-2011
Fax: 732-506-5087

Barnegat Light Municipal Court
6805 Long Beach Boulevard, Brant Beach, NJ 08008
Phone: 609-361-6661
Fax: 609-361-7131

Barnegat Township Municipal Court
900 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat, NJ 08005
Phone: 609-698-0080 ext. 110
Fax: 609-698-8542

Bay Head Municipal Court
83 Bridge Avenue, Bay Head, NJ 08742
Phone: 732-892-4737
Fax: 732-899-5945

Beach Haven Municipal Court
300 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Phone: 609-492-0111 ext. 228
Fax: 609-492-1086

Beachwood Municipal Court
1600 Pinewald Road, Beachwood, NJ 08722
Phone: 732-286-6000 ext. 120
Fax: 732-244-5355

Berkeley Township Municipal Court
631 Pinewald-Keswick Road, P.O. Box B, Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: 732-240-6661
Fax: 732-240-0984

Brick Township Municipal Court
401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: 732-262-1226

Eagleswood Township Municipal Court
665 Radio Road, Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
Phone: 609-296-7241
Fax: 609-294-1068

Harvey Cedars Municipal Court
7606 Long Beach Boulevard, Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008
Phone: 609-494-9026
Fax: 609-361-5247

Island Heights Municipal Court
One Wanamaker Municipal Complex
P.O. Box 797, Island Heights, NJ 08732
Phone: 732-270-6161

Jackson Township Municipal Court
102 Jackson Drive, Jackson, NJ 08527
Phone: 732-928-1205
Fax: 732-928-3276

Lacey Township Municipal Court
818 West Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ 08731
Phone: 609-693-1100 ext. 2262
Fax: 609-693-6749

Lakehurst Municipal Court
5 Union Avenue, Lakehurst, NJ 08733
Phone: 732-657-4151

Lakewood Municipal Court
231 3rd Street, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Phone: 732-364-2500 ext. 5988
Fax: 732-994-4573

Lavallette Municipal Court
Lavallette Municipal Building
1306 Grand Central Avenue, Lavallette, NJ 08735
Phone: 732-830-1911

Little Egg Harbor Municipal Court
665 Radio Road, Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
Phone: 609-296-7241
Fax: 609-294-1068

Long Beach Township Municipal Court
6805 Long Beach Boulevard, Brant Beach, NJ 08008
Phone: 609-361-1000

Manchester Township Municipal Court
1 Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ 08759
Phone: 732-657-8121 ext. 3400
Fax: 732-657-2440

Mantoloking Municipal Court
340 Drum Point Road, Brick, NJ 08738
Phone: 732-475-7398

Ocean Gate Municipal Court
801 Ocean Gate Avenue, Ocean Gate, NJ 08740
Phone: 732-269-3166 ext. 22

Ocean Township Municipal Court
50 Railroad Avenue, Waretown, NJ 08758
Phone: 609-693-3332
Fax: 609-971-9551

Pine Beach Municipal Court
599 Pennsylvania Avenue, P.O. Box 425, Pine Beach, NJ 08741
Phone: 732-349-6453
Fax: 732-240-0533

Plumsted Township Municipal Court
121 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Phone: 609-758-2241 ext. 117
Fax: 609-758-7703

Point Pleasant Beach Municipal Court
2233 Bridge Avenue, P.O. Box 25, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
Phone: 732-899-1636
Fax: 732-295-3521

Point Pleasant Municipal Court
2233 Bridge Avenue, P.O. Box 25, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
Phone: 732-899-1636
Fax: 732-295-3521

Seaside Heights Municipal Court
116 Sherman Avenue, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
Phone: 732-830-2202
Fax: 732-830-6458

Seaside Park Municipal Court
George E. Tompkins Municipal Complex
116 Sherman Avenue, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
Phone: 732-830-2202

Ship Bottom Municipal Court
1621 Long Beach Boulevard, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
Phone: 609-494-2171 ext. 118
Fax: 609-848-9229

South Toms River Municipal Court
19 Double Trouble Road, South Toms River, NJ 08757
Phone: 732-349-1141
Fax: 732-240-3304

Stafford Township Municipal Court
260 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Phone: 609-597-1000
Fax: 609-242-8253

Surf City Municipal Court
813 Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City, NJ 08008
Phone: 609-494-3984

Toms River Municipal Court
255 Oak Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: 732-797-3914
Fax: 732-341-3074

Tuckerton Municipal Court
420 East Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Phone: 609-296-2036
Fax: 609-296-9307

The records of Ocean County Superior and Municipals are available online on a portal (Electronic Access Program) hosted by the organization, New Jersey Courts. This is a subscription-based access to case documents that require users to register with the site and pay to search records. Some court documents are available and freely accessible from the links on the Public/Media page of the New Jersey Courts website.

Ocean County residents can request for copies of court records by email. Send a completed Records Request Form to MonCivRecReq.Mailbox@njcourts.gov to request the records of the Superior Court that hears civil cases. Request copies of criminal and family law case records as well as the records Municipal Courts by emailing a completed Records Request Form to SCCO.Mailbox@njcourts.gov.

The fee for plain copies of Ocean County court records is 5 cents per page for letter size documents. Legal size pages cost 7 cents per page. A certified copy costs $15 while an exemplified record costs $50 plus copy fees and a triple exemplified copy costs $60. Cash payment is accepted for walk-in requests. Fees are also payable with checks and money orders. Make these payable to Treasurer-State of New Jersey.

The Ocean County Clerk's Office maintains all land records for the county. Members of the public can search for the county's property records from the website of the County Clerk. Do so from the county's Official Records Public Search portal.

Vital Records

The Family Division of the Ocean County Superior Court files divorce records for the county. These case files are archived by the Superior Court Clerk's Office in Trenton. To obtain copies of closed divorce case records, submit a Records Request Form to SCCO.Mailbox@njcourts.gov. The Superior Court Clerk charges $35 for each divorce record requested. You can pay this fee with a check or money order payable to Treasurer - State of New Jersey.

Birth, death, marriage, domestic partnership, and civil union records are available from the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry (OVSR) of the New Jersey Department of Health. Make a request for one of these records by completing the online form provided by the Vital Records Online Service.

The Office of Vital Statistics and Registry charges $25 for each certified copy of a birth, death, marriage, domestic partnership, and civil union certificate. Each additional copy of the same record ordered at the same time costs $2. Other fees include a $5 processing fee and another $5 for identity verification. Credit card payments are accepted for online requests.

It is also possible for obtain these vital records from the local OVSR offices in Ocean County. Here are the addresses and contact information for these offices:

Barnegat Light Borough
Brenda Kuhn
P.O. Box 576
10 West 10th Street
Barnegat Light, NJ 08006
Phone: 609-494-9196
Fax: 609-494-4827

Barnegat Township
Donna M. Manno
Municipal Hall
900 West Bay Avenue
Barnegat, NJ 08005
Phone: 609-698-0080 x174

Bay Head Borough
Patricia M. Applegate
Borough Hall
106 Bridge Ave, Unit 2
Box 248
Bay Head, NJ 08742
Phone: (732) 892-0574
Fax: (732) 899-6494

Beach Haven Borough
Sherry A. Mason
Borough Hall
300 Engleside Avenue
Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Phone: (609) 492-0111 x216
Fax: (609) 492-6262

Beachwood Borough
Elizabeth A. Sarantinoudis
Borough Hall
1600 Pinewald Road
Beachwood, NJ 08722
Phone: (732) 286-6000 Ext 212
Fax: (732) 349-8390

Berkeley Township
Beverly Carle
Municipal Building
627 Pinewald-Keswick Road
P.O. Box B
Bayville, NJ 08721
Phone: (732) 244-7400 Ext 205
Fax: (732) 505-0145

Brick Township
Lynnette Iannarone
401 Chamber Bridge Road
Town Hall
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: (732) 262-1004 or 1002
Fax: (732) 262-2839

Eagleswood Township
Cindy Maresca
146 Division Street
P.O. Box 409
West Creek, NJ 08092
Phone: 609-296-3040

Harvey Cedars Borough
Daina Dale
Borough Hall
P.O. Box 3185
7606 Long Beach Blvd
Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008-0337
Phone: (609) 361-6000 x112
Fax: (609) 494-2335

Island Heights Borough
Joseph Kostecki
Borough Complex
1 Wannamaker Plaza
P.O. Box 797
Island Heights, NJ 08732
Phone: 732-349-0403

Jackson Township
Janice Kisty
Municipal Building
95 West Veterans Hwy
Jackson, NJ 08527
Phone: (732) 928-1200 x 1201
Fax: (732) 928-4377

Lacey Township
Susan Connor
Mailing: 818 Lacey Rd.
Office: 124 South Main St.
Forked River, NJ 08731
Phone: (609) 693-1100 x 2254 or 2251
Fax: (609) 242-6480

Lakehurst Borough
Bernadette Dugan
Borough Hall
5 Union Avenue
Lakehurst, NJ 08733
Phone: 732-657-4141

Lakewood Township
Kathryn Hutchinson
Municipal Building
231 3rd Street
Lakewood, NJ 08701
Phone: 732-364-2500 x5970
Fax: 732-901-3647

Lavallette Borough
Christopher F. Parlow
Fire House Parking Lot
121-125 Washington Avenue
Lavallette, NJ 08735
Phone: (732) 793-7477
Fax: (732) 830-8248

Little Egg Harbor Township
Diana McCracken
Municipal Building
665 Radio Road
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
Phone: (609) 296-7241 ext 233
Fax: (609) 296-5352

Long Beach Township
Sharon Bongiovani
Municipal Building
6805 Long Beach Boulevard
Brant Beach, NJ 08008
Phone: 609-361-6631
Fax: 609-494-5421

Manchester Township
Sabina Skibo
Town Hall
1 Colonial Drive
Manchester, NJ 08759
Phone: (732) 657-8121 Ext 243
Fax: (732) 657-2071

Mantoloking Borough
Beverley Konopada
P.O. Box 4391
340 Drum Point Road 2nd Floor
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: (732) 475-6983 Ext 313
Fax: (732) 475-7671

Ocean Gate Borough
Ileana Vazquez-Gallipoli
801 Ocean Gate Ave
Ocean Gate, NJ 08740
Phone: (732) 269-3166
Fax: (732) 269-6652

Ocean Township
Diane B. Ambrosio
50 Railroad Avenue
Waretown, NJ 08758
Phone: (609) 693-3302 x233
Fax: (609) 693-9026

Pine Beach Borough
Charlene Carney
Borough Hall
599 Pennsylvania Avenue
P.O. Box 425
Pine Beach, NJ 08741
Phone: (732) 349-6425
Fax: (732) 240-0533

Plumsted Township
Jennifer Witham
Municipal Complex
121 Evergreen Road
New Egypt, NJ 08533
Phone: 609-758-2241
Fax: 609-758-0123

Point Pleasant Beach Boroug
Eileen Farrell
Borough Hall
416 New Jersey Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Phone: 732-892-1118 x210
Fax: 732-892-1270

Point Pleasant Borough
Cheryl Olsen
P.O. Box 25
2233 Bridge Avenue
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
Phone: (732) 892-4183
Fax: (732) 892-7351

Seaside Heights Borough
Diane Stabley
Borough Hall
P.O. Box 38
901 Boulevard
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
Phone: (732) 793-9100
Fax: (732) 793-0319

Seaside Park Borough
Karen Barna
1701 N. Ocean Avenue
P.O. Box B
Seaside Park, NJ 08752
Phone: (732) 793-3700
Fax: (732) 793-3737

Ship Bottom Borough
Kathleen Wells
Borough Hall
1621 Long Beach Blvd.
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
Phone: (609) 494-2171 x116
Fax: (609) 361-8484

South Toms River Borough
Joseph Kostecki
19 Double Trouble Road
South Toms River, NJ 08757
Phone: 732-349-0403
Fax: 732-349-5266

Stafford Township
Vicki Furmanek
Municipal Building
260 East Bay Avenue
Manahawkin, NJ 08050-3498
Phone: 609-597-1000 X8510
Fax: (609) 597-4911

Surf City Borough
Mary P. Madonna
Borough Hall
813 Long Beach Boulevard
Surf City, NJ 08008
Phone: (609) 494-3064
Fax: (609) 361-9746

Toms River Township
Cynthia Farrell
33 Washington Street
P.O. Box 728
Toms River, NJ 08753
Phone: (732) 341-1000 Ext 8403
Fax: (732) 341-0835

Tuckerton Borough
Jenny E. Gleghorn
Borough Hall
140 E. Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Phone: (609) 296-2701