Our Records Vault holds a wide variety of books containing many different types of documents that have been recorded in our office since the late 1700’s. Our oldest deed records go back as far as 1785, years before the Conveyancing Act of 1799 was even passed. That act first made it necessary for County Clerks to keep record of all transfers of legal title of property. These records included not only deeds but also all encumbrances associated with them, such as mortgages and liens. Since then, our office’s recording responsibilities have grown to include a variety of other documents such as: agreements to reimburse, certificates of incorporation, institutional liens, judgments, naturalization petitions, subdivision maps and tax sale certificates, to name a few.
Records going back to the beginning of 1967 can be accessed using our Online Records Search. Anything prior to 1967 can be viewed in our Records Vault, in books or on film. We are continuously working to digitally image and index our entire catalog so that we will be able to allow online access to all of our public records. Anyone who would like to conduct research in our Records Vault may do so during our regular business hours, from 8:00am to 4:30pm. No appointment is necessary and we have staff available to assist.
Requesting Records by Mail
Our Map Room can also provide hard copies of documents to the public by mail. Any document requests through the mail should include the following information:
- General description of the document (e.g.: mortgage between John Smith and Bank of America)
- Book and Page reference of the document
- Return address that the document is being mailed to
- Check or money order made payable to “Morris County Clerk”
The cost for documents ordered through the mail is as follows:
- For certified copies, with a raised gold seal and the County Clerk’s signature: $1.00 per page, plus a $10.00 fee to certify
- For non-certified copies: $2.00 per page
- If you do not provide a self-addressed stamped envelope, there is also a flat fee of $1.00 for postage
Requests should be sent to the following address:
Morris County Clerk
PO Box 315
Morristown, NJ 07963-0315
Attn: Map Room
If you need help finding any of the document information or have any other questions, you may contact the Map Room for assistance at 973-285-6747.
The Morris County Clerk’s marriage records were recorded in ledger books from 1795 to 1919. The most recent marriage we have record of took place in 1887, although it wasn’t actually recorded until years later. Our marriage books, in most cases, contain only the names of the bride and groom, where they resided, the date of the wedding, and the names of the officiant and witnesses. In effort to preserve the marriage books, they have been digitally imaged and are accessible by contacting our records manager.
Marriages occurring after 1887 will likely be found at the municipal or state level. Marriages that occurred prior to 1887 but not recorded in the Morris County Clerk’s Office may still be found in the New Jersey State Archives. You can find the contact information for the vital statistics departments of all 39 municipalities in our Morris County Manual. You may also visit the New Jersey Department of Health for more information on all types of vital records.
Our naturalization records range from 1856 to 1991 and include Declarations of Intention, Petitions for Naturalization and any other supporting documents that were recorded at the time. We do not have Naturalization Certificates on file in our office. These documents are available through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services only. Please visit www.uscis.gov or call 1-800-375-5283 for information on Naturalization Certificates. If you are looking for evidence of citizenship, a Petition for Naturalization, accompanied by a certification letter from the County Clerk, is sufficient in many cases. If we have the petition on file, we will be happy to provide this for a $10.00 fee. Anyone interested in our naturalization records may contact our records manager for more information.
Birth and Death Records
The Morris County Clerk’s Office does not have any birth or death records on file. They can be found at either the municipal or state level. Please use the links below if you would like more information.
- Morris County Manual – Contact information for all municipalities
- New Jersey Department of Health – Vital Records
- New Jersey State Archives
Divorce records are held and maintained by the Morris County Superior Court. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of their Divorce Decree should contact the Family Division’s Records Room at 973-656-4322.