Your Rights Under OPRA
- The fees for duplication of a government record in printed form are
||Letter & Legal size
||$0.05 per page
|Over-Sized Maps (B&W)
||$3.00 per map
|Over-Sized Maps (Color)
||$5.00 per map
|Compact Discs (CDs) / Digital Video Discs (DVDs)
||$2.00 per CD or DVD
||Delivery / postage fees additional
depending upon delivery type.
||Extraordinary service fees dependent
We will notify you of any
special charges, special service charges or other additional charges
authorized by State law or regulation before processing your request.
Payment shall be made by cash, check or money order payable to the State
of New Jersey and presented or mailed to the NJDEP Office of Record Access. Do not mail cash.
- If it is necessary for the records custodian to contact you
concerning your request, providing identifying information, such as your
name, address and telephone number or an e-mail address is required.
Where contact is not necessary, anonymous requests are permitted; except
that anonymous requests for personal information are not honored.
- Anonymous requests, when permitted, may require a deposit of
estimated fees if the request fee exceeds five (5) dollars. You agree to
pay the balance due upon delivery of the records.
- Under OPRA, a custodian must deny access to a person who has been
convicted of an indictable offense in New Jersey, any other state, or
the United States, and who is seeking government records containing
personal information pertaining to the person's victim or the victim's
- By law, the NJDEP must notify you that it grants or denies a request
for access to government records within seven business days after the
Office of the Record Access receives the request, provided that the
record is currently available and not in storage. If the record
requested is not currently available or is in storage, the custodian
will advise you within seven business days when the record can be made
available and the estimated cost. You may agree with the custodian to
extend the time for making records available, or granting or denying
You may be denied access to a government record if your request
would substantially disrupt agency operations and the custodian is
unable to reach a reasonable solution with you.
- If the NJDEP is unable to comply with your request for access to a
government record, the custodian will indicate the reasons for denial on
the request form and send you a signed and dated copy.
- Except as otherwise provided by law or by agreement with the
requester, if the Records Custodian fails to respond to you within seven
business days of receiving a request form, the failure to respond will
be considered a denial of your request.
- If your request for access to a government record has been denied or
unfilled within the time permitted by law, you have a right to challenge
the decision by the NJDEP to deny access. At your option, you may either
institute a proceeding in the Superior Court of New Jersey or file a
complaint in writing with the Government Records Council (GRC). You may
contact the GRC by toll-free telephone at 866-850-0511, by mail at PO
Box 819, Trenton, NJ, 08625, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at their
web site at www.nj.gov/grc. The Council
can also answer other questions about the law.
- An OPRA request for access to a government record is itself public
information. Therefore, the person requesting access to the government
record should be aware that the information provided on the form may be