Mary H. Melfi
Normal Business Hours Monday- Friday 8am-4:30pm
Connecting the Clerk
An IMPORTANT message from the Hunterdon County Clerk,
Mary H. Melfi:
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
The Hunterdon County Clerk's Office is open to public 8:00am- 4:00pm.
We are processing passport applications. The US Department of State announced processing time can take up to 10 weeks (does not include receipt and return mail time) for normal processing and up to 5 weeks for an Expedited Processing. Please consider this timing when applying or renewing your passport. We strongly encourage you to check your documents now and plan accordingly.
Walk-ins are welcomed but we do schedule appointments. Scheduled appointments will receive priority. Please call our office at (908)788-1221 to make an appointment, and to find out how to make sure your visit and time applying for your passport is organized and efficient.
To see the latest information from the US Department of State Passport Operations-please visit the link below at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html
The Next IDENT-A-SHRED (PDF) is scheduled for September 9, 2023, from 8am-11:30 am (or until the trucks are full) at County Complex on Route 12. We thank those residents who have participated in this popular program.
Notary Oaths are by appointment only. Please call 908-788-1221 to schedule an appointment.
The Search Room is open to the public. If you would like extra assistance, please contact the search room at (908)788-1218 to schedule an appointment.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office if we can assist you in anyway.
Mary H. Melfi,
County Clerk and Staff
About the Clerk's Office
The County Clerk's Office is known as the "Keeper of the Records" and is one of the oldest offices in the State of New Jersey. The County Clerk is referred to as a "Constitutional Officer", elected by the voters of the County for a five year term.
The County Clerk's Office is responsible for recording all:
- Building Contracts
- Certificates of Incorporation
- Financing Statements
- Hospital and Physicians Liens
- Mechanics Liens
- Military Discharges
- Releases of Mortgages
- Trade Names
- Vacation of Roads
These documents are indexed, filed and digitally imaged. They are also microfilmed as part of a disaster recovery plan. The microfilm is stored off-site at the Hunterdon County Records Retention Center.
The older records are in the process of being redacted to protect the public from identity theft. Once the redaction process has been completed, the plan is to make the records available through an online process. All records from 1785 to date have been recorded and are available upon request. The Record Room of the County Clerk's Office is open daily Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:00 pm to the public. Knowledgeable staff is always available to answer questions and offer assistance.