BERGEN COUNTY, NJ - Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the Office of the Bergen County Clerk will continue to remain closed to the public. However, we have been able to “keep the wheels turning” and carry out many of our functions due to the efforts, innovation and adaptability of my diligent staff.
Here is a current update concerning what the office has been able to accomplish under these challenging conditions:
REGISTRY DIVISION: The office continues to receive land record transactions by mail or electronically (E-Recording).
Working with the Office of the County Executive, we have been able to distribute laptops to employees so that they can carry out these functions from home. I am pleased to report that, beginning from the week of March 15, up until April 25, 12,089 paper documents were processed (deeds, mortgages, liens notice of settlements etc.) Eleven employees are working to verify these processed documents in order to make them available to the public.
LAND RECORDS MANAGEMENT DIVISION: This division has continued to remain functional and open to title searchers on a very limited, rotational and secure basis.
ELECTIONS DIVISION: Employees continue to work from home and in the office on a rotational basis. As such, the division has remained fully functional as election employees make the necessary preparations for the May 12 combined School (Cliffside Park, Fairview, Garfield, Hackensack, Oakland, Ridgewood) and Municipal Elections (Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood, Teaneck), which Governor Murphy has directed to be carried out as a Vote-By-Mail Election only. By now, every registered voter in these towns has received a Vote-By-Mail ballot with a postage-paid envelope.
In accordance with state law, on April 9 I successfully conducted the official ballot drawing for the 2020 Primary Election, which Governor Murphy ordered changed from June 2 to July 7. The drawing was available to the public on Zoom Conferencing and Facebook Live, and is still available for viewing on the Office of the Bergen County Clerk’s website.
COUNTER DIVISION: Although our passport services are closed, we have continued to conduct notary oaths, for those whose terms are ready to expire, by appointment outside to doors of the building. We are also processing Trade Name Certificates and Trade Name Dissolutions in the same manner. Since March 15, 154 such transactions have occurred.
CIVIL WEDDING CEREMONIES: I have continued to conduct Civil Wedding Ceremonies on a limited basis by appointment in the gazebo outside the building.
PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE: Working with the Office of the County Executive, we are actively preparing for the day when our office will re-open to the public. Just as in so many ways our lives have been changes by COVID-19, so too will our interaction with the public in order to keep all safe. Plans are underway for best protecting both you and our employees as we look forward to the day when we re-open our doors and welcome you back.