County Clerk

Mary H. Melfi

Find out more about the County Clerk

Mary H. Melfi

Normal Business Hours Monday- Friday 8am-4:30pm
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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.

County Clerk's Passport Service

We are processing passport applications. The US Department of State announced processing time can take up to 8 weeks (does not include receipt and return mail time) for normal processing and up to 3 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:


IDENT-A-SHRED (PDF) is back for 2024. Our first event for 2024 will be held Saturday, April 20th from 8am- 11:30am (or until the trucks are full). We thank those residents who have participated in this program.  

Notary Oaths

Notary Oaths are by appointment only. Please call 908-788-1221 to schedule an appointment.

Search Room

The Search Room is open to the public. Unless you are familiar with the records, we recommend making an appointment for historical or genealogical searches. This permits the staff to allow for sufficient time to assist with your search. 

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:

  • Assignments
  • Building Contracts
  • Hall of Records PedimentCertificates of Incorporation
  • Deeds
  • Financing Statements
  • Hospital and Physicians Liens
  • Maps
  • Mechanics Liens
  • Military Discharges
  • Mortgages
  • Releases of Mortgages
  • Trade Names
  • Vacation of Roads
  • Etc. 

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.