Ocean County Records
24-Hour Document Drop-off Service
A Doc-Drop Box is located in front of the Ocean County Courthouse, Curbside, Washington Street. All real-estate ownership/transfer documents can be placed in a sealed envelope and inserted in the box 7-days a week, 24-hours a day. The documents will be processed on the next regular business day.
Impact of P.L. 2006 c.33 on County Clerks and
County Finance Offices
Recent discussions with the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (representing County Clerks), the New Jersey Association of County Finance Officers, and the State Divisions of Taxation and Local Government Services have jointly reviewed a number of issues related to the short and long-term implications of the law.
The parties consulted on the handling and receipting of funds and the types of instruments and checks that are processed to develop ways of preventing fraud, given the large sums that can be involved in these transactions.
Because commercial property is affected, checks can come from other states and countries and from a range of sellers who are corporate entities outside the state, financial institutions, and attorneys. The statutory requirements of immediately recording deeds upon presentation, offers the potential for repudiation of financial instruments, dishonored, and returned checks if strong policies are not put in place.
While certified checks are the current standard, other means of payment were discussed, such as ACH and wire transfers. Each of these methods has separate concerns related to cost, and timing of receipt of the documents and confirmation of the receipt of funds. It was agreed that additional study on the issues is warranted over the next few months prior to official guidance being issued.
The review has generated a recommended policy to protect the State and counties that can be considered and implemented by each County Clerk as a way of providing uniform and consistent practices in implementing the law statewide.