In the State
of New Jersey, the County Clerk is an elected
Constitutional Officer, who serves a 5 year term. The
title of Hudson County Clerk currently belongs to
Hon. Barbara A. Netchert. By virtue of the
position, the County Clerk serves as a liaison between
the governing officials and the taxpayers. The Clerk
operates as the "keeper of records," and the hub of many
fees or service charges obtained by the County Clerk’s
Office are revenue producing, and help to reduce the
The County Clerk
is responsible for the administration of a broad range of
services. The County
Clerk can swear you in to an elected office, or a position
that requires an oath of allegiance. The Clerk also
oversees four service-providing offices: the Divisions of
Public Records, Passports, Elections and
Archives & Records Management.
In the Division of Public
Records, you can be sworn in as a
register your business
or file a trade
dissolve your business,
and file construction liens, mechanics liens, or physician
liens. This division also issues veterans identification
cards. All of these documents, excluding the veterans’
identification records, have been microfilmed and made
available to you on computers set up in our public waiting
area! This division can also certify documents (not
notarize) for a small fee.
If you are planning a trip
abroad, you should stop by the County Clerk’s Division of
Passports, for a
passport card. Travel guidelines now
require you to obtain at least a passport card if you are
planning a trip to Mexico, the Caribbean Islands or Canada.
Looking for your ancestors who might have been naturalized?
You can request a
search through the Clerk’s
Division of Passports.
The County Clerk
participates in the conduct of school board, primary,
special and general elections by designing ballots, drawing
ballot positions, and printing ballots. The Clerk’s
Division of Elections is responsible for accepting and
Vote by Mail Applications,
and mailing Vote by Mail ballots to voters. Voters can Vote
by Mail up until 3 o’clock in person, on the day before the
election, after which, permission by court order is
required. The Division of
Elections also issues and accepts petitions to run
of County Office and/or special elections. The Clerk also
tabulates voting results and certifies the election.
The Clerk’s Division of
Archives & Records Management, located at 595 County
Avenue, Secaucus, NJ, is responsible for archiving,
shredding, microfilming and storing County documents that
have not reached their retention schedule.