On July 7, 2002, the Open Public Records Act (P.L 2001, s.404) became effective. This law expands the public’s right of access to government records and facilitates the way in which that access is provided by the custodian of those records.

There are both general and specific exemptions that apply to the definition of “government record.” For more information on the OPRA law, follow the link below to the Government Records Council website:


OPRA Requests

OPRA requests are processed through the Essex County College Custodian of Public Records, located in the Office of Compliance, 6th Floor, Newark Campus. The College utilizes NextRequest in order to process OPRA requests more effectively. NextRequest allows requesters to create an account and log in to the portal to view the request, messages, and any documents that have been released. Submit requests directly through web portal via https://essexcountycollegenj.nextrequest.com/. New users will receive a prompt to set up an account after a request is submitted.

Requestors may continue to use the form and attach it to the request. Fees and other information may be found on the form:

Download OPRA Request Form with Instructions

Essex County College
303 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
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