• The Resource Center is open by appointment from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • To make an appointment call 973-621-7958, or e-mail resource@rsbd.essexcountynj.org
  • The Resource Center is closed on County Holidays.
  • The Hall of Records and RCRL is Accessible to wheelchairs through the Jurors Entrance.

The Resource Center is in the Essex County Hall of Records, 4th Floor, Room 447 located at 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102. To contact the Resource Center, call 973-621-7958 or e-mail resource@rsbd.essexcountynj.org.

Directions to the Essex County Hall of Records Complex

THE ESSEX COUNTY HALL OF RECORDS/COURT COMPLEX is located at 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102


Take Exit 14B/Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Turn left onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Hall of Records/Court Complex is located at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and West Market Street. For Parking, continue past front of Hall of Records and make sharp right onto South Orange Avenue. Enter the Jurors’ Parking Lot on the right.


Take Exit 145 to Interstate Route 280 East. Follow directions above.


Take Exit 56 for Hillside Avenue/Clinton Avenue. Continue on Hillside Avenue to Clinton Avenue. Turn right onto Clinton Avenue. Turn left onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. (High Street) and continue for about 1 mile. For Parking, make left onto South Orange Avenue. Enter the Jurors’ Parking Lot on the right.


Take Exit 15E and follow signs to Newark/Raymond Blvd. Raymond Blvd. merges onto Market Street. Stay to the left and follow Market Street past Penn Station and Broad Street. The Hall of Records/Court Complex will be on the left. For Parking, turn left onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and then turn right onto South Orange Avenue. Enter the Juror’s Parking Lot on the right

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  • Parking is available in the Essex County Jurors/Visitors parking lot on South Orange Avenue for a fee.
  • There is also free and metered street parking available in the vicinity.
  • Wheelchair access is available through the Jurors Entrance.

Please go online to our website at http://purchasing.essexcountynj.org and register there to receive email notifications of business opportunities with the County. Your registration must indicate all products you sell or all services you provide (by choosing the appropriate commodity classifications from the drop-down menu provided). Should you need assistance with the Purchasing Portal Vendor Registration, please contact the Office of Purchasing at 973-621-5100.

The County of Essex, similar to all governments in the State of New Jersey, is mandated to follow the provisions of Local Public Contracts Law (N.J.S.A.40A:11-1 et sec.) and N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.4 et sec. – Chapter 19 is also called “Pay-to-Play.”

Public advertising for competitive bidding is required for any purchase above $17,500 pursuant to N.J.S.A.19:44A-20.4 et sec., superseding 40A:11 -1 et sec. (L.P.C.L.)

Advertisements are placed every Tuesday in The Star-Ledger and on the county’s purchasing portal at  www.essexcountynj.org/procure 

All contracts or agreements that do not require public advertising for bids must have quotations solicited when the cost is less than 15% of the bid threshold under L.C.P.L. – 40A:11, (Quote Threshold), which changes every five years.

A Business Registration Certificate (BRC) serves as proof of valid business registration with the New Jersey Division of Revenue. All contractors and subcontractors must provide this documentation when seeking to do business with the State of New Jersey or any other public entity.

Effective September 1, 2004, all business organizations that do business with a local contracting agency are required to be registered with the State of New Jersey and provide proof of that registration to the contracting agency before the contracting agency may enter into a contract with the business. When the total amount of services or materials to one vendor exceeds 15% of the L.P.C.L. bid threshold, a New Jersey “BRC” is needed. Contracts that are less than 15% (quote threshold) of the local unit’s bid threshold are not covered by this law. Other items may be required such as stockholder certificate.

No. “Professional Services” are a bid exemption and are generally secured through the Request for Proposal process. They require Board of Chosen Freeholder approval and are subject to the “Pay to Play” law.

Yes. In order to participate, you must be a certified or registered Woman-owned, Minority-owned, Veteran-owned, or Small Business Enterprise. For more information, please contact the Purchasing Office or the Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action.

Competitive contracting is an alternative procurement method, using a Request for Proposal (RFP) format. By using locally defined evaluation criteria, it permits the award to be given to the vendor whose proposal is found to be the most advantageous, price and other factors considered, as opposed to the traditional lowest responsible bidder. Competitive Contracting requires Governing Body approval prior to use.

40A:11-4.1 lists the purchases for which competitive contracting may be used, including the purchase and licensing of proprietary software, energy service companies, laboratory testing services, concessions, operation of recreation or social programs, operation of water or wastewater systems, or other services with the approval of the Division of Local Government Services.

By law, the duration of most contracts is 24 months. Professional Service contracts can only be for a twelve (12) month period. Exceptions to the duration of contracts are in Section 40A:11-15 of the New Jersey Local Public Contracts Law.

As an active vendor, every attempt will be made to forward to your company requests for quotations, invitations to respond to requests for sealed bids, or Requests for Proposals, as the need for specific products or services may arise.