County Operations, Services and Event Advisories

Due to the COVID-19 statewide public health emergency, the County of Union is open for essential business only.

Anyone wishing to visit on non-essential matters will not be allowed access to public buildings, and we encourage our residents to use our website for any non-emergent, non-essential service they may require. Visitors for essential Social Services such as Food Stamps (SNAP), and emergency assistance will be allowed entry to the Division of Social Services Building at 342 Westminster Avenue in Elizabeth. For other essential services such as the County Clerk,  we encourage you to call ahead to make an appointment or see if you can conduct your business online first.

County of Union opens state’s first County-Run, Drive-Through Testing Center for COVID-19 at Kean University

Updated March 27, 2020

In addition to the normal hours of operation, the testing site will be open Union County’s COVID-19 Drive-Through Test Center at Kean University will be open on Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in conjunction with governmental, educational and healthcare partners,  have opened the state’s first County-run, drive-through facility for testing of the COVID-19 virus at Kean University.

The testing center is only for residents of Union County.

If you have a VALID PRESCRIPTION for Covid-19 testing please email COVID19TEST@UCNJ.ORG with the following information:

Your full name, home address, phone number, email address, gender, race, date of birth, photo of your script, the physician’s name, address and phone number and then you may directly go to our Union County Drive-Through Testing Center for COVID-19 at Kean University.

The testing Center is open Monday-Friday from 9 am – 5 pm. Please note that people with existing appointments will be seen first.

For the safety, health and security of the volunteers at the site, the testing location will not allow patients without vehicles to enter campus, even with a valid prescription and appointment. If you do not have your own transportation, please discuss with your healthcare provider before scheduling an appointment.

Also, if you believe you may have symptoms of COVID-19, there is a self-assessment tool that you should use that has been developed by the State of New Jersey. This tool will assist you to determine what actions you can take to protect you and your loved ones’ health and help determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19, and can be accessed at https://self.covid19.nj.gov/  ​ 

The Union County COVID 19 drive-through facility is being run by the County through a partnership with the Overlook Medical Center (Atlantic Health System) in Summit, the Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ Barnabas Health) in Rahway. The Freeholder Board, County Manager and his staff worked with State Senators Joseph P. Cryan, Nicholas P. Scutari, Governor Phil Murphy’s office, Kean University, and the New Jersey State Department of Health in bringing the facility online.

County Clerk

Message from the County Clerk

During this unprecedented crisis we recognize the critical need for land recordings to be processed expeditiously. The Union County Clerk Office will continue to offer all property recording services during normal hours.

For your safety and that of staff there is no public access to the physical office spaces .  Services are conducted by telephone consultation, internet, mail or email.  I urge all frequent submitters to contact one of our e-filing vendors to facilitate the quick turnaround of recordings.

Thank you for your assistance and be safe.

Joanne Rajoppi
Union County Clerk


County/Town Electronic Candidate Petitions


Passport Office

  • Both the Elizabeth and Westfield Passport Offices are closed until further notice.
  • Passport applicants and holders are further advised that the U.S. Department of State will honor all expedited service of passports submitted prior to March 18 with two- to four-week service. Regular passport renewals and new passports will be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  In addition, a ban on all international travel has been announced by the State Department.


Trade names, construction liens, clerks’ certificates and inheritance tax waivers

  • Persons requesting trade names, construction liens, clerks’ certificates and inheritance tax waivers are directed to mail their requests to the County Clerk for processing.  No in-person service will be conducted.


Notaries

  • Notaries who receive their commission during this time should be advised that the New Jersey Treasury Department has given assurance that the 90-day deadline to be sworn in will be extended.  Visit state.nj.us/treasury/revenue


Land Records

  • Frequent land records submitters, such as law firms and banks, are encouraged to use an e-filing service (the vendors used by the County Clerk are Corporation Service Company and SimpliFile).

Inheritance Tax Waivers, Construction Liens, requests for Clerk Certificates, and Trade Names

  • All Inheritance Tax Waivers, Construction Liens, requests for Clerk Certificates, and Trade Names are to be submitted to the Union County Clerk by mail only until further notice. Please mail to

Union County Clerk
2 Broad St
Elizabeth, NJ
Room 115


Elections

During the COVID 19 crisis, County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi has taken several initiatives in light of the challenges presented by the virus. We are deeply concerned about the safety of our voters and well as their democratic right to vote.

  • Vote by Mail is the most safe and secure option for the Primary Election. Download the application located on our app and website.

  • Email ucvote@ucnj.org with any change of addresses, especially for college and out of state students who are now home.

  • Return paid postage on all Vote by Mail ballots is implemented for the June Primary Election.

  • Safe, secure peel and stick envelopes is implemented for VBM ballots and inner certificate envelopes for the June Primary Election.

Board of Elections

  • Starting Monday, March 23 at 11:00 a.m., the Union County Board of Elections will be available for remote assistance only. Voters and other Union County residents can reach the Board of Elections by email at ucboe@ucnj.org or by leaving a phone message at 908-527-4121. All email and phone messages will be returned.
  • Reminder for Union County Voters: April 8th is the Deadline to Change Party Affiliation for June 2nd Primary Election. The Union County Board of Elections is currently working remotely. Voters who wish to process changes to their party affiliation can do so only by mail at this time as an original signature is required. Details.

Parks and Recreation

  • All permits for activities and events are postponed including  athletic fields, picnics areas, special events, Maskers Barn rentals, archery group lessons and scouting areas.
  • Facilities that are closed until further notice include: Warinanco Sports Center, Trailside Nature and Science Center, Watchung Stable, Galloping Hill and Ash Brook Golf Courses and the dog parks.
  • Restroom facilities within the parks are unavailable until further notice.
  • Use of paved paths and trails is currently permitted only under approved social distance guidelines and in accordance with other park regulations. For details please visit Guidance for Visiting Parks.  
  • For questions or concerns, please contact the Parks Department by email at parksinfo@ucnj.org.

Recycling

  • All countywide recycling events sponsored by Union County have been cancelled during the months of March and April.  This applies to Mobile Paper Shredding Events, Household Hazardous Waste Programs, and Scrap Metal Recycling.

Human Services

IDRC – Intoxicated Driving Resource Center (IDRC)

  • Classes are cancelled until further notice. For questions and/or concerns regarding the IDRC program, please email idrc@ucnj.org or call 908-527-4791 or 908-527-4804.  Please note that there may be a delay in IDRC response due to increased call/email volume during this time.

American Job Centers

  • Both of the American Job Centers (in Elizabeth and Plainfield) are closed until further notice to the public.


ParaTransit and the Route-22 Shuttle

  • Only life-sustaining medical trips will be made.  All other transportation is cancelled until further notice, including the Route 22 Safety Shuttle.   

Meals on Wheels

  • All remaining congregate sites are closed. Any person who previously ate at one of the 23 congregate meals sites and is unable to sustain without this assistance should call Union County Meals on Wheels 908-527-4870.
  • Home delivered meals for persons with disabilities and seniors over 60 and older will continue and may be expanded for persons in need of food delivery in their homes.

Emergency Shelter for Persons who are Homeless

  • Persons who are homeless, or anyone assisting a homeless person can call the Division of Social Services at 908-965-2700. All arrangements for assistance will be made by phone.
  • After 4:00 p.m., all after-hours referrals for shelter should be directed to the Statewide Homeless Hotline, 211 or 877-652-1148.

Snap Food Stamps, Cash Assistance and Work Requirements

To apply for SNAP food assistance, or cash assistance under the Work First New Jersey program, Union County residents may do so online at njhelps.org. An office visit is not required, as the Union County Division of Social Services will have staff is available to conduct interviews by phone.

Work First New Jersey cash assistance clients who are due for their case to be reviewed in March or April will receive a 60-day extension. The extension is automatic and does not require an office visit.

SNAP food assistance or Work First New Jersey cash assistance clients are excused from their work activity requirement without penalty. This includes people who are applying for Work First New Jersey General Assistance and who are in a work activity for 28 days while their application is being reviewed. Please note that voluntary participation in a work activity is allowed, if the activity is conducted in accordance with social distancing guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Clients are encouraged to mail or fax any needed paperwork to the Division of Social Services offices. For those dropping off papers by hand, use the drop boxes located in the front lobbies of the Social Services offices at 342 Westminster Avenue in Elizabeth or 200 West Second Street in Plainfield.

Attention SNAP recipients:  If your case is due to be recertified in March or April and you were unable to get your paperwork in or complete your interview, your case will not be closed. You will receive your benefits on the usual day. Your case will be recertified at some point in the future, once this public health crisis has settled. In the meantime, you will continue to receive SNAP benefits.


24 Hour Rape Crisis Hotline

  • Anyone in need of assistance due to sexual assault should call the 24 hour hotline: 908-233-RAPE

Social Services

Until further notice, the new hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The offices are closed on Fridays. In order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, residents are encouraged to conduct business with the two offices by phone:

As needed, in-person service is also available at both offices:

  • Elizabeth Office: 242 Westminster Avenue
  • Plainfield Office: 200 West Second Street

Any documents on paper may be submitted by drop box, located in the lobbies of both offices.

For other questions contact the DHS Action Line at DHSaction@ucnj.org or call 888-845-3434 or 908-558-2288. Messages will be returned Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Family Crisis Information

  • 24/7 response within one hour for youths in crisis or unable to remain in their homes by calling 908-514-2313

Immunization Clinic

  • The Pediatric Immunization Clinic remains open at 40 Parker Road in Elizabeth

Sheriff

  • Sheriff’s Sales are suspended until further notice.
  • Civilian Range is closed until further notice.

Surrogate

Effective March 23rd, the Surrogate office will be closed to the general public. Hours of operation effective immediately will be Monday and Thursday 8:30am-12:30pm for phone, fax or email only.

During the COVID-19 closure, our office will continue to process paperwork to probate Wills, appoint Administrators and perform other Surrogate appointments.  You can mail or fax the information sheet, death certificate, copy of Will (if applicable) and asset page to our office and the paperwork will be reviewed and processed by the staff.  If you prefer to email, you should email all documents to Susan Dinardo at sdinardo@ucnj.org  and they will be forwarded to the appropriate clerks for filing during our modified office hours. All paperwork will be mailed or emailed to you and/or your attorney for signatures and returned to our office for filing and preparation of fiduciary documents. 

All Superior Court, Chancery Division, Probate Part matters should be handled in a similar manner.  You may mail new Complaints and Orders to Show Cause to the office for review and filing.  Any emergent matters should be emailed directly to Lisa Brophy at lbrophy@ucnj.org.   She will correspond with counsel or pro se clients about the handling of these matters with the Superior Court Judge.  You may also email Ms. Brophy any new Complaints for filing and they will also be filed during our modified office hours.

Taxation Board

  • Property tax appeals filings will only be accepted via regular mail or by filing online.
  • The Supreme Court of New Jersey has extended the tax appeal filing deadline to May 1st, 2020 for all municipalities.
  • Contact the Taxation Board by email at taxman1@ucnj.org

Prosecutor

Public Safety

  • The Child Safety Seat Inspection Program suspended until further notice.
  • The Office of Consumer Affairs is working remotely. Please report suspected fraud, price gouging and other scams online at ucnj.org/public-safety, or call 908-654-9840. All voice mail is checked regularly.

Corrections (County Jail)

  • All visits for non-legal matters both contact and non-contact are suspended
  • All volunteer, re-entry services, or counseling services are suspended
  • Any programs that require outside staff or volunteers are suspended
  • Legal visits will be conducted as non-contact visits or via tele-communications.

Superior Court of Union County

  • Visit their website for information regarding the courts.