The Hudson County Surrogate’s Court will closing at 2:00PM on Friday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day and resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, May 30.


Please be advised that the Surrogate’s Court is open to the public, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call 201-795-6378, to schedule a date and time to come in.

NOTE: Only the applicant is to appear at the scheduled appointment. If the applicant needs the assistance of another person, you must advise the staff member making the appointment.

Thank you.


Welcome to the official website of the Hudson County Surrogate. This website is designed to assist the public with information regarding services offered by the County Surrogate’s Office.

As your Surrogate, my duties are to appoint representatives for estates, whether it is probating a Will, granting Letters of Administration or Guardianship for Minors. In addition, I also serve as Clerk to the Superior Court, Chancery Division, Probate Part and Family Part for Adoption matters.


The Estate Index Search is available from the years 1800-Present. 

This Index is updated every 72-96 Hours with ONLY matters that have been issued, if there is a matter pending within this court it will NOT APPEAR in this index. 

Please be advised when using the Estate Index Search, not all entries you select maybe directly related to the estate, you will only be sent a payment invoice for documents that pertain to the case. A recovery fee of $10.00 is added to all request for PLAIN COPIES. Please note the recovery fee does not apply to request for updated certificates/affidavits, certified or exemplified copy of proceedings. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding a docket, you MUST email PRIOR to submitting the request and/or payment. 

Should you conduct a search
and not find a record please submit your request via mail. Be sure to include the first and last name(s) of the decedents, date of birth/death and last known address.

Your request must be sent to the Surrogate’s Court along with the search fee of $10.00 per search
payable to the Surrogate of Hudson County by check or money order to:

Hudson County Surrogate
Hudson County Administration Building
595 Newark Avenue, 4th Floor, Room 407, Jersey City, NJ, 07306

Estate Index Search – Insert LAST NAME ONLY
Lookup Order #


Contact Us

Office Hours

Office Notice

Hudson County Surrogate’s Court
Hudson County Administration Building
595 Newark Avenue
4th Floor, Room 407
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: 201-795-6378
Fax: 201-795-5488

Monday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Please Be Advised That The Surrogate’s Court Is Open To The Public, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please Call 201-795-6378 to Schedule A Date And Time To Come In.

Please be advised that Surrogate’s Court will be closed on the following days and dates for 2023:

New Years Day (observed) (Jan. 2, 2023)

Martin Luther King’s Birthday (Jan. 16, 2023)

President’s Day (Feb. 20, 2023)

Good Friday (Apr. 7, 2023)

Memorial Day (May 29, 2023)

Juneteenth (Jun. 16, 2023)

Independence Day (Jul. 4, 2023)

Labor Day (Sept. 4, 2023)

Columbus Day (Oct. 9, 2023)

Election Day (Nov. 7, 2023)

Veterans Day (Nov. 10, 2023)

Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23, 2023)

Day After Thanksgiving (Nov. 24, 2023)

Christmas Day (Dec. 25, 2023)

Superior Court
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How to obtain a certified copy of a death certificate?

Certified copies of death certificates are available from Local Registrars for the municipality where the death occurred. Click here for listing of municipalities in Hudson County.

  1. What do I bring to the Surrogate’s Court to Probate a Will?

Please Note: Probate cannot be completed until the day following the tenth day after death.

The named executor must bring the following to the Surrogate’s Court:

  1. The Original Will
  2. Original Death certificate With Raised Seal
  3. Photo Identification
  4. Fact and Information Sheet (Will – Fact and Information Sheet)

Names and Address of Next of Kin-This includes the names and addresses of closest next of kin including any of the children of the decedent’s alive or deceased, children of the decedent’s deceased sibling, if the decedent had no surviving spouse or children.

Personal Check, Credit or Debit Card or Cash for filing fees and costs: Generally, filing fees and costs are approximately $150-$200. This varies based upon the length of the Will and complexities of the estate. The filing fee for the Will is $100.00 dollars for the first two pages and $5.00 for each additional page. The cost of Surrogate’s Certificates is $5.00 per certificate.

  1. Who has the right to be appointed when an individual dies without a Will?

The next of kin of the decedent have the right to be appointed.  This is determined by statute. The surviving spouse or domestic partner has the first right. Children of the decedent are next. However, any heir may be appointed assuming they obtain the appropriate renunciations from any other heir who has an equal or prior right to be appointed.

  1. What do I bring if the decedent dies without a will?

You must still go through the probate process. You will be required to bring:

Original Death certificate With Raised Seal

Renunciations, if applicable, from parties not willing to serve as administrator. Please call 201-795-6378 for more information.

A list of the decedent’s assets and an approximate value of each.(i.e The Make, Model and Vin number for any car in the decedent’s name alone, Bank Account information such as Bank name, Account number and most recent statement.)

  1. How long will this take?

It generally takes between Thirty to Forty- Five Minutes to complete the probate process.

  1. What happens if I can’t find the Original Will?

If the original will cannot be found, the next of kin to the deceased would make application for Administration.

  1. Why does the Surrogate Court keep the original Will and what happens if I need it again?

The Original Will remains on file in our office and is a public record which can be accessed accordingly. A copy of the will is provided to the executor at the time of probate.

  1. What is a Surety Bond and why do I need to get one?

A surety bond is an insurance policy that protects the beneficiaries and creditors of the estate. In some cases Administrators are required by law to obtain a surety bond based on amount to be inherited in order to be appointed. Executors may not be required to obtain a surety bond if the Will waives that requirement. The Costs of the bond are reimbursable by the estate and any other expenses associated with the probate process.

  1. Do I need an attorney?

No, an attorney is not required to appear in the Surrogate Court with the applicant.

  1. When is an estate considered closed?

An estate is considered closed upon the executor, administrator or appointed next-of-kin filing the following in the Surrogate’s Court:
1.         Accounting (where formal court proceedings require filing an accounting);
2.         Refunding Bond and Release forms from each beneficiary; and
3.         Tax waiver from the State of New Jersey

  1. Where Can I Get the “Annual Report of Guardian” Form?

The Annual Report of Guardian must be filed yearly on the anniversary date of a guardian’s appointment, unless the judge specified otherwise on the date of appointment.  File the original with the Surrogate and send a copy to the attorney that served as court-appointed counsel.  The filing fee for this report is $5.00 per page. Guardianship reporting forms and instructions are provided on our site. Visit the Superior Court forms section for the most current forms and instructions.

  1. How can I obtain copies of documents probated? 

A copy of documents probated can be obtained in person, through the mail or online through our online index. The fee for a copy is $3.00/page; searches are $10.00 per estate through the mail payable to the Surrogate of Hudson County, via check or money order.