Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K
                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

      Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 1, 2004

                        AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING, INC.                      
         (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware                       1-5397                              22-1467904
(State or other                (Commission                       (IRS Employer
jurisdiction of                File Number)                      Identification
incorporation)                                                   No.)

One ADP Boulevard, Roseland, New Jersey                                 07068  
(Address of principal executive offices)                             (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (973) 974-5000

      (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Item 8.01.        Other Events

On June 22, 2004, Automatic Data Processing, Inc., a Delaware corporation
("ADP"), announced that it had entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement by and
among ADP, ADP Atlantic, Inc., a Delaware corporation ("ADP Atlantic"), Quick &
Reilly/Fleet Securities, Inc., a Delaware corporation and the Bank of America
Corporation, a Delaware corporation, pursuant to which ADP Atlantic agreed to
acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of the capital stock of Fleet
Securities Inc., a New York corporation, as well as certain assets and
liabilities of the BrokerDealer Services division of Banc of America Securities
LLC. ADP completed the previously announced acquisition on November 1, 2004.

        Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: November 2, 2004

                                              AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING, INC.

                                              By: /s/ Karen E. Dykstra
                                              Name:   Karen E. Dykstra
                                              Title:  Chief Financial Officer