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 9, 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)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to
simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the
following provisions:

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     (17 CFR 230.425)

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     (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

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Item 5.02.  Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors;
            Appointment of Principal Officers

(b) On November 9, 2004, Mr. Josh Weston, a director of the Registrant since
1977, retired from the Registrant's Board of Directors in accordance with the
automatic retirement provision of the Board's retirement policy that provides
that at each Annual Meeting of the Registrant, the oldest member of the Board of
Directors shall automatically retire, until there are no directors over the age
of 72. Mr. Henry Taub, the Registrant's founder, is exempt from this automatic
retirement provision.


            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 9, 2004

                                       AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING, INC.

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