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): January 27, 2005

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

(d)      On January 28, 2005, Automatic Data Processing, Inc., a Delaware
corporation, announced that Mr. John P. Jones had been elected to the
Registrant's Board of Directors on January 27, 2005.  Mr. Jones has not been
named to serve as a member of any committees of the Board of Directors.
Mr. Jones is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Products and
Chemicals, Inc.  Mr. Jones is a graduate of Villanova University.  His election
increases the size of the Registrant's board to 12 directors.


      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: January 31, 2005

                                               AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING, INC.

                                               By:  /s/   James B. Benson
                                                    Name:  James B. Benson
                                                    Title: Vice President