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How Do I Find Local Public Records?

How Do I Find Local Public Records?

To find local public records, such as property records, court records, vital records, and other documents maintained by local government agencies.

Typically use the following methods…

  1. County Websites –  Many county governments have official websites that provide access to public records online. These websites may have dedicated sections or portals for accessing various types of records, such as property records, land deeds, marriage licenses, and court documents. You can search for the official website of the county where the records are located and look for the section related to public records or services.
  2. County Clerk’s Office –  The county clerk’s office is often responsible for maintaining public records, including land records, marriage records, and court documents. You can visit or contact the county clerk’s office in person, by phone, or through their website to inquire about accessing public records and any procedures or fees involved.
  3. Courthouse or Clerk of Court –  If you’re looking for court records, such as criminal or civil case filings, judgments, or court orders, you can contact the courthouse or clerk of court’s office in the relevant jurisdiction. They can provide information on how to access court records, including online access, in-person visits, or requests by mail.
  4. Vital Records Office – Vital records, such as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, and divorce decrees, are typically maintained by the state or county vital records office. You can contact the relevant office to request copies of these records or inquire about access to public records.
  5. Online Databases and Services – Some local government agencies or third-party providers offer online databases or services for searching and accessing public records. These databases may allow you to search for records by name, address, or other criteria and may provide access to digitized copies of documents. Be sure to verify the authenticity and reliability of any online databases or services you use.
  6. Public Libraries – Public libraries often have resources and databases that can help you access public records, such as subscription-based databases or access to government websites. Librarians can also assist with research and accessing public records.

When searching for local public records, be aware of any applicable fees, restrictions, or privacy regulations that may apply to accessing or obtaining certain records. Be sure to follow any procedures or guidelines provided by the relevant government agencies for accessing public records.