Accessing Public Records

When it comes to accessing public records there are several different ways to go about getting the information you need. Everyone has a right to access public records and there are several ways to go about it. You can go to the court where the records are located and apply in person or you can use the regular mail system to request this information.

You can also send the court a fax or call them by telephone. Modern technology has made it possible for you to receive this information online and you can always hire a private detective or use FOIA when accessing public records. Each one of these options is listed below in more detail to help you determine which one would suit your needs the best.

Accessing Public Records by Mail

When you want to access public records by mail you need to make sure you provide all the information needed for the courts to know which records it is that you’re requesting. You’ll need to pick up a public records request form from the court house nearest you or see if you can download one from online. Fill out all required fields and mail to the address of the court house that has the records you’re requesting. Put “Attn: Public Records” on the outside of the envelope. Continue reading

Accessing Public Records by Telephone

You can also access a public record by telephone. Simply call up the courts and request the records you need. It’s recommended that you have all of the information ready and in front of you before you call. The person at the court house helping you will not have time to wait for you to gather everything together. They will expect you to have this information ready. Therefore, it’s a good idea to do some research to find out what you need before you get started. Continue reading


The FOIA is the Freedom of Information Act and it was signed into law in the year 1966 and put into effect in 1967. It was designed to encourage accountability by allowing the media and individuals to have access to information linked with the actions of the Government. In other words, this information is now public records and it can be accessed in the same way public records for individuals are accessed. Continue reading

Accessing Public Records in Person

Accessing public records can still be done in person by simply going to the local court house where the information is filed. The problem with this method is that it can be very time consuming and if you don’t know how to properly search the archives, you may not even be able to find what you’re looking for. It can still take days even when you do have this type of experience. It’s for this reason that most people prefer not to access a public record in this Continue reading

Accessing Public Records Online

Accessing public records is easy when you use the Internet to find this information. It’s one of the easiest ways available and it can be done from the comforts of your own home. There are many other advantages to accessing public records online such as, you can get the results almost instantly in most cases. There is not a bunch of “red tape” to go through and no hassles to deal with. Once the results are available you can print them out or store them on your computer for future references. It’s cost effective and you can do multiple searches too. Continue reading