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Facts About The Currency and Accuracy of Criminal Records at State Criminal Record Repositories

Employers and state occupation licensing boards often depend on states’ criminal record repositories as primary resources when performing a criminal record background check. However, these entities may not realize that a search of these record repositories may not be as accurate and complete as assumed, regardless if fingerprints are submitted. Every two years the DOJ’s […]


The Fundamentals of Public Record Searching

The depth and scope of information that exists on people, businesses, and places is staggering. What used to be mostly paper and microfiche trails of data have turned into cyber trails of bytes managed by the government and by private companies. “Yes,” says the clerk at the County Recorder’s Office. “All our recorded documents are […]


Important to Illinois Public Record Searchers

The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation recently issued a “cease and desist” letter to a PRRN (Public Record Retriever Network – www.prrn.us) member based in Illinois for performing public record research and not having a private investigator’s license. The Department interpreted that the act of researching public records is considered to be performing an “investigation.” […]


Motor Vehicle Record News

Arkansas: As of December, 2011. Arkansas Drivers may now request, view and print their own record online at https://www.ark.org/personal_tvr/index.php . The name, DOB, DL, the DL issue date, and last five digits of the SSN are required along with a major credit card. The fee is $8.50 for an insurance record or $11.50 for a […]


California Birth and Death Certificates

Effective January 1, 2012, the fee for a certified copy of a birth, death, or fetal death certificate increases by $2.00 per record. This increase will take place at the California Department of Heath (CADH) and also at the county level. The fees at various county clerk and recorder’s offices vary and do not necessarily […]


Facts About the Accuracy and Completeness of State Agency Criminal Record Repository

Many employers and state licensing boards depend on state criminal record repositories as a primary resource when performing a criminal record background check. What these entities do not realize is that a search of the state criminal record database may not be as accurate as assumed. There are three key reasons why the completeness, consistency, […]


Mobile Apps Becoming More Popular for Accessing State Record Data

A trend appears to be in the making as yet several more states recently announced new mobile web applications to allow access to public record documents and services. The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs recently launched its second mobile web app. This app provides business filers the ability to renew their annual filings. […]


New Site Offers Unique Access to Bankruptcy Records

Interesting web page is giving the federal courts’ PACER system a bit of competition for accessing bankruptcy case information. The new site, called Inforuptcy, gives requesters the ability to view or purchase previously downloaded PACER documents. See https://www.inforuptcy.com The way it works is quite simple. The search is free. If the case document is available […]


Free Driver License Status Checks

Motor vehicle records (driving records, title, registration, accident reports, etc.) are not public when the records contain personal information. A requester must have a permissible use per both federal and state law. However, some states do provide some useful records online, without personal identifiers, at no charge. The selected list below for a free search […]


Makeup of Death Master File Changed

Effective November 1, 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is no longer including state death records in the SSA’s Master Death File (DMF). The law governing this action is found at www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title02/0205.htm . Section 205(r) prohibits the SSA from disclosing state death records it receives, except in limited circumstances. Since it can no longer add […]




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