Showing Posts In "Public Records" Category





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 […]


Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) Provided by the Department of Transportation

NIC state affiliates provide a variety of online services in 30 states. NIC is also the conduit for the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) provided by the Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. PSP provides electronic access to a driver’s crash and inspection history from the FMCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). Read […]


Study on Hit Radio for Criminal Name Searches

In September 2011, the Public Record Retriever Network (PRRN – www.prrn.us)conducted a study regarding the frequency of “hits” when performing name searches using the criminal record index found at the courthouse. For example, if 100 different names were searched onsite at the courthouse, how many of these names would reveal a criminal record? The study […]


California Courts and Record Access

There was quite a bit of news and push back about the trailer bill that would have dramatically altered the fee structure for viewing and obtaining court records in California. The bill was killed by the legislature on June 14, 2013. However, another bill was added to the budget bill, which was passed on the […]


Gov.’s Proposal Would Charge $10 for Court Records Search

In a move that is raising concern about limiting access to public documents, California courts could charge $10 for each record search under a proposal included in Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget. The governor included the search fee as one of the ways the courts can raise $30 million a year to offset budget cuts. The […]


Resources for Searching Non-Profits and Foundations

Below are several recommended organizations that are quite helpful for finding information on non-profits and similar business entities. This information is from the 3rd Edition of the Manual to Online Public Records by Cynthia Hetherington and Michael Sankey. GuideStar (www.guidestar.org ) is a great starting point to find detailed financial information about non-profits. It also […]




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