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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 […]


More States Enacting the 2010 Amendments to UCC Article 9

Over the past several years, states’ filing offices have been busy gaining legislative approval for implementing the amendments to Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code. The changes are to go into affect July 1, 2013. Approx. 80% of the states have passed laws to date. On March 20, 2013, Montana’s governor signed […]


National Credit Reporting Association (NCRA) Changes Name

Effective January 1, 2013 the National Credit Reporting Association (NCRA) changed its name to the National Consumer Reporting Association. This is the second growth-related name change in NCRA’s 20 year history. The organization was founded in 1992 as the National Association of Independent Credit Reporting Agencies (NAICRA). The name change is a response to better […]


SAM and the Excluded Party List System (EPLS)

Access to the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) has been taken over by a new system. EPLS, along with Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), and the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), were migrated into the new System for Award Management also known as SAM. At this time, SAM is overwhelmed […]


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. […]




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