Showing Posts In "Public Records" Category

Disturbing Appeals Court Ruling on MVRS Containing Accidents

A District Court decision was overruled by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in a case concerning driving records (MVRs). In the case, a CRA obtained an MVR from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), which included two moving violations and a “noncompliance suspension,” and reported it to the client. The […]


On The Hill On December 6th, Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 5332, the Protecting Your Credit Score Act, which would amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to ensure that consumer reporting agencies are providing fair and accurate information in consumer reports. The bill has been ordered to be reported by the House Committee […]

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 – 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 . 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 […]

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 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 […]


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