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Helpful Articles on Public Record Searching

The articles on this page will assist you in how to search for public records. Besides the many searching tips herein, this resource is also helpful for finding where certain types of government records can be accessed, accurately and inexpensively. Regardless of what camp you fall into – the legal professional or casual requester – to some degree the articles below should help the way you search for public records.

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Public Record Searching Techniques (New Article)

This 9-page primer covers a variety of topics including how to evaluate sources, perform name searches, use of identifiers, access methods, record fees, online subscription accounts, and watching for disclaimers.


Searching At State Agency Criminal Record Repositories

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.


Six Tips for Searching Court Records

A series of tips that should be kept in mind as you perform your record searching at the courts.


Searching Recorded Documents Judgments, and Liens

Recorded documents, judgments and liens are among the most popular types of public records sought. This six-page guide examines the basics when performing these searches at the local level.


A Guide to Motor Vehicle Records

Sometimes motor vehicle records are public, sometime not. This six-page article (taken from the 2015/2016 MVR Access and Decoder Digest) examines driving records, license status checks, monitoring systems, vehicle title and registration records, vessel title and registration records, accident reports, and liens.


Federal Agency Sanctions and Watch Lists

This article examines public record databases of individuals and companies that have sanctions, violations, enforcement actions, or warnings initiated against them by one of nine different federal government departments that have sanctioning ability.

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