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What Are Public Records?

Public records are records or files that are recorded by local, state, federal or other government agencies. Most public records are available to the public for free or for an administrative fee. The availability of certain records are determined by federal, state, and local regulations. Public records may include

  • court files, including case indexes, tax liens and judgments, bankruptcy files, criminal arrest and conviction records, warrants, civil court recordings
  • property records
  • driver’s license information
  • registered voter files
  • professional or business licenses
  • birth certificates
  • marriage certificates
  • death certificates
  • divorce records
  • arrest records
  • change of address form

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