Free Government Public Record Sites

The links below lead to government agencies who provide free online record searching and access to public record information. The data is taken from The Public Record Research System.

Important Facts to Know About Searching Government Records

There are three important truths about searching public records online from government agencies:
  • Only 70% or so of government maintained public records are available online. For example, 29% of the state and local courts do NOT provide online access to criminal or civil data.
  • Government sites can be free or fee-based. Generally, the fee-based sites are more robust.
  • Most free government public record name search sites contain no personal identifiers beyond the name. This can be a problem when researching a common name.
Keep these three truths in mind and your public record searching will lead to better results.

If you are looking for the more than a free links list - please check out BRB's Public Record Research System (PRRS).

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