As you can guess by the name, the term “public records” relates to information – often about people or businesses – that is available for public viewing. If you live and work in the US, chances are there are public records on you and – if you’ve ever applied for a job or even to rent an apartment – it’s more than likely that a public records search has been performed on you. However, it’s also possible other people have looked up your public records completely anonymously.
By their very nature, public records can legally be examined by anyone with an interest in them. In situations where that information can negatively affect you for housing, employment or credit, the person looking up your public records has to seek your permission and – if requested – provide you with information about the results. However, anyone who is merely curious about someone else can use an instant background check – like the one below – to get whatever information is available.
The big question a lot of people have is what specific kind of public records information is out there about people. Well, public records cover everything from bankruptcies, liens and criminal records to address histories, relatives and associates (i.e. people who have lived at the same address at the same time). Though laws vary from state to state, divorce records are typically also part of public records as is real estate information (such as official appraisals). Virtually all court proceedings become a matter of public record, so the list can be quite extensive.
The next question, of course, is how to find public records. Well, even though records may be public, it doesn’t mean you can just Google them. In fact, the vast majority of them aren’t available online at all and – for those that are – you have to know where to look (i.e. the specific county, the specific case number, etc.).
Public also doesn’t mean free in this case – pulling a single record at a single courthouse can cost $15 or more.
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