From time to time, you might find it necessary to look up information that pertains to a certain person or business. A lot of information is available from public records, but where do you go to find that information?
I can tell you one place you should NOT go to look for public records: Google. This applies if you do any searches like these:
- background check
- court records
- DMV records
- judgements or Liens
- military records
- missing children
Those types of searches, and many more like them, will only bring up online search services that want to sell you all of their services. These companies have a place obviously (the ones that are legitimate anyway – some of them are just scams), but in a lot of cases they are only providing information that you could go and access yourself if you knew where to find it.
So where do you start? Here’s a good place: The Public Records Center.
You can start by searching specifically for your state, or you can begin by choosing the type of nationwide search you want to do. These include:
One thing to watch out for on this site is that they do sell some banner ads. It might look like you are still just continuing your “information search” but you are actually going to a third-party website. These ads are labeled as “Ads by PublicRecordAds.com” so just watch for it:
If you need to do a background check on someone as a prospective employee (or the guy your daughter just started dating!), you may want information that is more complete than what is available at this site. If that is the case, contact me and I can put you in touch with a professional background verification service.
In this week’s video…I don’t know what this woman was thinking. Isn’t it kind of common sense that you don’t just walk up to a buffalo while it’s eating?