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About Georgia Open Public Records
Under the Georgia Open Records Act, also known as the Georgia Sunshine Laws all public records are available for inspection and copying unless they are specifically exempted from disclosure under the law. These statutes provide that records and information held by governments are open to the public with exceptions to confidentiality and privacy. The state of Georgia is divided into 159 counties. There are 535 cities in Georgia. Although some Georgia cities may call themselves towns, there is no legal difference between cities, towns or villages. Georgia criminal history records are generally obtained from Sheriff's Office or Police Departments and also found in case files. The criminal history record includes the person's identification data, arrest data, final judicial disposition data submitted by a court, prosecutor or other criminal justice agency and custodial information if the offender was incarcerated in a Georgia correctional facility. Georgia public records in an organized, easy to access format. Find directories leading to information categorized by counties and cities, as well as subject matter. Request vital records through state, county, or city websites. Research all pertinent information regarding Georgia government, public services, resources and local community events. Access crime statistics and read Georgia crime reports. Request court and criminal records through online websites. Learn about demographic and household facts in Georgia and read about current events. Obtain income and employment statistics and find out about real estate and housing in the state. Discover facts about Georgia citizens education and background history. Learn about the nature of the firms currently doing business in the state and the cultural heritage of company ownership. These sites and statistics are being continually updated with the most current information.
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  • How do I search in Georgia for a lien on a company?
    The Georgia Superior court clerks' cooperative authority's website provides the general public with a free search. The lookup is based on a name search. The search includes separate instructions regarding entering individuals' names, which means the search is not always an individual, as opposed to an entity. Searching the owners' names can help with a more comprehensive search. You can also conduct a business entity search through the Office of the Georgia Secretary of State, corporation division, and see the listed officers' names, which is also an open public search.
  • How do I find out in Georgia if I have a Warrant, Subpoena, Etc.?
    Through searching courts, these (Warrant Subpoena Etc) are generally issued by judges. There are certain police departments which will show warrants on their webpages, but they tend to be issued by the judges. These records are mostly on the county level, since most criminal cases arise from county court. Georgia's state website has a page titled "Learning about Warrants", it says what you can do and your right when it comes to requesting warrant information.
  • Where do I find a copy of a divorce confirmation letter in Georgia?
    The Georgia Department of health issues divorce confirmation letters if you don't need an official certificate (which you can get directly from the county court clerk). Go to the department's website and search for Divorce Confirmations. Under the required information, you will find the request form; there's a ten-dollar fee for the department to search. The confirmation letter is sent by mail, and so is the request.
  • Where can I find my arrears on child support in Georgia, and if I have a warrant for my arrest?
    It depends on where in Georgia. Certain cities, such as the Atlanta Municipal Court, make it easy and allow an open online search of warrants. In some cases, the law enforcement's website also puts out a warrant page; if you know which area, there may be another user who can help.
  • How can I determine if my husband has filed for divorce in Georgia?
    You can look up individual cases online by going to the superior court's search page (county level). These searches can be found through gov. county pages, either from this site or search engines. When using search engines, make sure it is a government site and it can take some navigation; you can always use the search window within site. Fulton county's search, for example, is hidden; there's a link that mentions "Acquire Copies," which carries a fee and is not just the information but copies from the case file. If you don't need case file copies, you can go to Online Options/judicial case search on that same menu. If you only know the party name, a drop-down will change it from a citation or case number search. I searched "All Superior" and "All case records," and one of the first cases I noticed was a divorce filing.
  • Where can I find in Georgia, the disposition of a criminal case?
    You can either request copies of criminal cases directly from the court clerk online or from automated civil case searches which offer an overview and sometimes more. A majority of theses cases are at the county level, and list of the counties in a drop down menu on the top right of this page will take you to the county page, from there you can begin by clicking on the courts' link and browse to find the case you're looking for. Fulton and Clayton are two which I used and both had free cases online.
  • Where can I find in Georgia, my criminal records?
    Criminal records are a focal part of background checks being requested. Many background and criminal checks are provided by police departments and sheriffs offices. The state also offers a felon search that can be conducted online instantly. There is no control over how much criminal information/background is disclosed to the public and found on these reports. For more detailed information, a researcher can go the to courthouse where the criminal trial was held and view case records. Many courthouses have a way in which the public can search and request copies of its filings. The methods in which are available to you are based on the custodians of the record and due to this reason some data is easier to obtain than others. There are restrictions as to the type of record an individual is requesting. Many public records contain information that are personal to individuals and therefore the provider has to maintain a balance between public record laws and privacy. Using private sources can have less restrictions and difficulty. Numerous companies use private background check services to pre screen potential employees. Check online for published news of past arrests, these may still be around on the net. Try to search as the person which may be looking thoroughly online for any data, including news media, social media and others.
  • Where can I find free access to public marriage records in Georgia?
    This depends on where and when the marriage occurred. Archived marriage records are not protected as the more recent ones are. Archived marriage records are more of an issue of data retrieval and collection. Newer marriage licenses from government recorders will most likely charge a fee. The location is also an issue as some courts allow for walk-ins and free searches; however, ordering copies can carry a cost. Early county marriages from newspapers show information freely online also.
  • Where can I find a public record in Georgia?
    Departments throughout the government set forth procedures to obtain their files/records on their websites. You can do the work yourself online. Many databases are free; you can see what is available as a public record. It's best to narrow it down by the type of record or which entity would have that record. As many records are considered public, their access differs for various records. Generally, the more often the record is requested, the better the access is due to its popularity.
  • Where can I find access to and a copy of an arrest record on someone in Georgia?
    Arrest reports are created and provided by the arresting police department. Records of arrests can be found in many places, such as individual police logs or inmate/jail lists throughout Georgia. The Clarke County Sheriff's Office is a good example of open arrest records. An arrest can also be viewed on published news sites; up to the individual to determine the best source. If you know the person's name and which department made the arrest, you can contact that particular law enforcement agency directly. Their websites generally have instructions on how to provide them and what you need. Inmate lists also show some information but are usually not very specific and include recently released detainees.
Georgia Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Georgia Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    36,170
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    654
  • Rape:
    2,922
  • Robbery:
    7,961
  • Aggravated Assault:
    24,633
  • Total Property Crime:
    252,249
  • Burglary:
    39,506
  • Larceny Theft:
    188,967
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    23,776
Georgia Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    9,687,653
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    8,186,781
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    18%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    1,501,200
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    8,186,453
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    751,215
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    8%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    2,583,792
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    26%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    10%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    1,014,814
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    5,787,440
  • State's black resident population
    2,950,435
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    32,151
  • State's Asian resident population
    314,467
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    6,799
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    207,489
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    853,689
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    5,413,920
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    60%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    31%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    2%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    9%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    56%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Georgia
  • Births
    151,137
  • Deaths
    68,331
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    1,206
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    82%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Georgia Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    9%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    12%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    83%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    27%
  • Total number of Veterans
    717,855
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Georgia
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    27 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    4,063,548
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    781,706
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    24%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    68%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $160,100
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    20%
  • Total number of households
    3,417,298
  • Average size of households
    3
  • Georgia Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $25,098
  • Statewide income of median households in Georgia
    $47,469
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    17%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $319,018
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $33,499
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    4,768,923
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    457,195
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    10%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    5,559,982
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    667,688
  • People employed by the government
    786,034
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    251,981,766
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    45,321
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    227,593
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