The Idaho Legislature affirmed the state's commitment to open government by enacting it's Public Records Law in 1990. The law protects each citizen's right to monitor the actions of state and local government entities by providing access to governmental records. Requests for public documents are handled by the individual public agencies which maintain the documents being sought. There are certain exceptions which include but are not limited to juvenile records, law enforcement investigations and court records that would result in the release of confidentiality. The state of Idaho has 44 counties and 1,242 populated places including cities, towns, neighborhoods, subdivisions and settlements. There are 200 incorporated cities. The Idaho state police Bureau of Criminal Identification is the criminal history repository. Idaho law authorizes the provision of criminal history information for non-criminal justice purposes such as employment screening and licensure. Obtain Idaho public records from official government websites. Request birth, death, and other vital records maintained in Idaho databases available to the general public. Discover directories which guide searchers to state, county, and city sites containing useful information regarding government procedures, resources, and public services available to Idahoans. Find out about property and land values, as well as pertinent real estate data and information about households in the state. See statistics detailing income and employment data, including citizens employed by the government. Obtain a breakdown by gender and ethnicity of privately owned businesses in Idaho. Find figures regarding population and demographics of the citizens residing in Idaho and learn about their education and background histories. View current news stories making local and national headlines. Check back frequently for updated news, statistics, and new information.
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