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About Maine Open Public Record

The Maine Freedom of Access Act, FOAA was enacted in 1959 and grants the people of this state a broad right of access to public records. There are over 300 statutory exceptions to the Freedom of Access Act's definition of a public record. Many of which specifically designate certain types of records, or classifies information within a record as confidential or otherwise not subject to the Freedom of Access laws. Maine's counties are divided into political jurisdictions. There are 16 counties in the state of Maine and collectively 488 organized municipalities consisting of cities, towns and plantations. Maine also has three reservations. Criminal history records and juvenile crime information are maintained by the Maine State Police, State Bureau of Identification. Criminal history record information includes summary information concerning the passage of an adult through the criminal justice system. Inspect an abundance of Maine public records online using the most current research sources. Request criminal history records and reports from the Maine State Police. Research current court cases through the Maine Judicial Branch. Look up information on the education and background of Maine's residents. Inspect records of births, deaths and marriages in the state. See what it's like to live in Maine by researching the current housing and real estate data. Link to the county databases to learn about individual county governments and resources. Gather an abundance of data on community services and local attractions by searching the city websites. Find statistics about the firms and companies doing business in the state. Read about up to date current events and breaking crime stories in any Maine. New Maine sources are added on a regular basis for the best and most current services.
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Maine Free Public Records Directory


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

Maine Free Court Records Search


Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Ask Questions, About Maine

  • How do I find in Maine, an unclaimed life insurance policy?
    Do you know the name of the insurance company? If they are out of business, contact the insurance commissioner for the state where the policy was purchased. Also check with the unclaimed property office of the state where the policy was purchased. (Staff)
  • How can I obtain in Maine, all public records relating to a specific traffic accident?
    If you're trying to request an official incident report from the police, you can check the area's police website. Which ever department responded and took the report, probably has a website stating how to request their reports. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Maine, free online access to the name of the owner of a vehicle, if I know the plate number?
    I wouldn't want people looking up my information based on my plate number unless I've been in an accident with that party. Probably not considered open public information because of that reason and other privacy issues. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Maine, a criminal records check from the State Police and will that include all arrests?
    Arrest reports are created from the department and officer which made the arrest. The department in which the officer files his report maintains and provides copies from their records' departments. If you are not sure of the location of the arrest or which department, a criminal record check might help. Although all arrests do not necessarily end up in convictions and appear in background checks, many do. The state police maintains a website which offers a public background check of criminal history. This would be a good place to start the search but may not find all the arrests. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Maine, if a criminal check is requested from the department of public safety, state police, would it also show arrests, since it's from official law enforcement searches?
    Arrest records are not part of most criminal or background checks regardless of whether the police provides it or not, even if the state police maintains the central depository for criminal records. An arrest report pertains to an official report and documentation written by the police similar to a field report. An arrest report is a type of police report amongst others such as incidents which do not include arrests, crash reports involving accidents, vandalism, theft and more. These reports are available to the public, but are subject to the department's policy and process. These arrest reports are generally requested individually by the defendant, their attorney or others involved to the incident. The purpose is not aimed to see if a person is arrested, a background check or search of criminal records will reveal not only arrests, but convictions also and is probably a better choice. (Staff)