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About Maine Open Public Records
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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Maine Free Public Records Directory

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

Maine Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    1,548
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    20
  • Rape:
    516
  • Robbery:
    188
  • Aggravated Assault:
    824
  • Total Property Crime:
    16,743
  • Burglary:
    2,350
  • Larceny Theft:
    13,667
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    726
Maine Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    1,328,361
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    1,274,915
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    4%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    53,438
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    1,274,923
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    70,762
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    5%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    271,176
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    21%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    16%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    205,617
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    1,264,971
  • State's black resident population
    15,707
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    8,568
  • State's Asian resident population
    13,571
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    342
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    20,941
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    16,935
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    1,254,297
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    95%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    1%
  • 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
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    94%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Maine
  • Births
    14,120
  • Deaths
    12,493
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    89
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    86%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Maine Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    3%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    7%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    89%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    26%
  • Total number of Veterans
    139,410
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Maine
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    23 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    704,578
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    52,681
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    8%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    73%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $172,100
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    20%
  • Total number of households
    542,617
  • Average size of households
    2
  • Maine 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
    $24,980
  • Statewide income of median households in Maine
    $45,708
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    13%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $44,711
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $33,991
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    704,134
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    56,669
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    8%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    830,221
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    37,966
  • People employed by the government
    112,112
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    31,183,763
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    37,561
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    41,755
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