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New York has three laws governing open records. The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) assures the people access to government records. The Open Meetings Law (OML) gives the people the right to attend meetings of governing bodies. The Personal Privacy Protection Law (PPPL) requires state agencies to meet standards regarding keeping and disclosure of personal information. A unit of the Department of State, the Committee on Open Government oversees and advises the government and the public on these laws. On July 26, 1788, New York became the eleventh state of the Union. It is often referred to as New York State to distinguish is from New York city. The city of New York is the most populous city in the nation with over 8 million people. It is known as a Gateway for Immigration to the United States and a destination for many visitors. Access to criminal history records and background checks are available through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Discover quick and easy resources for New York public records online. Get information about state, city and county services. Find useful links for New York birth, court and criminal records in this directory. View crime statistics, census data, vital statistics and resident background information. Read about current housing, real estate data, land and property valuations. Browse about the people, employment, overall economy data and businesses in New York. Find everything you need to search about public records and municipalities, all in one site. Page is updated regularly to bring the most current information.
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  • Where can I find access to my charges in New York?
    You can check the filings at the courthouse's records department; you will need to know which county. Court records are generally open to the public unless sealed by the judge.
  • How do I view my husband's arrest records in New York when I live in California?
    When inmates are in custody, their information is made available to the public. Many put their inmate rosters online, depending on which detention facility. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) allows open searches of their inmate population online. Click on the New York Prison and Jail Inmates link above and your landing page will be the query form.
  • How can I find in New York, if a marriage license is a matter of public record and if I can get a copy?
    If you go to the state's department of health you can see what is needed to request a marriage license copy. Also, you will see a link to archived or genealogy records, which are records of fifty years or older and both spouses are deceased.
  • How do I find in New York, if I have a active warrant for my arrest?
    There are different types of warrants. They are generally issued by the courts/judges, often for failing to appear at trial. Other reasons can be for failing to complete or prove community service, to pay a fine, to make an appearance on a case that's already proceeding or appear to begin serving their sentence. With civil cases, a warrant can be issued when a person failed to comply with a summons for jury duty or court order. In certain cases, the warrant search can be looked up online, it will be much easier to know which county/court. Onondaga is an example of a county warrant search that is open and online.
  • Where do I find a copy of the bankruptcy in New York if I have the docket number and the discharge court date?
    The search above has bankruptcies free and open to visitors. It has been limited to cases since 2014 and does not provide the entire case, but it may still have the essential information you are looking into.
  • Where can I find work in New York if I have difficulty finding a job because of my criminal record?
    Arrests alone shouldn’t appear on general background checks which search criminal court records. Arrests do not always result in convictions, charges, going to court or having any other records after that. Arrest reports are often requested by a defense attorney, DA’s office, or others related to the case. To see what it takes to obtain an arrest report, you can go to the arresting department’s website and see the policy/qualifications followed for their request. You can search yourself using the same background check source employers are likely to use. The state of New York lets you conduct a criminal background check through the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). You can request a "personal record review," which will show dismissed cases, violations or infractions, substance abuse convictions, youthful offender adjudications, and more. This search shows what is out there more than your average background check used by employers. You can read more about it to find out what others can view by viewing the state's website's Personal Record Review Program page. However, this is usually true using background check services; there are other ways of looking up arrests that are out there online. Some sites freely show arrests they have obtained from jail rosters from many law enforcement agencies, including local departments. As individual law enforcement agencies offer arrestees in efforts to help the public, private sites will pick up that information and republish it on their sites. This makes finding the record easier for someone not savvy with online searches or who can access the police site directly. The same can go for newspapers that list the most recent arrests, and these arrests can remain searchable for as long as the publication can be viewed.
  • How can I find a disposition and police report from an old DUI arrest in New York?
    Police reports are obtained from the department which made the arrest or filled out the report. You can pull up the case directly from the courthouse using their services. Police reports can be found in case/trial files, which are generally public records. Therefore, you may be able to get both with one record search. Depending on the court or county the case was in, services to obtain the case can be either easy with online resources or less convenient.
  • Where can I find in New York, access to divorce records?
    Divorce records can be requested through New York Department of Health's Vital Records Office. By visiting their website and navigating to "vital-records," eligible applicants will be able to request dissolution of marriage records by phone, mail, or online. Divorce records (going back as far as 1963) can also be requested in person at the Vital Records Office by individuals involved in the legal proceedings.
  • Where can I find in New York, information on the criminal record of someone else?
    Start out by looking into all addresses that appear under the individual's name, this will give you and idea if the person lived in other states/counties. Once you have a list (as complete as possible), all the counties/areas the person lived in, you're ready to look up their court records. Doing your own search is not too difficult, just time consuming. However, there are many more resources online now than before. New York state's e court services listed on the net will give you the option to search for criminal records. Once you enter this webpage, you will need to enter security characters and then you can begin to search for free by party name. You don't need to know the full first name, only the first two characters. Results will show defendant information, incident and arrest, attorney information, next/past appearances, motions and docket sentence.
  • Where can I find the outcome of someone's DWI case in New York?
    If there was a case, you could look up the court records. Depending on which county the offense occurred, you may be able to see it online. Recent arrests can be seen on the city or county's law enforcement websites when an inmate or jailed person searches. Some areas have better sources to check for this than others. Try the town and county if nothing is found on the city level. Few agencies will post their booking logs online. This is in case you are looking for someone that is in custody.
New York Free Public Records Directory

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

New York Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    69,764
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    558
  • Rape:
    6,583
  • Robbery:
    18,068
  • Aggravated Assault:
    44,555
  • Total Property Crime:
    267,155
  • Burglary:
    27,600
  • Larceny Theft:
    226,851
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    12,704
New York Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    19,378,102
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    18,976,811
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    2%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    401,645
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    18,976,457
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    1,223,080
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    4,424,083
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    23%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    13%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    2,619,755
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    12,740,974
  • State's black resident population
    3,073,800
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    106,906
  • State's Asian resident population
    1,420,244
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    8,766
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    585,849
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    3,416,922
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    11,304,247
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    66%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    16%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    7%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    18%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    58%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in New York
  • Births
    253,451
  • Deaths
    147,680
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    1,412
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    88%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of New York Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    21%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    29%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    84%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    32%
  • Total number of Veterans
    1,064,754
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in New York
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    31 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    8,017,881
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    338,578
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    4%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    56%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $300,600
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    51%
  • Total number of households
    7,137,013
  • Average size of households
    3
  • New York 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
    $30,634
  • Statewide income of median households in New York
    $54,554
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    14%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $900,819
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $46,364
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    9,699,492
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    813,386
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    8%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    11,039,874
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    584,465
  • People employed by the government
    1,510,520
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    726,998,385
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    65,852
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    518,632
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