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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. (Staff)
  • 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 available to the public. Many put their inmate rosters online, depending on which detention facility. The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) allows online searches of their inmate population. Click on the New York Prison and Jail Inmates link below, and your landing page will be the query form. (Staff)
  • 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 health department, 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 fifty years or older, and both spouses are deceased. (Staff)
  • How do I find out in New York if I have an 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 failing to complete or prove community service, paying a fine, appearing on a case already proceeding, or beginning to serve their sentence. In civil cases, a warrant can be issued when a person fails to comply with a summons for jury duty or court order. In some instances, the warrant search can be looked up online; it will be much easier to know which county/court. Onondaga is an example of an open and online county warrant search. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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 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. (Staff)
  • 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, 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. (Staff)
  • Where can I find, in New York, access to divorce records?
    Divorce records can be requested through the 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 the dissolution of marriage records by phone, mail, or online. Divorce records (going back as far as 1963) can also be ordered at the Vital Records Office by individuals involved in the legal proceedings. (Staff)
  • Where can I find information on someone else's criminal record in New York?
    Start by looking into all addresses under the individual's name; this will give you an idea if the person lived in other states/counties. Once you have a list (as complete as possible) of all the counties/areas the person lived in, you're ready to look up their court records. Doing your 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 allow you to search for criminal records. Once you enter this webpage, you will need to enter security characters, and then you can 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • How do I find out information in New York about a year's worth of services paid in advance to a business that seems to have closed?
    Businesses don't enjoy the same privacy individuals do. There's a free secretary of state search to see if it shows them being active. They may be under a dba, so you may have to look up other names they may be operating in. You can search court records to see if anything has been filed against them. Don't forget to search under the owners' names, just in case. (Staff)
  • How do I find out in New York what percentage of arrests were for DUI?
    The data can be found at DCJS, Computerized Criminal History system (as of 1/21/2016) For example, DWI for Albany from 2006 to 2015 is 149 163 134 156 176 152 157 138 135 150; these are the felony DWI by individual year, and the misdemeanors reports are separate (2006 to 2015): 1,532, 1,365, 1,266, 1,279, 1,149, 1,003, 932, 911, 953, 1,169 (for each year). Many other statistics are broken down into different categories, generally by county and crime type. Go to the Division of Criminal Justice Services' website, and from there, you'll see a tab on top, "Statistics." You will see the different categories of recorded crimes. (Staff)
  • Where do I find a free public record of a divorce from several years ago in New York?
    Public records aren't necessarily free, just openly accessible to the public. If you want free records that the government departments usually charge for online, you will need to dig around, such as courthouse links specific to a particular county. New York courts have a .gov webpage (a government site) titled "Divorce In Your County." This webpage shows courts providing county-specific online divorce data. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in New York if record inquiries can be made for deceased persons?
    If they've been deceased for a long time, wouldn't their records be in archives? It may be even easier as the same privacy laws may not apply. (Staff)
  • Where can I find a copy of my marriage certificate in New York?
    City clerk's offices. (Staff)
  • How do I find members of an LLC in New York?
    Search corporation and business entity database on the department of state, division of corporation's website. The search is open to anyone, and there's no cost associated with its use. You will be able to see the name history of the company, officers, stock information, registered agents, and other public information about the company. (Staff)
  • I have a New York State mugshot # A8039 from the 1970s; how can I find out who this is?
    Do you have the department identification number or DIN? The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's inmate look-up instructions claim to have everyone confined to state prison since the seventies in their data. Excludes young offenders and expunged records by the court. The search is free and open to the public; you can look up anytime. (Staff)
  • Where can I find my grandfather's arrest record and trial transcripts in New York in 1932?
    The New York state archives have a page that tells you about cases from 1847 and forward. (Staff)
  • Where can I find, in New York, access to information about a collision on September 12th, 2012, at the Salt Point Turnpike?
    If you know the city or responding agency, accident reports can be ordered. (Staff)
  • Where can I find a copy of my immunization records in New York if my physician has passed away?
    The state of New York State Department of Health maintains records of immunizations required for physicians to submit for individuals under 19 y/o in the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS). The health department has a website to help the public understand the laws and how they affect parents, providers, and patients. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in New York my missing mentally ill, physically handicapped sister from Bradenton, Florida?
    You should call 911 to report this and have them transfer you to your sister's county, within NY. Dialing the NY State Police to report this may help. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in New York information regarding Tiffany's robbery on July 9th, 2015, or July 10th, 2015?
    Local periodicals carry stories similar to this incident, is it in an area where crime mapping shows incidents from one street to another. 2 people were arrested for a burglary in Manhasset on Saturday, July 11, 2015 (Staff)
  • Where can I find in New York access to the police files for my brother's murder in 1969?
    There are factors to consider before seeing how easy it will be. One issue is whether you know where the incident occurred, the police agency that took the report, whether it went to court, and in which venue. Police reports are deemed public records but still have policies attached. Police departments individually maintain sites to let the public request reports. Records divisions in many departments have a public record officer whom you can contact if the record is not found or archived. (Staff)
  • Where can I find out if James Hill SR. lives in Brooklyn, New York, or Queens, New York?
    With a common name, you will need to do some work before beginning a search. With a common name alone, you will get many others with the same name. Including Sr. in the search can help tremendously, but it will only be effective if you search manually. This means you will enter information first and view what comes up with Sr. If you begin your search with Sr., your results may omit the very person you are looking for as many times Sr. is not used. Begin the search using the name and location and see what comes up. The automatic people search results will reveal a list of results that can include keywords such as Brooklyn, NY, or Queens. Knowing relatives' names helps as people's search results list family member names also. Most of this is aimed at narrowing the search to get records of the intended person; with more identification, you have an easier time looking up information and records. (Staff)
  • Where can I find out if a police officer was asked to resign in New York?
    Local media may have covered this story. If the event was in the past, news organizations have their publications at the local library. (Staff)
  • Where can I find out how to place a trespass order on an individual in New York?
    Depending on where you live, you can look up the police department with the proper jurisdiction and access their services. There are sheriff and police department websites that offer instructions on what to do and where to start. Different areas have different procedures. If there was an incident report made, you could order a copy from the department if you don't already have one. (Staff)
  • Where can I find access to information about the New York Fire Department?
    The city of New York is located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island boroughs. The city's official fire department's website will have citywide statistics of yearly and monthly fire, and EMS reports. In addition, there are archives of press releases and media advisories for researchers looking for more information from 2003 to 2012. Located in the F.D.N.Y.'s close-up page are streaming updates of events occurring regarding the department. There are other publications, from annual reports to magazines listed that include WNYF Magazine, Health Connections, The Link for firefighter families, ViewPoint Newsletter, 9/11 Health Impact Reports, McKinsey Report, Strategic Plans, Medal Day and Administrative Awards Books, BFI Investigative Management and Reporting System, Annual Report on CDA Inspections and FDNY Counterterrorism Strategy. (Staff)
  • Where can I find access to information about past elections in New York?
    The New York Board of Elections lists results as far back as 1994 up to 2012. This list includes immediate and exceptional election results. The information can be obtained by congressional district or county. The elections primaries and calendars, along with results, are available and will be followed by election results in the same manner as it was listed in previous years. Year-to-year comparisons are made easily going back to 1994. The State Board of Elections also provides other elections, such as the supreme court justice races. However, looking at the agency's sitemap, you will see county enrollment access. These statistical data show registration status, party affiliation, and voter enrollment numbers. Like many other agencies, the Board of Elections has press releases to get specific notices out to the general public. These press releases do not include published materials from other sources such as the state assembly, individual candidates, the senate, etc. Press releases from the state senate will list publications by each particular candidate. The data herein can reveal the candidate's voting history stance on current issues and archives of previous press releases dating back as far as 2009 or earlier. The New York State Assembly has one of the most extensive press releases that incl including-minute events and live coverage of legislative proceedings. You can also see the assembly's floor vote by day or bill, which will tell you what was voted in, the results of the yes and no polls, by which member, and how. (Staff)
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