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New York Public Records:
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.

New York Free Public Records Directory

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

New York Free Court Records Search

Recent court criminal actions, civil lawsuits and bankruptcy filings.

Questions, Answers and Comments About New York Public Records

  • Question: How do I find members of an llc
    By Bruce
    Feb 14, 2017

    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 associtated with its use. You will be able to see name history of the company, officers, stock information, registered agents and other public information about the company.

    By arthur
    Feb 14, 2017
  • Question: How can I find out what happened to a business? I have paid them for a years worth of services - they have not yet been at my home. When I look up the number online it says business is closed.
    By Karen
    Apr 19, 2016

    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 or not. 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 also just in case.

    By usa1
    May 12, 2016
  • Question: How can I find out information on an LLC filed in orange county ny?
    By anonymous
    Apr 04, 2016

    What is the name of the LLC? There's a free search from the NY division of corportation. Enter the company's name and indicate whether the company's status is active or not, and the database will show company information freely.

    By adm
    Apr 19, 2016
  • Question: Are marrage licence a matter of public record
    By Margaret
    Mar 25, 2016

    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.

    By ted
    Mar 31, 2016
  • Question: If I need to prove that someone is falsely saying that there was a restraining order filed against me by my former wife in 1999-2000 (there never was, and I have copy of uncontested divorce filing and agmt) - is there anywhere online that I can search for my record to show it is clean and no history of any restraining order?
    By Mike
    Feb 10, 2016

    You can try the freedom of information act to get a clearance

    By anonymous
    Mar 06, 2016
  • Question: Can record inquiries be made for a deceased persons?
    By Connie
    Dec 19, 2015

    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.

    By anonymous
    Dec 22, 2015
  • Question: Where do I find free public record /divorce-several years ago???
    By s.l.
    Jan 19, 2016

    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 certain county. New York courts have a .gov webpage (which means a government site) titled "Divorce In Your County". This webpage shows courts providing county specific online divorce data.

    By al
    Jan 20, 2016

New York Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Jasmine Wallace
    Jasmine Wallace, Age Now: 15, Missing: 02/05/2019. Missing From Fresh Meadows, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: New York Police Department (new York) 1-212-694-7781.
    March 22, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Zakara Jackson
    Zakara Jackson, Age Now: 15, Missing: 03/13/2019. Missing From Albany, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Albany Police Department (new York) 1-518-438-4000.
    March 19, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Tyniesha Henderson
    Tyniesha Henderson, Age Now: 15, Missing: 03/06/2019. Missing From Rochester, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Town Of Greece Police Department (new York) 1-585-528-2220.
    March 12, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Alina Washington
    Alina Washington, Age Now: 17, Missing: 02/03/2019. Missing From Bronx, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: New York Police Department (new York) 1-212-694-7781.
    March 11, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Divine Senior
    Divine Senior, Age Now: 17, Missing: 02/19/2019. Missing From New York, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: New York Police Department (new York) 1-212-694-7781.
    March 11, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com
  • Missing: Destiny Kelone
    Destiny Kelone, Age Now: 16, Missing: 02/10/2019. Missing From Albany, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Albany City Police Department (new York) 1-518-438-4000.
    March 11, 2019
    Source: missingkids.com

New York Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • David Michael Maenza • Ogden, New York • 52 Years Old
    October 29, 2017
    Source: missing.report
  • Missing Person • Nicholas Gervasi • Brooklyn, New York • 91 Years Old
    September 20, 2017
    Source: missing.report
  • Missing Person • Kenny Mccall • Diana, New York • 24 Years Old
    August 28, 2017
    Source: missing.report
  • Missing Person • Mary Helms • Cortland, New York • 25 Years Old
    August 27, 2017
    Source: missing.report
  • Missing Person • Terrance Lyles Jr • Manhattan, New York • 25 Years Old
    August 24, 2017
    Source: missing.report
  • Missing Person • Jerry Furnia • Schuyler Falls, New York • 50 Years Old
    August 22, 2017
    Source: missing.report

New York American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 03/26/2019)

  • New York's demographic and housing ACS survey of 19,594,330 being 6.24 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.5% males and 51.5% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The New York social characteristics data of 7,255,528 households, which make up 6.24 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 4,636,017 families with and without children. There are 4,997,148 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The New York American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 15,832,743 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 6.36 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 10,030,632 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • New York housing characteristics are collected from 8,153,309 dwellings making up 6.14 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 7,255,528 or uninhabited 897,781 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 7,255,528 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

New York Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
  • Net change of residents' total population
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
  • State's white resident population
  • State's black resident population
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
  • State's Asian resident population
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in New York
  • Births
  • Deaths
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of New York Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
  • Total number of Veterans
  • 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
  • Net change of housing units estimates
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
  • Total number of households
  • Average size of households
  • 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
  • Statewide income of median households in New York
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
  • The personal income of persons employed
  • Per capita income of persons employed
  • Labor force of civilian workers
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
  • Net change of employment in all industries
  • People employed by the government
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
  • Number of private non farm establishments
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
  • People and Businesses

    Firms and companies of New York
  • Total number of firms located in the state
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
  • Land Valuation

    Property value and New York territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
  • Size in square miles of land
  • Population per square mile