New York Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)

New York Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)
  • How do I find out information in New York, about a years 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 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.
  • 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, 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). There are many other statistics broken down into different categories, generally by county and crime type. Go to the Division of Criminal Justice Services' website, from there you'll see a tab on top "Statistics". from there, you will see the different categories of recorded crimes.
  • 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 (which means a government site) titled "Divorce In Your County." This webpage shows courts providing county-specific online divorce data.
  • 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.
  • Where can I find a copy of my marriage certificate in New York?
    City clerks offices
  • 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 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.
  • I have a New York State mugshot # A8039 from the 1970's, 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.
  • Where can I find in New York, my grandfather's arrest record and trial transcripts in 1932?
    The New York state archives has a page which tells you about cases from 1847 and forward.
  • 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.
  • Where can I find in New York, a copy of my immunization records, if my physician has passed away?
    The state of New York State Department of Health maintains records of immunizations that are required for physicians to submit for individuals under 19 y/o in the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS). The department of health has a website to help the public understand the laws and how it affects parents, providers and patients.
  • 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 the county in which your sister is in,within NY. Dialing the NY State Police to report this may help.
  • Where can I find in New York, information regarding Tiffany's robbery on July 9th, 2015 or July, 10th 2015?
    Local periodical carry stories similar to this incident, is it in an area where crime mapping shows incident from one street to another. There were 2 people that were arrested with for a burglary in Manhasset on Saturday, July 11, 2015
  • Where can I find in New York, access to the police files for my brothers murder in 1969?
    There are factors to consider before being able to see how easy it will be. One issue is whether you know where the incident occurred, the police agency which took the report, did it go to court and in which venue. Police reports are deemed public record, but still have policies attached. Police departments, individually, maintain sites to let the public request reports. Records' divisions in many departments have their own public record officer which you can contact if the record is not found or archived.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.