New York Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)

New York Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)
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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 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. (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, 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. (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 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. (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, 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (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 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. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in New York, a copy of my records?
    You can try the freedom of information act to get a clearance (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 do I find in New York, a free public record of a divorce from several years ago?
    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. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in New York, a copy of a bankruptcy, if I have the docket number and the discharge court date?
    The search above has bankruptcies is free and open to the visitors. It is limited to cases since 2014, and does not provide the entire case, but may still have the basic information you're looking into. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in New York, a copy of my marriage certificate?
    City clerks offices (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in New York, if I am having difficulty finding work, 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 thereafter. 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 simply go to the arresting department’s website and see the policy/qualifications followed for their request. You can conduct a search of 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 their 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 show arrestees in efforts to help the public, private sites will pick up that information and republish it on their own sites. This makes finding the record easier for someone not as savvy with online searches or one that will access the police site directly. The same can go for newspapers which list the most recent arrests. These arrests can remain searchable for as long as the publication can be viewed. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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 (Staff)
  • 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. (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 the county in which your sister is in,within NY. Dialing the NY State Police to report this may help. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • 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. (Staff)
  • Where can I find if James Hill SR. is living in Brooklyn, New York or in Queens, New York?
    With a name that common, you will need to do a bit of work even 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 will only be effective if you do the 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're 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 search results list family member names also. Most of this is aimed to narrow the search in order to get records of the intended person, from there, with more identification you have an easier time looking up information and records. (Staff)
  • Where can I find the outcome of someone's DWI case, in New York?
    If there was a case you can look up the court records. Depending in 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 there's an inmate or jailed persons search. Some areas have better sources to check for this than others. If there's nothing found on the city level, try the city the county. Few agencies will post their booking logs online. This is in case you are looking for someone that is in custody. (Staff)
  • Where can I find if a police officer was asked to resign in New York?
    This story may have been covered by local media. If the event was in the past, news organizations have their publications at the local library. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in New York, how to place a trespass order on an individual?
    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 which offer instruction on what to do and where to start. Different areas have different procedures. If there was an incident report made, you can order a copy from the department if you don't already have one. (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 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, for researchers looking for more information, there are archives of press releases and media advisories from the year 2003 to 2012. Located in the F.D.N.Y.'s close up page are streaming updates of events occurring in regard to 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 in New York, access to information about past elections?
    The New York Board of Elections list results as far back as 1994 up to 2012. This list includes primary and special 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 previous years. Year to year comparisons are made easy going back to 1994. Other elections such as the supreme court justice races are also provided by the State Board of Elections. However, looking at the agencies sitemap you will see access to enrollment by county. These statistical data shows numbers regarding status of registration, party affiliation and voter enrollment. As with many other agencies, the Board of Elections has press releases to get certain notices out to the general public. These press releases do not include published materials from other sources such as the state assembly, individual candidates, senate and so forth. Press releases from the state senate will list publications by each individual candidate. The data held herein can reveals to the public the candidate's voting history, stance on current issues as well as archives of other 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 includes up to the 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, results of the yes and no votes, by which member and how. (Staff)