Ohio Public Records

About Ohio Open Public Record

Public access to the records and information of the Ohio state government is regulated by the Ohio Open Records Law, or as it is sometimes referred to, the Sunshine Law. This law mandates that all government records be made available for public inspection upon request. Included in the legislation are details of exemptions contained within the law and appeals procedures. The entire text of the law is available for download on the Ohio Attorney General's website. Ohio achieved statehood on March 1, 1803, and now has a population of almost 11.5 million residents, making it the seventh most populous state in the union, and entitling Ohio to 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ohio is nicknamed the 'Buckeye State'. Ohio State University is located in Columbus, which also serves as the state capital. The trade, transportation, and utilities sectors combine to be the largest employers in the state . Ohio is home to several nationally recognized corporations, including Proctor and Gamble, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Wendy's. Locate Ohio property records from individual county recorder's offices. Find all public records from Ohio state, city and counties in one easy place. Solicit criminal, court and vital records within the state of Ohio. See crime stats, census data, resident background information and Ohio employment data like income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the state. See current news and crime reports as well as links to law enforcement for criminal records. Explore real estate data, property and land values. Explore business statistics for the state and find information on firms and companies in Ohio. This site is updated regularly to bring you the most up to date information.
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Ask Questions, About Ohio

  • Where can I find an upcoming court date in Ohio?
    You can select the county where the filing is, thereafter look up that court's calendar online. Without knowing which county, it's hard to say specifically. Using Huron county as an example, select the county on this page, then go to the court link and the landing page will have an option to search their calendars. (Staff)
  • How do I know if someone was charged and found guilty of rape in Ohio?
    You can either request the police report directly from the department (which made the report) or look up cases filed in the criminal court of jurisdiction. Court calendars also show appearances online that are easy and open to public access. The public services available mostly depends on what the county or city puts online, some areas can have better online searches than others. There are list of recent arrests that are published online through local news organizations which show charges. Crime maps (if you know the location) can give you an incident number and will briefly describe what happened at that particular location. (Staff)
  • Is there a way of finding info about someone convicted in Ohio without them finding out about me?
    If you begin to search, within many of the records out there can be accessed online, you will notice that public records are accessible by anyone without notice to the person in the record. Criminal records which can be found with an online search in many cases, are routinely conducted by the public. Private companies (which have the same public records access as the average person) that conduct background checks, will specify that the person searched is not contacted or notified. Someone can check your records also and you would never know unless it's an employer or other exceptions. But, by general rule, anyone can request your court records and you wouldn't know it and court records are public. Note that public does not necessarily mean they're open and free to everyone. You may have to pay some fees for convenience, or a courthouse visit and copy fees. (Staff)
  • How can I find what is being built in Ohio, next to my bait store?
    The plans may have been submitted to the city for building permits/approval. You can check with the city/county government site, or just search for the city/county name and building permits or any agency which can guide you there. For Toledo it's the "Division of Building Inspection", you'll need to look up yours. (Staff)
  • How do I find free and online in Ohio, if a bankruptcy was filed in 2008 or 2009 in the Northern District Circuit Court?
    This link take you to a keyword search window which you can narrow down by date. You can enter the party/filer's name or attorney name. Do the search using as many keywords as possible, there's no limit to how many times you can do the search. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Ohio, how to find domestic violence records?
    You can narrow crime maps to only show certain offenses. All areas are not covered, so depending on where, you can look up records of individual crimes street by street. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in Ohio, the value of my home?
    You can try to narrow down the value as much as possible with the information online's of recent real estate closed sales, including the price per square feet for that area with other comparable sales. (Staff)
  • Where do I go in Ohio, to find a death certificate?
    The Ohio Department of Health's vital records webpage shows a few ways you can get the death certificate, certified or not. If you're not looking for the entire certificate, just some information, you can do it without costing anything, other than the time it takes to look it up. The Ohio libraries archives has information only, not the certificate, which you can view freely for deaths between 1913-1944 1954-1963 and more. Here's a look at the open data: Last name, fist name, date of death, County, Vol. number Cert. number (State Death Certificate) (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Ohio, a copy of a divorce record?
    As in a document for passports, (or for other official documentation) which may require a certificate or records of a divorce filing which would be a county court search. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Ohio, if someone is married?
    The first inclination is to look for publications or other ways to look up marriages. However, the standard approach doesn't always work nor can be reliable to provide information. Public records uncover information from sources you wouldn't expect when you look around. In this instance, an un-orthodox way of looking up spouses is with property/real estate records that are readily available online. It is true that spouses don't always show on recorded real estate documents, but, in many instances they do, and they can also be free to look up. If it an important matter, it may be worth paying the small fee to the county recorder in Ohio. If the property is in Ashtabula, Summit, Franklin and others, the records are free to the public with a query online. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Ohio, a copy of a marriage record?
    Marriage records are provided probate courts where the marriage occurred. Unlike many other states, the Ohio's department of health does not provide marriage or divorce records. Their vital records office provides birth and death certificates. You can find the county's services list on this site's county pages, and thereafter click on the court records link. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Ohio, who owns a property with a house?
    Property records are found at the county level. Chose the county to the top of the page, once you're there, you will find a link to the county's official website. From there you can find the assessors' official website and property record searches. Some counties offer open public searches and others don't, but only have a small free. The free searches don't show all the data, but will give you names. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Ohio, information on arrest records from June 25th, 2015 and June 26th, 2015?
    Arrests are usually at the local police department level. If the arrest is by the state patrol, then, that's where to look, in this case at state level. Also, a person that is not related to the arrest will not be able to obtain due to restrictions which exempts the person that was arrested or attorneys that are representing either side. To look up arrests, local jails provide inmate lists. For Ohio, there is a site by Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction which has an inmate search page. It's a free search, you can choose the facility/county or all of them at once. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Ohio, access to an offender's arrest record and charges on August 9th, 2015 through August 10th, 2015?
    Most arrests are made at the local level, unless it's by a state agency, troopers, or federal agencies. The arrest record can be requested or looked up with a jail search. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Ohio, which prison an offender is located?
    Ohio offender search if you know the persons name and county the crime was committed in (Staff)
  • Is there a way to obtain a listing of all arrests in Ohio, within a given year?
    Arrests can be viewed from individual departments under inmate locator or their jail section. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Ohio, if someone has filed for divorce?
    If you know where the divorce would have been filed, it would be a big help since the county probate court holds the records. Family, county or local courts maintain records which are available for request either online or in person (or both in some cases) in most states. Unlike many other states, the Ohio department of health does not provide marriage or death records, these records are kept and maintained by the the probate courts and their clerks. The Franklin county probate court lists county courts across Ohio in alphabetical order. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Ohio, access to and a copy of my arrest records?
    Getting your own arrest records can be done by requesting it directly from the police department. If you had an attorney or a public defender, they may be able to give you a copy as it is often if not always requested by them. These request procedures can be different from one agency to another. Majority of departments have websites with their individual procedures on how to get arrest records. These are complete arrest reports such as the ones the officer fills out, you will not get a list of all the arrests. (Staff)
  • Where can I obtain someone's employment history in Ohio?
    Background check is a loose term that generally consists of a person's criminal history, maybe even some DUI's and arrests which ended up in a conviction. Services which check for past places of work are pre-employment screening services and firms. Employment screening is different from the typical background check, although they tend to get mixed up in confusion. Background screeners are found in various fields, expertise or specialty, some are for tenants, nannies while others can check past employment or even education. Some of the companies offering employment screening offer many other services, so the search you are looking for may not be featured or immediately found. Look through the entire site as some of the best services do not advertise the specific verification, check or type of search you need. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Ohio, access to a record of an arrest for a family member?
    If you already know which police or sheriffs department made the arrest, an arrest report can be requested directly from them. The department's website will most likely have information and in some cases even the forms online to requesting them. If the arrest is recent, the department may have a custody or booking list, that depends on the agency and the services offered to the public. Larger entities are more likely to offer public searches online. Another place to check that only requires time is by looking up local newswires to see if there's a page of recent arrests. If the arrest resulted in a conviction and time being served, the department of corrections for that particular state will have an inmate databank open to the public. The information that can be viewed online relies on various factors such as the entities budget, how often they have to provide the services and so forth. Criminal court records can also be checked, including upcoming cases on calendar. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Ohio, access to criminal records?
    The Ohio Department of Public safety explains the parameters of the state's background checks policy. There are several definitions of the word background check, some include certain records where other services/checks do not. (Staff)

Ohio Latest Crime Records (Updated 01/21/2021)

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Ohio American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 01/21/2021)

  • About Ohio ACS Demographic and Housing Estimates
    Ohio's demographic and housing ACS survey of 11,560,380 being 3.68 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.9% males and 51.1% 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.
  • About Ohio Selected Social Characteristics
    The Ohio social characteristics data of 4,570,015 households, which make up 3.93 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 2,944,097 families with and without children. There are 3,007,872 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.
  • About Ohio Selected Economic Characteristics
    The Ohio American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 9,197,668 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 3.7 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 5,839,586 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.
  • About Ohio Selected Housing Characteristics
    Ohio housing characteristics are collected from 5,135,173 dwellings making up 3.87 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 4,570,015 or uninhabited 565,158 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 4,570,015 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.