Ohio Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)

Ohio Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)
  • Where can I find in Ohio access to an offender's arrest record and charges from August 9th, 2015, through August 10th, 2015?
    Most arrests are made locally unless it's by a state agency, troopers, or federal agencies. The arrest record can be requested or looked up with a jail search.
  • Where can I find in Ohio which prison an offender is located?
    Ohio offender search if you know the person's name and county the crime was committed.
  • Where can I find in Ohio who owns a property with a house?
    Property records are found at the county level. Choose the county at the top of the page; once you're there, you will find a link to the county's official website. You can find the assessors' official website and property record searches. Some counties offer open public searches, others don't, but only have a small free. The free searches don't show all the data but will give you names.
  • Where can I find, in Ohio, a copy of a divorce record?
    A document for passports (or other official documentation) may require a certificate or records of a divorce filing, which would be a county court search.
  • 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 the inmate locator or their jail section.
  • Where can I find in Ohio how to see domestic violence records?
    You can narrow crime maps only to show certain offenses. All areas are not covered, so depending on where you can look up records of individual crimes street by street.
  • 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.
  • 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 https://www.ohnb.uscourts.gov/will take you to a keyword search window that you can narrow by date. You can enter the party/filer's name or attorney's name. Search using as many keywords as possible; there's no limit to how many times you can search.
  • 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, building permits, or any agency that can guide you there. For Toledo, it's the "Division of Building Inspection"; you'll need to look up yours.
  • 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 it be reliable to provide information. Public records uncover information from sources you wouldn't expect when you look around. In this instance, an unorthodox way of looking up spouses is with property/real estate records that are readily available online. Indeed, 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 is an important matter, it may be worth paying a 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.
  • 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 primarily available depends on what the county or city puts online; some areas can have better online searches than others. There is a 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 briefly describe what happened at that particular location.