State of Ohio Question and Answers

  • Q:
    Why does this site advertise free public records then ask for a payment before showing you the record? I thought this was free?
    By Cindy
    Sep 23, 2015
    There are many free searches as well as some that are not, depends on the record and department. The search under Ohio and jail inmates is a free database of people that have been convicted and in custody or on APA supervision. Court records are free and can be searched anytime, scroll and look under free court records search. You can do the search based on keywords. Does not cover all cases, the coverage should be listed. Local searches offer additional free public records such as arrest logs, warrant checks, business ownership checks and others. Depends on the department, some only charge copy fees that are relatively low.
    By admn1
    Sep 24, 2015
    I just tried a search and this site took me to People Search. So much for Sunshine!
    By anonymous
    Nov 22, 2015
    The free records are under sections where it is mentioned. There are both free searches as well as services that provide them for a fee if you can't find them on your own. To view free records, scroll down to the "Ohio Free Court Records Search" or click on "Court Records" using the tab on top of the page (also on a menu to the right), if you're on mobile, it is the first part of the page. Once you click or scroll to court records, you will see a search box where you enter party names and date range if you need to narrow the search (helpful for common party names). You can view bankruptcy case information to criminal court records and others. Under "Ohio Free Public Records Directory", there is a list of free databases available from various public agencies. Some, such as prison and inmate searches, are easy to find, the link takes you directly to the search page and all you need to do is type in the name. With others, such as court records, you will need to look and find where the databases are. The same goes with local searches, you will need to choose the county or city, then from there you can access the area's law enforcement and their recent arrests, crash reports and others.
    By admn1
    Nov 23, 2015

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