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Meta Sites for Public Records

What constitutes a “Public record” may differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in the sense that each jurisdiction may have varying degrees of easy access to such records, especially online. Some free sites are free up until a certain point, which means that to get the meaty information, you will have to register and/or pay for such access in order to get certain information. (Note: this list is not exhaustive, nor does this guide claim that these resources will provide comprehensive information.)

  • Free Public Records Directory
    Good for identifying county-level public records sources.
  • BRB Search
    A free database for locating public records resources on the Web. Search options include Federal, County, State, City and Zip Code.
  • DataUniverse
    From the Asbury Park Press
  • Search Public Records via Search Systems
    This site links to over 55,000 databases by type and location to help you find property, criminal, court, birth, death, marriage, divorce records, licenses, deeds, mortgages, corporate records, business registration, and many other public record resources quickly, easily, and for free.
  • BRBpub
    Free Records Search and Public Records Directory
  • Property Records
    Real estate online assessors by state and by county.
  • KnowX  Icon
    KnowX is the place to start for finding information about businesses, people and assets, and can help you discover any critical relationships between them. Run a background check on a business, locate assets, investigate property value and more using public records from across the nation compiled from official data sources.
  • Public Records via  Icon
    Powered by Been Verified. Please note that this is a subscription-based service.
  • TLOxp for Legal  Icon
    TLOxp® for Legal Professionals is the most comprehensive, cost-effective online database of public and proprietary records available to research and locate people, businesses and assets. The cost to search is $2 to retrieve basic contact information, $10 to retrieve a comprehensive report, and $25 for a Vehicle Sighting Report. Free trial period for 30 days.
  • truthfinder  Icon
    "Freemium" site. TruthFinder pores over hundreds of millions of available public records, social network data, and more to provide you with a complete picture of who you’re looking for. You may uncover arrest records, contact information, address history, social media data, and more.

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