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Gathering Information Via Online Public Records

Public Records; you never know when you’re going to need information about somebody. If you have a stalker, a rude neighbor, or some other person that you need to pursue action against, you may need to gather information about them before you act. In the old days, that would often require a visit to a police station, a lawyer, and a county courthouse at the very least to peruse the public record and get vehicle registration, property information and phone records.

Most people would hire a private detective to do this kind of search. But with the advent of the Internet, many places are moving into providing online public records, dynamically compiling information from a variety of agencies into one location and making them available for users. This article will tell you not only how to make the most of these services, but also how to keep your information private from them.

The online public records business is a robust one, with many competing companies offering their services to the end user. When evaluating these services, make sure to read their company information before making a financial commitment. Not all are created equal, and you need to make sure that you are getting the maximum informational benefit from your financial investment.

You will want to find a service that offers, at the very minimum, records from the Department of Motor Vehicles, the postal service, and the records for property transactions. These records can paint a pretty clear picture of an individual’s financial obligations and assets. In addition, it is useful to have access to public court records, to figure out if the person in question has had any notable run-ins with the law. These online public records are no substitute for first-hand knowledge, but they can give you some ammunition in your dealings.

The flip side of the online public records coin is protecting information that you would prefer to be private. Unfortunately, there are many things that, once released, are permanently in the public record. All court filings and documents, by law, have to be accessible unless the case is sealed by a judge. Property purchases, sales, and easements also need to be publicly accessible for title insurance agents and realtors to use. But there are many records that you can keep out of the hands of snoopers. Foremost is telephone information. For a small fee, you can have your telephone number registered as unlisted, which means that it will not only be kept out of the phone book, but also online public records. This applies for cellular phones as well, in addition to other private companies.