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Public Records and why they are so important

Public Records: Can anyone use them?

People talk about public records all the time. But more often than not, they are not aware of what the term “public record” actually means. This is a very broad term, so it’s not always easy to define. For the most part, public records refer to any data you might come across while reviewing official reports that are available to the public. One example of someone accessing a public record would be when that person looks up a phone number that is listed in a phone directory. Conducting a general open-records request is another example of someone gaining access to public records.

Public records are most often put together from various sources, such as government records. Not all government records are made available to the general public, however. The government may have regulations about the kinds of data they can release and how they can store and distribute this data. The government may even keep public records about individuals, business, and in some instances, other parts of the government. But in most cases in the United States, the term “public record” refers to the public records of an individual person. The United States Freedom of Information Act generally governs the release of all government public records. In its brief existence, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has made many government records available to the public. Below is a short list of the kinds of public records that are most often viewed:

  • Criminal Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Birth Records
  • Death Records
  • Divorce Records

Get Started Using the Reverse Phone Lookup

Ever gotten a call from a phone number that you don’t recognize? Or have you ever considered going on a date with someone you don’t know much about? One way to solve these issues is by doing a reverse phone lookup. Reverse phone lookups make it easy to learn more about the people you interact with every day.

  • Owner Name

  • Address

  • Email

Can Anyone do a Reverse Phone Lookup?

Yes, but not every website you come across will be equally helpful. We’ve all stumbled across free phone number lookup sites. But the problem remains that many of them just don’t work for everyone. For example, many sites only include information concerning landline phones. This is because cellular networks control access to the phone numbers in their system, and they usually will not allow access to their numbers for free.

Because of this, most free phone number sites can’t provide access to cell phone numbers – they can’t afford them. That’s also why free sites usually don’t include even half the data that is actually available.

Another thing to keep in mind is that free sites almost never allow you to do criminal background checks. When you locate a caller’s information using a reverse phone lookup, you might want to learn some more about that person. You may still be able to uncover public records and even expand your search with a single click.

Can this kind of information help someone like me?

It most likely can! You’ll be able to:

  • Avoid calls from telemarketer
  • Avoid harassing phone calls
  • Find the owners of anonymous numbers without being forced to call those numbers yourself
  • Ward off people you want to avoid

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