What are public records?
Public records are documents created by or about a government body that can be viewed by the general public.
- Not all government records are required to be public by law.
- Transparency laws vary from state to state.
- Not all records have been digitized. Business, court, tax, and property records or contemporary records are more likely to have been digitized.
- You may need to access records at a physical office (typical for historical materials) or by making a FOIA or FOIL request.