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Public Records: How do they work?

The phrase “public record” is a very broad term. It can refer to any data a person might see when looking at an official reporting of information that is (or may possibly be) readily available to the general public to view. Examples of how to access these kinds of public records include looking up a phone number of an individual whose phone number is listed in phone records, or even doing your own open-records request. But, since public records are usually assembled from places like government records, not 100% of government records are made available to the public. There are many, many regulations about the sort of data the government can release to the public, as well as how the government stores and distributes government-held data. The government may even keep public records on individuals, business, and even other government entities. But in most cases in the United States, the term public record generally refers to a person’s public records. And it is the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, that oversees the release of these government agency public records. In the brief time it has existed, the FOIA has helped make many government records available to the public. Below are a just few of the public records that are most commonly viewed:

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

How to get Started -- Using Reverse Phone Lookup

Have you ever experienced when a phone number that you do not recognize keeps calling? Or are you considering dating someone new and you want to learn more about them? One way you can do these things is through a reverse phone lookup. By doing a reverse phone lookup you may even learn more about people who you interact with every day.

  • Owner Name

  • Address

  • Email

Can Anyone Do a Reverse Phone Lookup?

Although we have all seen many free phone number lookup sites online, many of these sites do not work for the majority of people’s purposes. For example, many sites only include information for landline phone numbers. The reason this happens is that cellular networks usually control all access to their own numbers, and generally choose to only provide their numbers when they are paid to do so.

That is why most of the “free” lookup websites cannot afford to purchase access to cell number records – because they give away information at no cost. These free sites typically only give you some of all the data that is available. Another thing “free” websites almost never do is perform criminal background checks. Of course, once you can locate an annoying caller’s data using Reverse Phone Lookup, you may also want to know more information about them. In that case you can often still uncover public records, or even greatly expand your search of the web with just a single click.

But will this information help someone like me?

It probably can. You can:

  • Find out who these "Mystery" Numbers are without being forced to call them
  • Avoid and even stop harassing calls by identifying the numbers’ owners
  • Avoid calls from telemarketers
  • Avoid specific people whom you want to avoid

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