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Arizona Public Records

Public records in Arizona are documents and information maintained by state and local government agencies, accessible to the public under the Arizona Public Records Law. This law, governed by Arizona Revised Statutes §§ 39-121 through 39-161, ensures the public's right to access records held by government bodies, subject to certain exemptions for privacy and confidentiality. The complete text of the Arizona Public Records Law can be found at Arizona Public Records Law.

Are Arizona Records Public?

Yes, records in Arizona are public. According to the Arizona Public Records Law, all public records are open to inspection by any person during office hours. Exceptions are in place to protect sensitive information, as detailed in the Arizona Revised Statutes. Further information on the public records law can be found at Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records.

What do Arizona Public Records Include?

Arizona public records include various types of information and documents:

  • Vital Records: Birth and death records maintained by the Arizona Department of Health Services. More details can be found at Arizona Vital Records.
  • Property Records: This includes property ownership records and tax information managed by county assessors' offices, such as Maricopa County Assessor's Office.
  • Criminal Records: Managed by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, including background checks and criminal history. Visit the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
  • Court Records: These include records from civil and criminal cases, accessible through the Arizona Judicial Branch, like the Arizona Judicial Branch.
  • Business Records: Filings and registrations for businesses in the state, maintained by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Information can be found at the Arizona Corporation Commission.

How to Find Public Records in Arizona

To locate public records in Arizona, follow these steps:

  1. Determine the Type of Record: Identify the specific record you need, such as a birth certificate, property record, or court document.
  2. Find the Appropriate Agency: Different records are held by different departments. For example, vital records are managed by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
  3. Submit a Records Request: Most agencies have a formal process for requesting records, usually done online, in person, or by mail.
  4. Adhere to the Agency's Guidelines: Each agency may have specific forms, identification requirements, and procedures for requesting records.
  5. Pay Any Required Fees: Some records might come with a fee for processing or duplication.
  6. Wait for the Processing: After submitting your request, processing time may occur before you receive the records.

For assistance with public records requests, visit the Arizona Ombudsman.

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