Comprehensive Infomation About How to Find Alaska Public Records
Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. with over 570 thousand square miles with only 640 thousand residents. The state of Alaska does not have counties, the most populated areas are called boroughs. Unlike other states where the entire state is divided into counties or parishes, as in the case of Louisiana, Alaska’s boroughs do not cover all of the land area. Alaska's capital is Juneau with a population of over 30,000 residents and is the location of the governor’s office and the state legislature.
Similar to other states, Alaska has enacted laws regarding open meetings and records with statutes providing exemptions. These laws give the general public access to Alaska records and meetings in efforts to create and maintain an open transparent government. Any person without being required to give a reason can place a request from a public entity for records, information, meetings and elections. Private companies do not fall under open record laws, however, debates as to the FOIA duties of companies being contracted by the state or federal government continue and go to trial from time to time. The state of Alaska also maintains records that residents are required to produce or need for personal reasons. The open record statutes cover all agencies and their information including criminal records, birth and marriage certificates, divorce filings as well as thousands of other documents in the custody or responsibility of the state.
Government departments and their roles can vary from state to state. Knowing where to locate and request records, what is available to the public and how to proceed with instructions is an essential primary step to finding the specific information being sought. Beginning your search by accessing a directory of Alaska state and local agencies on PublicRecordCenter will show where to make your requests. By linking to official agency web sites, you can view "how to" instructions, download forms and request official copies of recorded documents online.
Criminal records are a major part of an Alaska background check. Whether you are an employer looking for new prospective employees to hire or an individual conducting a search for personal purposes, finding criminal history reports is an important step in making decisions. The Alaska Department of Public Safety provides requestors with an official detailed background check allowing anyone to obtain current offender information, criminal identification, past convictions of misdemeanors and felonies. However, a complete background check can include more than just a criminal record. The Alaska background check sources on PublicRecordCenter links you directly to sites where UCC filings can be instantly viewed. The Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics provides divorce, marriage, birth and death certificates. The district of Alaska bankruptcy courts give instant access to cases filed online showing case numbers, party to the action, disposition, type and dates of filing.
Alaskan courts are listed in an easy to view layout with direct access to the state’s judicial system. A brief description of the court structure can assist with guidance to where a specific record you are seeking is held. Alaska trial court cases can be accessed instantly using the court view search database to look up the status of the case, charge or case description, plaintiff and defendant names. See the up coming cases with an instant online calendar search.
Regardless of which public records you are seeking or just looking up to verify information, having a directory of Alaska’s divisions, departments and their services to residents will greatly improve your search success. All pages are regularly updated for the most current information found. We strive to look for and include the most valuable websites as resources. Quality sites should contain easy and clear instructions on how to obtain records, free forms, low copy fees when required, and free instant online search databases providing valuable information and contact names with telephone numbers if internet resources are limited.
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