Comprehensive Infomation About How to Find Georgia Public Records
Georgia, also known as the "Peach State", was the 4th state to enter the Union in January of 1788. The state’s agriculture leads the U.S. in peanut and pecan production. The economy also benefits by production of cotton, tobacco, soybean and corn. However, the service industry is the state’s largest sector. Georgia is the 23rd largest state with just over 59 thousand square miles and ranks 9th most populous with approximately 9.5 million residents.
Georgia consists of 159 counties, the most in the U.S. after Texas with 254. The entire state is part of one county or another including the barrier islands along the Atlantic ocean. Georgia counties function as an arm of the state government and deal with local issues. There are 535 municipalities that can be called cites, towns or villages. There are no legal differences between the various types of municipalities. The largest cities are Atlanta with over 400,000 residents followed by Augusta, Columbus and Savannah. Cities elect local officials such as the mayor, boards and commissions. Counties and cities provide local services through its various agencies and departments to serve the residents of Georgia.
The Georgia Open Records and Meetings Act ensures residents of the state a transparent government. These statutes also known as the Georgia Sunshine Laws provide that records and information held by governments are open to the public. With exceptions to confidentiality and privacy, open records and meeting laws allow Georgians access to information about their governments. Private citizens, journalists and groups often make request for information for reasons ranging from uncovering a story of overspending and corruption to personal purposes such as ordering recorded documents. All Georgia departments and divisions fall under the Freedom of Information Act.
Conducting a Georgia background check is made possible by collecting many records obtained from state and local government agencies. Recorded criminal offenses are an essential part of background searches. The Georgia Crime Information Center from the state’s bureau of investigations provides a requestor with criminal reports of felony convictions. Arrests in Georgia can be obtained with the consent of the person being checked. Individuals looking for employment that are required to present a current driving history can obtain their motor vehicle record (MVR) with online request using the State of Georgia Department of Driver Services official website. Court records can be searched by counties for history of lawsuits, criminal cases, divorce filings and trials from various jurisdictions. Locating a person’s address and obtaining a history of a subject’s previous residences may show that a search expanded to the outside of Georgia is necessary for a complete background check.
Locating Georgia assets can be challenging for anyone not familiar with the availability of information. Financial records such as bank accounts and certain investments are protected under Georgia and federal privacy laws. Asset information can be obtained such as property ownership from the Georgia Superior Court Clerks Cooperative Authority. Find business ownership with an instant free database search provided by the Georgia Secretary of State.
Using a public record directory of the best found Georgia sites online to conduct a complete background investigation or looking up a single recorded document can be made simple and easy. Find out where to order the Georgia records you are seeking from the specific department. Lookup and verify information with instant databases without browsing the web resulting in unrelated sources.
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