Nevada gained statehood in 1864 becoming the nation’s 36th state. The name 'Nevada' is derived from the Spanish language meaning snow covered. The state’s early economy was based on copper, silver and gold mining. In recent years, tourism and gaming has been the leading source of revenue for the state. Ranked 35th in population in the U.S. with over 2.7 million residents, Nevada is the 7th largest state with over 110,000 square miles. Nearly 70% of the state’s residents live in the Las Vegas area.
Similar to the federal government, the state of Nevada is comprised of 3 branches. The governor heading the executive branch of Nevada along with lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, controller and other elected or appointed officials. The Nevada legislature contains 21 senators and 42 assembly members that write, review and pass the state’s bills and laws. The judicial branch is Nevada’s court system which includes a supreme court, district, justice and municipal courts.
There are 16 counties in Nevada with one independent city, Carson City, which serves as the capital of the state. Counties provide residents of the state with services that include law enforcement, such as the sheriff, election, property assessment, courts and regulatory departments. Nevada localities such as cities and towns elect a mayor, city manager and council members to oversee local departments including police and fire, the city clerk and municipal courts.
Nevada’s first open record laws were passed in 1906, however this law in its early stages required the records requestor to prove or show a specific interest. The legislature expanded the law to open records in 1911 with greater access without having to provide a reason to the agency. Transparency laws in Nevada gives its citizens access to government meetings and records alike. Reporters and concerned citizens strive to ensure there are no discrepancies in operations, budgets, planning, government employee salaries, elections and appointments by state and local departments.
Anyone can access public records from Nevada’s agencies. Many individuals, reporters and oversight groups request information from their agencies, some requests are made for personal purposes. There are exceptions to open record laws in cases involving such matter as confidential or personal information of data that would be detrimental to an investigation. Agencies such as the Nevada Department of Public Safety are custodians of criminal records where a background check can be conducted with a simple form and request. County recorders issue certificates of marriage and divorces, while birth and death certificates can be obtained from the state’s vital records office. Property assessors and recorders files open to the public can reveal information you can view online, and see details of real estate assets.
Search for felony or misdemeanor criminal charges by requesting records from the Nevada state repository.
- Nevada Criminal Records
Request criminal history information from the department of public safety.
- Nevada Criminal Court Records
Search court filings for criminal records.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Las Vegas Office
Criminal background checks, bureau records for Nevada.
- Nevada Inmates and Offender Search
Find the location and release information of individuals incarcerated with the Nevada Dept. of Corrections.
- Nevada Most Wanted
Current posting of fugitives and absconders in the state of Nevada.
- Nevada Sex Offenders
Search the NV Dept. of Public Safety Sex Offender Registry of registered offenders by name or location.
- Nevada Public Record Expungements
Information and resources to assist in expunging criminal records state and nationwide.
Access arrest records directly from Nevada law enforcement agencies individually. Request information of incidents, charges and details from state and local police departments. Records division contact information and requirements to order official reports.
- Nevada Department of Public Safety
Law enforcement, traffic, criminal investigations and more
- Nevada Department of Wildlife
Licenses, permits, information and more
- Nevada Attorney General
Civil, criminal and appellate courts
- University of Nevada Police Services
Law enforcement, investigations, reports and more
- Nevada County Sheriff Criminal Reports
Directory to county Sheriff offices and reports in Nevada.
Nevada's state Supreme court hears appeals from lower district courts without intermediary hearing venues, commonly known as appellate courts in other states. The highest court also hears actions and governs over issues involving court procedures, the ethical and professional conduct of judges and attorneys.