Utah was the 45th territory in the U.S. to gain statehood on January 4th 1896. There are 29 counties and 243 incorporated municipalities carrying out Utah's local government duties. County and city governments elect officials, create department and divisions making up their agencies servicing citizens. Essential county duties include law enforcement, record keeping, tax collections, justice courts, economic development and elections.
Open record laws in Utah give its residents better access to information held by government agencies, departments and divisions. All local and statewide agencies fall under the Open Record Act and do not give individual departments and division the discretion to deny anyone records that are considered public. Any member of the public can make a record request in Utah without having to show a reason. Despite these laws being enacted to promote a transparent government, many request are simply made for personal needs and are not related to oversight of state and local department affairs.
Criminal records background check are available from the Utah Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Identification. Find out how to obtain a copy of another person's criminal history. See instructions to retain an official B.C.I. report of your own adult and previous juvenile record. The UT D.P.S. lists tips regarding expungement of your criminal history.
Locating official records for personal purposes such as birth or marriage certificates can be directly requested from the Utah Office of Vital Records. The state's health department shows visitors to their site how to order official divorces and death records in addition to births and marriages that have occurred within Utah. Online databases from the state's various department can offer valuable information to uncover previous U.C.C. filings, verify professional licensure, offenders registered in a particular area, most wanted lists and other public safety precautionary data.
The state's judicial system's x-change case look up can supplement your investigation with electronic access to court records. General jurisdiction courts also known as district courts have jurisdiction over misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, civil trials of divorces and other proceedings. Justice courts with jurisdiction of traffic cases, smaller B and C misdemeanors filings and small claims are available using the Courts Information System (CORIS). Other case details that you can obtain include judgments, verdicts, transcripts, jury awards and more online.
The Utah justice courts preside over cases involving torts, contracts up to $5,000, small claims of up to $5,000, misdemeanors, traffic and hold venue to preliminary hearings. Jury trials are available in some case types. Juvenile courts have exclusive jurisdiction to hear cases involving minors.
District courts are the state's trial courts with jurisdiction to hear torts, contracts, real property rights, small claims up to $5,000, has exclusive estate, mental health, miscellaneous civil, and civil appeals jurisdiction, domestic relations, and criminal appeals jurisdiction. Criminal cases in district courts hear felony, and misdemeanors and traffic violations.
Courts of appeal have mandatory jurisdiction in civil, criminal, administrative agency, juvenile, original proceeding cases and jurisdiction in interlocutory decision cases. Utah's highest court is the supreme court, which have mandatory jurisdiction in civil, capital criminal, criminal, administrative agency, juvenile, disciplinary, original proceeding cases and have discretionary jurisdiction in interlocutory decision cases.
Search for felony or misdemeanor criminal charges by requesting records from the Utah state repository.
- Utah Department of Public Safety Criminal Record Search
Request criminal records from the Utah department of safety, Bureau of Criminal Identification division.
- Research Utah Past Criminal Records
Utah State Archives police, court and prison records.
- Utah Criminal Records Requests and Forms
Application for criminal history, third party release and requests from another state.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Salt Lake City Office
Obtain Utah criminal background checks, criminal records.
- Utah Inmates and Offenders Search
Find the location and release information of individuals incarcerated with the Utah Sheriff's Department.
- Utah Sex Offenders
Search the UT Dept. of Corrections database of registered offenders by name or location.
- Utah Most Wanted
Current posting of fugitives and absconders from the UT Dept. of Corrections.
Utah Police and Law Enforcement Agency Directory.
- Utah Highway Patrol
Law enforcement, traffic, criminal investigations and more
- Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Licenses, permits, information and more
- Utah Attorney General
Civil, criminal and appellate courts
- Utah State University Police Department
Law enforcement, investigations, reports and more
- Utah County Sheriff Criminal Reports
- Utah Asset Search
Search government agencies open to the public to find assets of companies, corporations, or individuals.
- Utah Courts Records Searches
Direct access to Utah courts online; from county to Supreme courts.
- Utah Federal Cases
Search the US District Court for the District of Utah to find information and public records on federal case filings.
- Utah Bankruptcy Records Search
Conduct a bankruptcy search through public records to find individual or corporate bankruptcy filings.
- Utah Birth Certificates
Request birth and death certificates from the UT Dept. of Health.
- Utah Business & Corporation Search
Find active and inactive corporations by name from the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code.
- Utah Public Record Expungements
Information and resources to assist in expunging criminal records state and nationwide.
- Utah Death Records
Online resource for finding free death records from the Utah Dept. of Health.
- Utah Genealogy Records
Browse state archives, historical records, and online databases, search Utah census records to find info about ancestors, family tree and more.
- Utah Judgments and Liens
Find judgments, liens and UCC filings of any individual in Utah.
- Utah Lawyer Search
Verify an attorney's licensing status with the State Bar.
- Utah Licenses
Look up business license information in addition to applications for obtaining business licenses in UT.
- Utah Marriage Search
Request a copy of a marriage certificates from the UT Department of Public Health.
- Utah Missing Children
Search Utah missing and exploited kids.
- Utah Property and Tax Records
Obtain property tax info by contacting the State of Utah.
- Utah Unclaimed Property
Search property and claim status by individual name or business thru the state treasurer.
- Utah Vital Records
Request birth and death certificates, marriage records and divorce filings in Utah.