How to Locate Public Records

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    • 1). Contact your county or state clerk's office. Minor court citations, voting records and other local documents will be on record at the county clerk's office, while state records will be held in state offices. For example, if you're looking for refrigeration certification documents for vendors within your state, visit your state's environmental protection agency, which is the organization responsible for such documentation.

    • 2). Provide the clerk with your name and any identifying information to locate the public records you're searching for. Case numbers are particularly helpful, and many counties offer online databases that allow you to search by name, keyword or case number.

    • 3). If the document you are looking for is a federal document, you can try filing a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Communications Commission. You should only file a FOIA request if the information is unattainable by request.

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