Motor vehicle licenses are issued by each state, and each state maintains its own database of driving records. A driving record contains a history of violations, convictions, collisions, suspensions, and revocations. Each state has its own rules and regulations for requesting driving records, and many provide online access to your own driving records. Driving records are a public record; however, personal information is not available to the general public. The Federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act restricts access to driver records that contain personal information such as name, address, social security number, and medical information. You must have written consent from … Read More
Access to recorded documents such as deeds, mortgages, liens, and other records related to ownership of property can usually found at your county recorder’s or clerk’s office. Some recorders’ offices allow online access to their records where searches can be made by name, date, document number or document type. Some provide this service free of charge, while others may charge fees. In addition to land ownership records, some recorder’s offices also allow online access to other records, such as UCC financing statements, powers of attorney filings, and business names. Additionally, some also provide online access to military discharges, wills, and … Read More
Are you looking for information about a particular piece of property? In the past, the only way to access property records was by making a trip down to the county courthouse and manually searching through their paper files. But now, thanks to the advancements of internet technology, it is easier than ever to access property information from the comfort of your own home or office. Researching property records can uncover a wealth of valuable information, such as property details, sales history, current value, property taxes, ownership history, mortgage records, parcel maps, and more. Knowing this information can be very helpful … Read More
Searching online for outstanding arrest warrants is becoming much easier. Many state and county law enforcement authorities are now publishing their warrant records online since it makes it easier to track down wanted fugitives and bring them to justice. You may want check for arrest warrants for a prospective employee, a tenant, a neighbor, or even a new boyfriend or girlfriend to make sure you are safe. Maybe you want to see if there are people with arrest warrants in your neighborhood or city. Browsing most wanted lists may aid in the apprehension of dangerous criminals. You may even be … Read More
Many people aren’t aware that by state law, companies must turn over to the State any funds that have not been claimed by the rightful owners within a certain time frame, usually three years or more. The funds include bank accounts, uncashed payroll checks, traveler’s checks, utility deposits, insurance policy proceeds and other types of funds that are deemed unclaimed. In some states, the unclaimed property totals millions of dollars every year. In fact, over 1 billion dollars in unclaimed funds have been turned over to the State of Washington since 1955. If you believe that you may have unclaimed … Read More
Recently, I returned to my car after running an errand and discovered one of those dreaded parking ticket envelopes under my windshield wiper. Yes, the meter had expired, but when I opened the envelope, it was empty. Elation mixed with confusion – had I received a parking ticket or not? Was the empty envelope some sort of parking ticket “warning?” Unsure of whether and how to submit payment without a citation number, I forgot about the incident, and two weeks later a Second Notice of Parking Ticket came in the mail with a $25.00 late charge on top of the … Read More
This past week, there was a very sad story in the news about a deadly school shooting in Germany where over one dozen people were killed. Over the past few decades, America has had it’s own share of grief over fatal school shootings such as Columbine, Northern Illinois University, Virginia Tech, and many more. While many countries have used gun violence as a rational for tightening gun laws, for the most part, the debate in America continues. While many can hardly deny the validity of the rights given from the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution (the right to … Read More
Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure! It seems that no matter who you are or where you live, foreclosures have become a part of our everyday landscape. In the fallout of bad loans and a deepening economic crisis, an unprecedented amount of Americans now face losing their homes to foreclosure. We see it in newspapers, hear it on the news, and see signs in our neighborhoods. Despite the election of a new President and the intiation of new plans to save homes, foreclosures are still on the rise.
In the market for a used car? In addition to checking out all those little mechanical issues like brakes, the engine, etc., you may also consider checking on the history of the car. A history check can include not only prior owners, but whether or not you are about to purchase a stolen vehicle. As a result of a recently concluded lawsuit, it is now easier for everyday people to check the fraud status of a vehicle.
A database called the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) finally became available for public access on January 30, 2009. Apparently Congress … Read More
Dealing with difficult and/or messy neighbors can really put a hamper on your home enjoyment experience. Also, in this unstable economy, if you are trying to sell property, you don’t necessarily want to be affected by any factors that could detract from the value of a home. Homebuyers and renters often look at an entire neighborhood to establish whether it is a location they want to call home. Government agencies and county officials often work hard to keep communities free of litter and trash. In one particular county in the U.S., they have created a very interactive solution to the … Read More