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Get Your Marriage License!

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Since the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, a number of couples will need to apply for a marriage license.  If you’re one of those couples, you can use our website to research where to apply, the license fee, whether there is a waiting period, what identification is required, and more, including Judge performed ceremonies, available in certain states.

If you are planning your wedding, be sure to apply for your marriage license early.  Many states require you to be a resident in the county where the ceremony will be held.  Other … Read More

Search for a Licensed Professional

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Is there someone with a professional license that you would like to research or do you want to find a licensed professional in your area? If so, our “Professional License Records Resources” page contains a number of links for professional licenses such as accountants, architects, engineers, insurance agents, real estate agents, and more.

Our main “Professional License” page contains national links for “mortgage licensing,” “emergency medical technicians,” “brokerage firm brokers,” and others. In addition to the national links, most states offer online searches for a variety of professions. Here are some examples … Read More

What Happened at Your Local Council Meeting?

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Have you attended a City Council or County Commission meeting in your area recently? Do you want to know what is scheduled for an upcoming Council meeting or what happened at the last Commission meeting?

In a recent article in The Seattle Times, entitled “Talk of the Town,” by Nancy Bartley, Seattle Times staff reporter, cities and towns around the country are establishing new rules regarding public meetings. Cities and counties are experiencing citizens that use public comment time during meetings to discuss a political candidate, sell a product, or promote a blog. According to Tim Ford, former Ombudsman for … Read More

New Adoption Law in Washington State

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Good news for Washington State adoptees! The State of Washington’s new adoption law (SHB1525) became effective on July 28, 2013, changing the requirements for adoptees to obtain their original non-certified birth certificates.  The law also requires birth parents to notify the State Health Department before July 1, 2014, if they prefer to remain anonymous.

According to Washington State Dept. of Health’s website, beginning July 1, 2014, all adoptees 18 and older will have access to their original non-certified birth certificates unless the birth parent files a “Contact Preference Form” with the State’s Center for Health Statistics. Currently, original non-certified birth … Read More

City of Seattle Crime Statistics – Up or Down?

According to an article published in The Seattle Times, on Thursday, August 15, 2013, titled “Downtown getting safer? Not according to the numbers,” by Lynn Thompson and Justin Mayo, Seattle Times staff reporters, an analysis of the City of Seattle’s online Monthly Crime Statistics map was conducted by The Seattle Times. The crime rates in downtown Seattle have recently been the subject of discussion by the Mayor, downtown business owners and others. The City of Seattle’s crime statistics map displays major crime data by month, year and police beat. Depending on how the data is sorted, the results can vary. … Read More

Government Employee and Department Directories

Do you need to contact a certain governmental agency but don’t know where to start? Do you need to call or email a state, county or city agency but don’t have the phone number or email address? You can find phone numbers, email addresses and department services directories for states, counties and cities using our “Employee Directory Records Resources” page.

Here are just a few of the available links. The District of Columbia’s “Directory of Agencies and Services” provides a search by agency name or services name providing the phone number, fax number, address, description of … Read More

Millions of New Records Added to New York State Transparency Website

In a press release issued on May 1, 2013, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the addition of millions of government records to the state’s new data transparency website, which launched during Sunshine Week in March of this year. The website was created in an effort to provide citizens with user-friendly, one-stop access to government data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. Information on a variety of subjects such as food safety inspections, state jobs data, daycare facilities, economic development, crime data, and medical conduct discipline records were included in the initial launch of … Read More

Getting Married Soon?

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There are so many steps that go into planning a wedding and actually getting married that sometimes people forget about the most crucial item – the marriage license. There are so many questions about obtaining your license such as where to apply, when to apply, what is the cost, and is there a waiting period? To answer all of your questions, research needs to be done to ensure that you have the license when you need it. Also, where do we apply for our license if we’re getting married in another state? Can we have the ceremony at the courthouse? … Read More

Controversy over Published Gun Permit Records Continues

A newspaper in suburban New York has received nationwide attention and criticism after publishing an interactive map that lists the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties. The Journal News sought this information following the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and was obtained legally under New York’s Freedom of Information Law.

The release of these records has ignited heated debates all across the country. While some readers appreciated the information, others believe that it was an invasion of privacy and fear it could also endanger gun permit holders. In an article titled “The Journal … Read More

Missing Persons

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Do you have a loved one that is missing? Has your loved one recently gone missing or have they been missing for years? You may not be aware of the U.S. Department of Justice’s national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons known as “NamUs.” The “National Missing and Unidentified Persons System” is a free online website that can be searched by the medical field, law enforcement and the general public.  The website includes three separate databases, which are described below.  

The “Missing Persons” database contains information that can be entered by anyone and will … Read More