Category Archives: Arizona


New Database Makes Car Fraud Data Accessable to Public

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

Learn About The Candidates Through Public Records

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With two presidential debates and the one and only vice presidential debate complete, are you satisfied with the information provided by the candidates? It has been a truly long and historic campaign season, but there is still a lot to know before November 4th. As everyone is probably quite aware of at this point, the economy is in the dumps, billions of dollars are being spent on two wars, and the health care and educational systems are not up to the high standards worthy of a leading nation. So, this election could be one of the most important decisions of … Read More

Public Record and Social Security Numbers

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Identity theft could happen to any one of us at any time. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), about 9 million Americans become victims of identity theft every year. Identity theft is when someone steals your personal information and uses this information to commit further crimes. The type of personal information typically stolen includes social security numbers and credit card numbers. These thieves may use your stolen identity to write bad checks under your name, take out loans, apply for credit cards, get government benefits, or even get a job.

Identity theft is such a serious crime because it … Read More

Arizona State Employee Discipline Records to Become Public Records

House Bill 2159, which was approved by the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives this week will make state employee disciplinary records open to the public. Currently, the names, positions, and salaries of state employees are public records; however, this new bill would create an extra level of transparency.

The bill was created as part of an effort to reform Child Protective Services, which is a state agency. Sadly, three Arizona children died last year while being monitored by Child Protective Services. House Bill 2159 is part of an effort to bring more accountability and transparency to actions of state … Read More

Arizona Adoption Records

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In Arizona, adoption records are handled by the Office of Vital Records. After an adoption, the Office of Vital records is responsible for amending the original birth certificate. Once the original birth certificate is amended, it is sealed by the court, along with the adoption certificate.
Arizona adoption records are kept confidential and sealed, unless otherwise authorized by a court order.  
However, Arizona law allows adopted children (18 years or older), birth parents, adoptive parents of an adoptee (if the adoptee is 18 years or older), and biological siblings (18 years or older) of an adopted person to access Read More