Arizona Public Records

The Arizona Public Records Law, A.R.S. §§ 39-121 through 39-161, is Arizona’s version of a state freedom of information act. Under Arizona Law, all officers and public bodies must maintain those records that are reasonably necessary to provide an accurate accounting of any government funded activities, including their official activities. Records are not limited to written records. Instead, the term includes all: books, papers, maps, photographs, or any other documentary materials, regardless of form or characteristics, which is made or received by a government agency in connection with its public business or in accordance to the law. These records must be preserved by the agency or its successors. Public records include, but are not limited to written reports, legal memoranda, data bases, tape recordings, written minutes of minutes, training materials, case files, and personnel records. All public records must be made available for inspection unless they fall into one of three categories of exemptions: (1) those records that are confidential by law; (2) those records where privacy interests outweigh the public’s right to know; or (3) those records where disclosure is not in the state’s best interests.

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More About Arizona

Arizona is a state located in the American Southwest. It is the sixth-largest state by area and the 14th-largest state by population. The capital of Arizona is Phoenix. Known for its natural landmarks, Arizona is famous for being the home of the Grand Canyon and the Sonora Desert. In addition to being one of the country’s four-corners states, Arizona shares a border with Mexico and has a number of Native American reservations. This makes for a somewhat transitory state population. Therefore, when running a background check of people located in Arizona, you may need to look at other locations.


Public Records in AZ

Accessing public records in Arizona depends on the type of record you want to access. In general, you make your public records request directly to the agency where the records are being held. Requests should be made during business hours. State public records include personal records, court records, and business records. Personal records, also known as vital statistics, are generally governed by statute and closed for some period of time. Court Records may be found in the court of jurisdiction or in the State Archives. They are generally open, though records involving adoptions or juveniles may be closed.


Arizona Vital Records

Vital statistics refer to public records that detail events in private lives. This specific type of public record includes things such as: birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, and divorce records.

Birth Records

In Arizona, the Arizona Department of Health Services maintains access to birth and death certificates. You may also get these certificates in the county where the event occurred.

Death Records

You may access death & birth certificates in the county where the event occurred. The Arizona Department of Health Services maintains access to birth and death certificates.

Marriage Records

In Arizona, marriage records are maintained by the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the event occurred, and cannot be obtained from the Arizona Department of Health Services or the Bureau of Vital Records.

Divorce Records

In Arizona, divorce records cannot be obtained from the Arizona Department of Health Services or the Bureau of Vital Records. Divorce records are maintained by the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the event occurred.

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