Indiana Public Records

The Indiana Access to Public Records Act, Indiana Code 5-14-3, is Indiana’s version of the Freedom of Information Act. It is a series of laws that guarantees the public’s right to certain public governmental records in Indiana. Under these laws, public records are defined as records created, maintained, or filed by government agencies. Some records are specifically exempted from being public records, including: trade secrets, confidential information, academic research, licensing information, medical records, autopsy photos or videos, social security numbers, law enforcement investigations, attorney information, employee personal files, security-related documents, correctional officer or utility worker contact information, law enforcement complaint information, or anything declared exempt by the Supreme Court.

In Indiana, any person can make a public records request. Requestors do not have to provide a statement of purpose and cannot be refused if they refuse to provide a statement or purpose. However, these records cannot generally be used for commercial purposes, except by news publications, academic research, or by non-profits. The agency has 24 hours to respond to in-person requests, and 7 days to respond to requests that are sent in by mail, fax, or email.

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Public & Vital Records for Counties in Indiana

More About Indiana

Indiana is a state in the Great Lakes region of the American Midwest. It is the 17th most populous state, and the 38th largest by area. It is bordered by Illinois, Lake Michigan, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana. Indiana has a strong economy, with unemployment rates lower than the national average, which means that it might attract people from outside of the state for work opportunities. In addition, its proximity to several other major states means that some Indiana communities are considered commuter or bedroom communities for cities in other states. Therefore, if you are running a background check of people located in Indiana, you may need to look in nearby border states for a complete picture, even of people who have lived their entire lives in Indiana.


Public Records in IN

Indiana does not keep a single repository of all public records in the state. Therefore, accessing public records in Indiana depends on the type of record you want to access. Two places to begin your search are the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Supreme Court Law Library. Property records and vital statistics are found in different locations.

Property Records

In Indiana, there are three main types of property records: land records, property tax records, and deed records. However, much of the information available in each of these types of records actually overlaps. Therefore, you may be able to find the information you need from an online search at a County Assessor, even if you cannot find the specific type of record you want to find.

Land Records

The term “land records” refers to a very specific type of real property transaction. The sale of land from the United States government to property holders in Indiana began in 1801. Land offices began opening in 1807 to sell land to homesteaders and others seeking to purchase land from the federal government. You can find information about those transactions at the Land Records Collection: Land Office Index.

Property Tax Records

You can find property tax records by looking for parcels on a system known as the Property Report Card system. Tax records provide information such as a parcel description; the history of taxes owed on the property, including taxes that are due; and ownership information.

Deed Records

In Indiana county property records are maintained by the official recorder for that county. The County Recorder is responsible for maintaining permanent public records of legal instruments such as military discharges; personal bonds; and those records involving real estate, including deeds, mortgage, liens, leases, and plats.

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IN Vital Records

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

Birth Records

Birth records are not treated like public records. Only those with a direct interest can obtain birth records. Those with a direct interest include the person, direct kin, and people with a legal interest.

Death Records

Death records are not treated like public records in Indiana and only those with a direct interest can obtain death records.

Marriage Records

Marriage records are maintained by the Clerk of Court in the county where the marriage occurred. If that information is unknown you can go to one of the state’s marriage databases to help locate the appropriate clerk.

Divorce Records

In Indiana, divorce records, as well as other non-confidential family court records, may be found in the state’s searchable database. You can search for them using case number, citation number, cross reference, court name, party name, or attorney name.

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