Nebraska Public Records

Nebraska has two open records laws: the Nebraska Open Meetings Act and the Nebraska Public Records Law. The Nebraska Open Meetings Act, Nebraska Statutes § 84-1408 et seq., is the act that regulates how public meetings are conducted and defines open meetings. One of the interesting aspects of this act is that it criminalizes violations; making them a class IV misdemeanor. The Nebraska Public Records Law, Nebraska Statutes § 84-712.01 et seq., is the act governing access to public records. According to the law, public records include all documents belonging to any government agency, regardless of what form the documents are in. In Nebraska, any person can request public records for any purpose. Not only does Nebraska not restrict the use of records, it also allows people to request records without a statement of purpose. There is some information that is exempt from the public records law including: personal information from student records, personal information from personnel records, medical records, academic research, scientific research, trade secrets, attorney work product, law enforcement records, investigative records, real estate appraisals, and some archeological records. The government agency has four days to complete the records request.

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More About Nebraska

Nebraska is the 16th largest state, with the 37th largest population. It is located in the Midwestern part of the United States, and is also considered part of the Great Plains and Dissected Till Plains regions. The capital of Nebraska is Lincoln. The state is probably best known for its agriculture, which is its major industry. It is a major producer of the following agriculture products: beef, pork, corn, and soybeans. Agriculture means a fluctuating, seasonal population.


Public Records in NE

Although the state of Nebraska does not maintain a central repository for public records online, it does maintain a better database for public records than many states at the Nebraskaccess website. This website has links to other websites, which were selected by the Nebraska Library Commission, where people can find public records. However, you cannot find links to all types of records in that state.

Property Records

You can find some Nebraska property records online at the Nebraskaccess Property Values website. While this website does not contain a search function, it does provide links to county erecord sites, where you can look at various types of property records. Generally speaking, there are three types of property records: land records, deed records, and property tax records.

Land Records

Although any record describing the ownership of land is technically a land record, the terms generally refers to records describing the original conveyance of land from a government body to the first private property owner. You can find Nebraska Homestead Land Records online at the Nebraska History website. You can search these records by: name, section, township, and range. The search results will include name, section, township, range, reel, and vol-page.

Deed Records

While land records record the original conveyance from a government body to an individual, deed records refer to conveyances that alter the individual ownership of property. In addition to conveyances such as deeds, deed records may include encumbrances on the titles, such as liens and mortgages. This record of ownership is often referred to as title. There is no official state repository for deed records; they are held by each county’s register of deeds.

Property Tax Records

Property tax records refer to property records that directly relate to the property tax associated with land. This can include the assessment rates, the amount of tax owed, whether taxes are current, and the property owner. The State of Nebraska does not maintain an official state website to search for property tax records, but some counties have contracted with MIPS to provide that information, which can be accessed from a single site. Otherwise, you can find that information at the county assessor’s office for the county in which the property is located.


NE Vital Records

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services maintains Nebraska’s vital records. In Nebraska, the following records are considered vital statistics: births, stillbirth/ fetal death, deaths, marriages, and divorces.

Birth Records

You can request a birth record online in Nebraska, by completing the form and sending it, along with all supporting documentation in an email form to the state. The certificate of birth resulting in stillbirth is not available online; neither are birth certificates for genealogical purposes. You may also request them by mail.

Death Records

For death records for deaths occurring after 1904, you can fill out a form and request them via the internet or by mail. You will be required to demonstrate a proper purpose and a relationship to the deceased to get a death record. Spouses, parents, next of kin, children, and legal representatives are entitled to death records.

Marriage Records

In Nebraska, you can get marriage records for yourself or for your parents. To get a marriage record, you can fill out a form and send it, along with the proper documentation, in an email or by mail.

Divorce Records

You can get a divorce record for yourself or for your parents. If you are not requesting your own divorce record, you will be required to share the purpose for which you want the divorce record. Fill out the form and send it, along with any supporting documentation by mail or via email, to get the divorce record. The divorce record is merely a divorce certificate showing that a divorce occurred; it is not the court record from the divorce.

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