Nevada Public Records

The Nevada Public Records Act, (NPRA) Nevada Revised Statutes § 239, defines public records in the state of Nevada, who can access them, and how access is to be granted. Under the NPRA, all records held by state agencies are considered public records unless they are specifically declared confidential under the law. Therefore, under the NPRA, information is default a public record unless a specific confidentiality restriction applies. The NPRA allows people to make verbal requests, as well as written requests, for state public records. This makes it easier for people to request public records in Nevada than in most other states. However, given that it can be difficult, and sometimes impossible, to prove an oral request for a record, a person requesting the information may still wish to make a written request.

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More About Nevada

Nevada is located in the Western part of the United States, in a region defined by mountains and desert. It is the 7th largest state in the United States, but only the 34th most populated, despite the fact that one of the U.S.’s most popular tourist destinations, Las Vegas, is located in Nevada. Nevada is known for its colorful history, which includes significant links to the American mafia, continued legalized prostitution (though that is only in some parts of the state), gambling and casinos, and entertainment. Nevada has an extremely transitory population. Therefore, if you are searching for public records for a resident of Nevada, you will probably need to search in their state of origin in addition to Nevada.


Public Records in NV

The state of Nevada does not maintain a central repository for public records online. However, that does not mean that you cannot find public records for the state online. Clark County and the city of Las Vegas maintain public record databases for various types of information. Smaller counties and cities may maintain their own public record databases. However, a comprehensive search for public records in the state may require you to visit multiple sites.

Property Records

One of the most easily accessible types of public record is the property record. However, there are actually multiple different types of property records that may describe the same parcel of land. To get a complete picture of land ownership, you may have to access all three of the common property record types: land records, deed records, and property tax records.

Land Records

The most basic type of property record is the land record. These records generally refer to the original conveyance of land from a governmental entity to the original property owner. The Nevada Division of State Lands can assist you with patent searches. In Nevada, a patent refers to the legal document recording the transfer of land ownership from the state government to individuals and includes the name of the buyer, a legal description of the land, the date of sale, and any easements for roads, waterways, or public utilities. You can search for patents at their website by section, township, patentee, and/or patent number.

Property Tax Records

Property tax records are a specific type of property record relating directly to the amount of property assessed on a specific parcel of land, as well as whether that property tax has been paid, and the owner of record. The State of Nevada does not maintain a state website to search for property tax records, but you may be able to find that information by visiting the website of the county assessor in the county in which the property is located. The assessor’s offices generally allow you to look for property tax records by parcel number, owner name, address, subdivision name, subdivision owner, or parcel type.

Deed Records

Deed records are records that refer to property ownership and conveyances from individual to individual. In addition to title, you may find information about mortgages, liens, and other encumbrances in deed records. In Nevada, there is no central state collection of deed records. Instead, the county recorder in the county where the property is located is responsible for recording deeds. You can visit their offices to find out deed information.


NV Vital Records

The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) maintains an Office of Vital Statistics, which is responsible for maintaining records on those events considered vital events in the state of Nevada. Nevada considers births, deaths, marriages, and divorces to be vital statistics.

Birth Records

To access a birth record in Nevada, you may be required to prove that you are the person named in the birth record or that you have a right to access the birth record, as outlined in Nevada law. You can order birth records online, by mail, by phone, or in person. For birth records older than 1911, you may need to request them through the recorder of the county in which the birth occurred.

Death Records

Like birth records, you may have to provide proof that you are entitled to access a death record in Nevada. However, if you can provide that proof, death records are available online, by mail, by phone, or in person.

Marriage Records

In Nevada, marriage records are not held at the state level, but at the county level. For certified copies of marriage certificates, you must write to the County Recorder in the county where the license was purchased. However, the Office of Vital Records can search for and verify marriages occurring from 1968 to 2005.

Divorce Records

In Nevada, divorce records are held at the county level, not the state level. To find out information about a divorce record, you must contact the County Clerk in the county where the divorce occurred. However, you can verify that a divorce occurred through the Office of Vital Records, for divorces from 1968 to 2005.

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