Oklahoma Public Records
Oklahoma’s Freedom of Information Laws cover both public records and public meetings. Title 51 Oklahoma Statutes § 24A.1 et seq., the Oklahoma Open Records Act, is not a single law, but a series of law designed to help guarantee that the public has access to public records of Oklahoma governmental bodies. It is a broadly defined law that covers all documents created by, received by, under the authority of, or coming into the custody, control or possession of public officials or their representatives, in connection with a wide variety of types of public business. It does not just cover written documents, but any type of record including: books, papers, photographs, sound recordings, film recordings, video recordings, tapes, disks, records, computer software, and any other type of data. The Oklahoma statute contains a number of exemptions including: information protected by state evidentiary privilege, real estate appraisals, personnel records, sex offender registration files, personnel notes, business-related bids, computer programs, medical market research, and student records.
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Oklahoma is a state located in the south-central region of the United States. The 20th-largest state, it has the 28th largest population. Although many people think of Oklahoma as a primary rural state, most of Oklahoma’s population is actually concentrated in its major metropolitan areas. In fact, Oklahoma has a relatively strong economy that has multiple bases: aviation, energy, telecommunications, biotechnology, agricultural products, natural gas, and oil. Oklahoma is a frequent work-destination, especially for people in nearby states who work in oil or gas. Therefore, if you are looking for background information on someone in Oklahoma, if there appear to be gaps in the record, you may need to look in other states.
Public Records in OK
Oklahoma does make state public records available, but it does not have a single place for state public records. Instead, to find public records in the state of Oklahoma, you need to seek the information from the agency that holds the information.
There are a variety of different types of records that fall under the general rubric of property records. In addition to information about property ownership, these records may contain information about names, citizenship information, marriages, births, and divorces. There are three basic types of property records: property tax records; deed records; and land records. These records all refer to a specific subtype of property record, though the generic term land records may refer to any type of property record. Property tax records refer to any type of record describing the tax obligation attached to a specific parcel of land. Property tax records usually contain a description of the land, whether it contains any improvements, who owns the land, the tax rate, and whether taxes are current or delinquent. Deed records usually refer to conveyances of land from one private owner to another private owner as well as instruments that can impact title, like mortgages or liens. Finally, land records often refer to grants from a government agency to the original private owner and may also be known as land grant records.
Oklahoma land grant records can be found at the Oklahoma Historical Society. They have links to information on how to find conveyances that began in 1902, when Oklahoma was still named Indian Territory. Grants continued up until 1906, and counties began maintaining land records on a county level in 1907, after Oklahoma was granted statehood. Because many original counties have been subdivided into smaller counties, there may be some difficulty finding original land records if you search primarily by county.
Property Tax Records
In Oklahoma, property taxes are handled at the county level by the county assessor’s office. You can find relevant tax information for property by going to the tax assessor’s office in the county in which the property is located. Many of them allow you to search for the property using an online system, and using different ways to search, including: name, address, real estate account number, personal account number, subdivision, and map number.
In Oklahoma, you can locate deed records in office of the County Clerk in the county in which the land is located. Because Oklahoma counties have been subdivided since Oklahoma became a state, you may need to check more than one county clerk’s office to get a complete record of land ownership. Deed records contain information about conveyances of land from one private owner to another. In addition, deed records contain information about any encumbrances on land, such as mortgages or liens.
OK Vital Records
Vital Statistics refers to the quantitative data that a governmental organization uses to measure trends in a community. These can include births, deaths, marriages, and divorces, and may include other things such as adoptions, domestic partnerships, or other actions impacting the family. In Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Department of Health Division of Vital Records if responsible for maintaining vital statistics for the state.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health Division of Vital Records registers every birth that occurs in Oklahoma and preserves, amends, and issues certified birth certificates. You may get birth certificates by mail, on-line, or in-person.
Like birth certificates, in Oklahoma death certificates are handled by the Division of Vital Records, which is responsible for recording deaths and handling death certificates. You can get death records in several ways, including: online, in-person, and by mail.
Oklahoma does not maintain marriage records or certificates centrally; to obtain marriage record information, you must go to the County Court Clerk in the county where the marriage certificate was issued.
Divorce records are not maintained at a state-level in Oklahoma; you can find them by going to the County Court Clerk in the county where the divorce was granted.
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