Arizona Public Records
Arizona Title 39 of the Public Records Act established an open policy that requires all public records be open to inspection by any person during office hours. These records can be documents, computer printouts, tapes, films, recordings, writings, or other items made or kept by public employees in the transaction of public business.
Exceptions to this open policy include vital records, documents that would compromise personal privacy, research documents, medical records, and records relating to ongoing investigations.
We have placed the more useful AZ statewide resources on this page for you. Make use of the menu items on the left to reach more resources, such as license databases, or city and county resources.
- Court System - There are four levels in the Arizona court system. At the first level are the limited jurisdiction courts: 83 Municipal (city) courts; and 87 Justice of the Peace Courts. These courts are not required to keep permanent records of court proceedings. The second level is the Superior Court of Arizona, which is the statewide trial court of general jurisdiction, has the widest variety of case type, and keeps permanent records. The Superior Courts have 174 judges and 97 pro tempore judges, commissioners, and hearing officers. At the third level are the Appellate Courts, which review trials and decisions on appeal, and employs 22 judges. At the top is the Arizona Supreme Court, which handles death penalty and other appeals, and cases involving elected officials and county disputes. Arizona Court Records
- Criminal Records - The Municipal Courts handle misdemeanor cases, traffic cases, and DWI/DUI cases. Justice of the Peace Courts handle some traffic cases, and criminal cases involving domestic violence and harassment. They can also issue warrants and handle preliminary hearings of felony cases. The Superior Courts handle felony and juvenile cases, and some misdemeanor cases. To find the available criminal databases in the state, visit our Arizona Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – Certified copies of birth and death certificates are provided by: Office of Vital Records, 1818 West Adams, PO Box 3887, Phoenix, AZ 85030-3887, (602) 364-1300, Fax: (602) 249-3040. Marriage and Divorce records are available from the superior court in the county where the event occurred. As Arizona is a closed record state, be sure to read their restrictions on our Vital Records page. That page also lists the available databases for births, deaths, marriages, and divorces.
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|Administrative Register |
Browse the Arizona Administrative Register (AAR), a weekly publication that gives information on rulemaking activities of the state agencies, including proposed, final, emergency, summary, and exempt rules. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
|Birth Records |
Search the Arizona Department of Health Services Genealogy database for birth certificates after 1855. By Arizona law certificates aren't made available until 75 years after the date of birth.
|County Records |
Search free public record databases in Arizona Counties.
|Court Records |
Search Arizona Court records for superior and municipal civil, criminal, and family court cases.
|Courts & Judges |
Browse directory of Arizona courts and judges by court to view information including judges, clerks of court, court names and locations.
|Cowboy Book |
Search for Arizona cowboys by name or book that they are mentioned in. Gives page number and authors name.
|Criminal Histories (info) |
Information on who may and how to order criminal background checks in Arizona from the Department of Public Safety.
|Criminal Records Statewide Pay Site|
Search Arizona statewide or nationwide for criminal records by name & DOB or age. Huge database. Save time and get more information.
|Death Records |
Search the Arizona Department of Health Services Genealogy database for death certificates after 1844. By Arizona law certificates aren't made available until 50 years after the date of death.
Search by name for Arizona State Employees. Provides name, agency and contact phone number.
|Environmental Databases |
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality databases, including permit applications, Emissions Bank Credit, underground storage tank, hazardous material, and water quality records.
|Inmates | Death Row |
List of inmates on death row in the state of Arizona. Provides a photograph, breakdown of the crime, presiding judge, prosecutor, aggravating circumstances, mitigating circumstances, and published opinions.
|Marriages before 1900 |
Search for pre 1900 marriages in Arizona by groom name or bride name. Provides ID number, bride & groom names, county of record, place of marriage, date of marriage, volume, and page.
|Registered Offenders |
Search the Arizona offender database provided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search missingmoney.com (authorized by the Arizona Department of Revenue and other states to list owners of Unclaimed Property) for Arizona unclaimed property.
|Uniform Commercial Code Filings |
Arizona Secretary of State records UCC and tax lien records. Search by lien number, or by debtor or secured party organization or individual name. Name searches may use RA9 (exact name) logic or wildcards.
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|Biographies - Historical |
Search or Browse the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Biographical Database. Information comes from books, newspaper articles, periodicals, obituaries, etc.
|Campaign Finance |
Search Arizona committees by committee name, chairman, treasurer, candidate, committee type, office code and status. Search contributions by contributor, committee, or date range. Provides amount contributed and to whom the contribution went.
|Charitable Organizations - Search |
Search this Arizona Secretary of State list by name for self-certified charitable organizations in Arizona by name, dba, or purpose.
Browse by Title or search the Arizona Revised Statutes by keyword or phrase.
|Court of Appeals Division One |
Search Arizona Court of Appeals Division One civil, corporate commission, criminal, habeas corpus, industrial commission, juvenile, mental health, special action, tax, and unemployment board court of appeals opinions and cases.
|Court of Appeals Division Two - Court Cases |
Provided by the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two. Use this service to search for case information by case type, year, number, or title, filing date, county, trial judge or trial court case #; or choose case type and year to browse the list.
|Court of Appeals Division Two - Decisions |
Browse a list of recent civil, corporate commission, criminal, habeas corpus, industrial commission, juvenile, mental health or special action appeals court decisions in Arizona. Provides a detailed description of each opinion.
|Court Records | U.S. District PACER |
Use the PACER system to search for Arizona Federal civil & criminal court records by case number, party name, filing date, or last update. Provides dockets and documents. Registration with PACER and a small fee required.
|Court Records | U.S. District PACER - Bankruptcy |
Use the PACER system to search for Arizona Federal bankruptcy court records by case number, party name, filing date, or last update. Provides dockets and documents. Registration with PACER and a small fee required.
|Find People |
Easy to use, find people in Arizona instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.
|Inmates before 1972 |
Browse this Arizona Department of Corrections list by name for inmate admissions prior to 1972.
|Insurance Statutes |
Search by keyword or browse by Article for Arizona Department of Insurance Revised Statutes.
Use this Arizona State Legislature service to search for both current and past legislation, check today's legislative schedule, view and hear live and archived hearings and meetings, etc.
Search for Lobbyists, Lobbyist Principal/Public Body, or Lobbyist employees in Arizona by ID or name.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Arizona to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|School Report Cards |
Search the Arizona Department of Education database of school report cards by school, district, zip code and/or year to view detailed report cards in Adobe Acrobat format.
|Schools & Districts |
Search the Arizona Department of Education\'s directory of schools and districts by name, city, county, zip or CTDS to view information including street address, phone, fax, Website, grades served, contact info, other schools in district and map link.
|Schools - Charter |
Search the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools directory by school name, county, city, zip, type, target population and/or calendar type to view corresponding information, sponsor, charter holder, street address and grades.
Browse by Title or search the Arizona Revised Statutes by keyword or phrase.
|Supreme Court Opinions |
Search the Arizona Supreme Court Opinions site from 1998 through the present. Instructions are included for effective keyword searches.
|Telephone Solicitors |
Search Arizona Secretary of State records for solicitors and charitable organizations registered as telephone solicitors.