Indiana Public Records
The Indiana Open Records and Open Doors Laws, found in Section 5-14 of the Indiana Code, declares that any person may inspect the public records of any public agency. Exceptions include open investigation records, records that could hinder a government agency or endanger the state, records otherwise protected by law, and records whose release would infringe on personal privacy.
We’ve identified the most widely used databases at the statewide level. You can find those below. Use the margin menus to search license databases, and those for cities and counties within Indiana.
- Court System - The Indiana court system has five levels. At the first level are the City & Town Courts, responsible for ordinance violations, misdemeanors, infractions & traffic matters. Second are the Superior Courts, which are general jurisdiction trial courts that handle civil, criminal & small claims cases. At the third level are the Circuit Courts. The original courts in Indiana, Circuit Courts have unlimited trial jurisdiction over criminal & civil cases. At the fourth are the Tax Court and Court of Appeals. The Tax Court handles appeals of government agency tax decisions. The Court of Appeals reviews opinions from the lower courts. At the top level is the Indiana Supreme Court, which handles all death penalty and life imprisonment appeals, and other appeals from the lower courts. Indiana Court Records
- Criminal Records - Misdemeanors and DUI/DWI cases are handled by the City & Town Courts, and can also be handled by the Superior & Circuit Courts, which also try felony and juvenile cases. To find out what rules the State has for ordering background checks, and which databases are available to you, refer to our Indiana Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – Birth and death certificates are provided by: Vital Records Department, Indiana State Department of Health, 6 West Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, (317) 233-2700, Fax: (317) 233-7210. Certified marriage & divorce certificates are available from the court in the county where the marriage or divorce was granted. Visit our Vital Records page for historical county birth records; county databases for deaths, burials, cemeteries, wills, and obituaries, and also the Social Security Death Index for Indiana; statewide historical marriages and available county marriage databases; links to family court divorce records from 35 Indiana counties, along with various historical divorce indexes.
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Indiana cemeteries by name, county, or location.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
Search Systems Premium combined database of Indiana county felony & misdemeanor records, Department of Corrections inmate records, and the Indiana registered and violent offender registry.
|Drivers Records |
Search for Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles driver's license records by license number, name, date of birth, or social security number. Paid membership required.
Search for Indiana State government agencies or employees.
|Homestead Database |
Search Indiana State Archives for Hoosier Homestead Award recipients. Award is for farms that have been owned by the same family for more than 100 years and the family has had an impact on the economic, cultural and social advancement of Indiana.
Indiana State Library records of marriages recorded in Indiana between 1958 and 2005.
|Motor Vehicle Registration Records Pay Site|
Search for Indiana vehicle registration information by plate number, social security number, or make, year, & vehicle ID number. Paid membership required.
|Official Indiana Site |
Go to the official website for the State of Indiana to learn about government programs, services, offices, officials, agencies, and more.
|Public Records Retention Schedule |
Search for Indiana public records by agency/division name, or record series number/title. Gives complete agency specific retention schedule, agency head, address, division name, status, and telephone number of records coordinator.
|Registered Offenders |
Search for Indiana registered and violent offenders by by name, zip code, city, home address, school address, work address, secondary address, internet names, email, or phone number. Also available is a list of non-compliant offenders.
|Telephone Privacy List |
Database established by the Indiana Attorney General. Telephone Privacy list was established for Indiana citizens to help reduce unwanted calls.
|Unclaimed Property |
Indiana Attorney General unclaimed property records. Search by name of owner or use the advanced search feature to search by name or business name and city, or find records by property ID.
|Uniform Commercial Code Pay Site|
Search Indiana Secretary of State Uniform Commercial Code filings by debtor name or UCC filing number. A list of matching names is offered at no charge. Filing details and documents require a fee, payable by credit card or by an IN.gov subscription.
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|Administrative Code |
Search by Indiana Code number or keyword-- or browse for Indiana Administrative Code
|Adoption Registry |
Photo registry of children who are waiting for adoption in Indiana. Search for children with or without siblings, male or female or specify an age range.
|Bill Tracking |
Search for bills by author, committee, Indiana code section, keyword or bill number. For each bill chosen, you will be emailed whenever a change occurs in the bill status. Paid membership required.
|Campaign Finance |
Search these Indiana campaign finance databases for candidates, committees, contributions, and expenditures.
|Campgrounds & Inns |
Search the Indian Department of Natural Resources on-line reservation service for state park campground and inn reservation availability.
Browse code of Indiana by title, article, chapter, and section.
Search by Indiana Code number of browse for information in the Indiana Constitution.
|County and Town Officials |
Browse Indiana roster of county and town officials by job title or county. Gives name of official, contact information, start date, and end date.
|Court Records | County, State, and Federal |
Go here for court records in Indiana, including: county court records from both Doxpop and the State Court Administration; Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Tax Court dockets and opinions; and federal PACER U.S. District Court civil, criminal, and bankruptcy records.
|Covered Bridges |
Browse this list (PDF) from the Indiana Historical Bureau of Indiana Covered Bridges.
|Criminal Histories Pay Site|
Search the Indiana State Police Limited Criminal History database which "contains only felonies and class A misdemeanor arrests within the state of Indiana." Signup for access through the accessIndiana service or pay by credit card.
|Environmental - Toxic Release Inventory |
Search for toxic releases in Indiana by location, chemical, or industry. Gives total releases and wastes as well as details on what kinds of chemicals. Site also contains link with information on various chemicals that are released.
|Eviction Records | Tenant Screening Pay Site|
Search Systems Eviction Records. Search statewide in Indiana for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.
|General Land Office Database |
Browse by name for names listed on the Indiana State Archive General Land Office Database. Provides name, location, and site description.
|Historical Markers |
Search the Indiana Historical Bureau database of Indiana Historical Markers. Search by ID, County, Title, Inscription, Marker Location, or keyword.
|Hunter Education |
Use this fee-based AccessIndiana service for Indiana Hunter Education Verification searches. Search by name and optionally by birthdate.
|Indian Lands Records |
Browse by date for Indiana Indian Land records. Provides date, name, section/lot, township/range, acres, and receipt.
|Indianapolis Donation Database |
Search the Indiana State Archives Indianapolis Donation Database for donation purchase certificates, certificate number, original purchaser, and subsequent buyers.
|Inmates - Death Row |
Search this Indianapolis Star service for Indiana death row inmates by inmate name or victim name.
|Insurance Enforcement Actions |
Browse Indiana insurance enforcement actions by name of company. Gives violation, final order date, action, and order number.
Search for job openings in Indiana or employers may use this service to search for candidates.
Search for Indiana bills or resolutions by number or keyword, or browse by subject. Gives summary, full text of bill, amendments, committee reports, fiscal impact statements, original bill, history of actions, and the Indiana code citations affected.
Use this Indiana State Library service to search for libraries in Indiana by library type, name, address, and/or county.
|Missing Children |
Browse this listing of missing children in Indiana to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.
|Missing Persons |
Indiana State Police records of missing children and missing endangered adults.
|Most Wanted |
Search or browse this Indiana crimestoppers database by name, photo, and crime committed for a list of the most wanted fugitives.
|Motor Vehicle Title and Liens Records Pay Site|
Search for Indiana motor vehicle title and lien records by title number, social security number, or year, make, & vehicle ID number. Paid membership required.
|Nursing Home Facilities |
Use this service of the Indiana State Department of Health to search their directory of Nursing Homes / Long Term Care Facilities by city or county or browse their alphabetical listing by owning corporation.
|Protective Orders |
Search for protective and no contact orders in Indiana by name or case number. You may also narrow your search by year of birth, race, city, or county (or counties).
|Securities Database |
Search for Indiana Securities division registration records by firm type, name, or registration number. Gives registration type, effective date, expiration date, address of firm, and correspondent or agent(s).
|State Documents |
Search the Indiana Division State Documents Section for State Documents.
Search for Indiana trademarks by name or owner, or browse by category of product. Gives date of registration, file number, and product number.
|Unemployment Voucher Status |
If you have an active Indiana Unemployment Claim, use this Indiana Department of Workforce Development database to obtain an online status of your Unemployment vouchers.
|Vehicle Registration Records |
Search for Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle registration records by plate, social secuirty number, or auto information. Paid accessIndiana membership required.
|Vehicle Title & Lien Records |
Search for Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles title and lien records by title number; by year, make & VIN; or search by social security number. Paid accessIndiana membership required.
|Veterans of World War II |
Search for Indiana World War II veterans by service number, last name, city, county, or branch of service. Gives dates in service, area of service, status, awards, and other information.
|Water Well Database |
Search for Indiana water wells by reference number, county, UTM coordinate, or date completed. Gives extensive information on each well (directions, contact info for owner(s) & contractor(s), capacity, grouting information, administrative info, etc.).
|World War II Servicemen |
Indiana State Library database of World War II Servicemen. Includes notices of casualties, missing military personnel, prisoners, and decorations.