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Certain records are restricted from public access, especially those that would violate personal privacy, interfere with an ongoing investigation, expose trade secrets, or endanger the life or safety of any person.

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  • Court System - The New York court system has five levels. At the first are City Courts & Justice Courts (Town & Village Courts). Both handle small claims, small civil, misdemeanors, violations & felony arraignments. At the second level are: Supreme Courts (civil, civil & felony in NYC); County Courts (civil, misdemeanor & felony); District Courts (Suffolk & Nassau – misdemeanors, civil to $15K); Family Courts (adoption, child support, custody); and Surrogates Courts (estates, probate of wills, guardianship). Third are Appellate Terms of the Supreme Court, which hear appeals from lower courts in NYC. Fourth are Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court, which review decisions from all lower courts. Fifth is the Court of Appeals, which reviews cases from lower appellate courts and death penalty cases.  New York Court Records
  • Criminal Records - Felony cases are handled at the Supreme Court and City Court levels. Misdemeanors and DWI/DUI cases are handled at the City Courts, District Courts, Civil/Criminal Courts of New York City, and the Town and Village Justice Courts. Juvenile cases are only handled in the Family Courts. The New York State Office of Court Administration provides a statewide criminal history search for $65. Otherwise, a search by county is recommended.  For more details and access to available data, check our NY Criminal Records page.
  • Vital Records - New York does not freely give out vital record certificate copies. Read carefully the restrictions and instructions on our NY Vital Records page. Birth and death certificates and marriage records are available from: New York State Department of Health, Vital Records Section, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237.  Refer to our vital records page for information on ordering divorce records, and for online birth, death, and marriage databases.

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Attorney General Opinions

Browse the New York Attorney General's database of opinions issued since 1995 or search by number, subject or statute.

Austrian, Polish and Galician Immigrants 1890-1891

Search the JewishGen database by surname to find Jewish immigrants who came to New York from Austria, Poland or Galicia between 1890 and 1891.

Banking | Check Cashers, Money Transmitters, Bankers, and Brokers

Go here to search New York Financial License databases. You'll find links to the New York registry for check cashers, mortgage bankers and brokers, banking representatives, licensed lenders, money transmitters, finance, and safe deposit companies.

Bankruptcies, Judgments & Tax Liens  Pay Site

Search New York Statewide for bankruptcies, judgments, and tax liens or search Nationwide.

Births and Christenings 1640-1962

Search New York birth and christening records filed between 1640 and 1962.

Campaign Contributions

Search for corporate, committee, partner, union, association, or individual political campaign contributors in the State of New York by name, office, committee, and/or contribution amount. This database also shows 24 hour notice filings.

Census - 1865

Browse images of 1865 New York State Census records population schedules.

Census - 1892

Search over 3.7 million 1892 New York State Census records and view document images.

Census - 1905

Search 1905 New York State Census records and view or download images of population schedules.

Child Support Warrants

New York State Department of State Child Support Enforcement Warrant Notice System. Search for child support evaders by debtor name, city, or county.

Contract Search

Provided by the Office of the State Comptroller. Search for active contracts in the State of New York by agency name or vendor name or search by all state agencies.

Court Cases and Decisions | WebCivil Local

Search the New York State Unified Court System online WebCivil Local database for local court decisions on disposed cases and information and calendars for active cases.

Court Cases | Criminal Cases & Calendars | Webcrims  Pay Site

Search the WebCrims Case Information System for current criminal court filings & calendars in thirteen New York Counties.

Court of Claims Decisions

The MacLaw database contains the decisions of the New York State Court of Claims from March 2000 to the present. Search by keyword, judge, claimant, date or UID.

Court Records | Supreme Court Calendars and Cases

Search the New York State Unified Court System "WebCivil Supreme" statewide database for pending New York Civil Supreme Court cases and view case information and case calendars.

Court Records | U.S. District PACER

Access regional U.S. District Courts of New York PACER system for Federal civil, criminal, and bankruptcy court records.

Crash Reports

Find a New York accident report online by name, license number, report, or date. Searches are free, but there is a fee for the report.

Criminal History

This New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) service provides fee-based access to New York Criminal History Records. Access requires that you complete the application and pay a $65.00 fee for a statewide search.

Criminal Searches  Pay Site

Search New York Department of Corrections inmate records, prison release records, and New York registered offenders statewide. For a complete New York Criminal History search, click on the link titled Criminal History provided by the New York State Unified Court System.

Deaths and Burials 1795-1952

Search over 600,000 New York deaths and burials recorded between 1795 and 1952.

Eviction Records | Tenant Screening  Pay Site

Use Search Systems Eviction Records as part of your tenant screening. Search statewide in New York for eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.

Find People

Easy to use, find people in New York instantly! Find addresses and phone numbers. Free summary of names. Fee for detailed reports.

Gaming Commission Racetrack Rulings

New York State Gaming Commission database of racetrack rulings, suspensions, and fines.

Historic Markers

Search this New York State Museum database by county for New York historic markers.

Horse Racing Accidents & Deaths

New York State Gaming Commission database of racing injuries, accidents, and equine deaths.

Laws

Search by Chapter Number or browse the New York State Constitution, New York Consolidated Laws or New York Unconsolidated Laws to view the articles and text of Laws of the State of New York.

Legislation - Bills & Resolutions

Search by Bill number or keyword for New York State Legislature Bills & Resolutions.

Legislators

Use this State of New York service to search for legislators: congressional districts; state senate districts; and state assembly districts by address or use the interactive GIS map.

Licenses | Professional, Medical & Business

Search New York professional, medical, and business license databases and license verification services.

Lobbyists, Clients, Public Corporations

Search for online filings and reports from New York registered lobbyists, lobbyist clients, and public corporations. Use IE only.

Marriages 1686-1980

Search over 700,000 New York State marriage records filed between 1686 and 1980.

Missing Children - missingkids.com

Browse this missingkids.com listing of missing children in New York to view information including photo, name, DOB, case #, contact person/#, case type, physical description, date/city missing from and link to poster.

Missing Children - NY Division of Criminal Justice

Browse this New York State Division of Criminal Justice Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouses alphabetical listing to view information including name, photo, date/city missing from, DOB, physical description & circumstances.

Naturalizations

Naturalization records from the National Archives in New York.

New York Times Articles 1851-Present

Search New York Times articles from 1981-present (text only format) or search article archives from 1851-1980. View the first few lines or (if available) an abstract for free. Full text articles can be purchased for $3.95 per article.

School Codes

Use this list of the New York State Higher Education Services Corp. to find the name and code number of the division, branch, or program of study of a New York school(s).

State Employee Salaries

Search the New York state payroll by name, title, branch of government, agency or subcategory for employee and salary information. Contains information on 263,000 + state employees including school employees.

Tax Warrants

Search the New York State Department of State - State Tax Warrant Notice System for tax warrants filed in county clerks' offices in New York. Search by taxpayer name, city, and/or county.

Voter Registration Statewide

Search for registered voters in the state of New York by first and last name, date of birth, county and address. All fields are required to search.

Workers Compensation Information

Provides workers comp information, news, facts, and contact information for employees, employers, insurers, and medical providers in New York. Find rules, statutes, forms, and professional help relating to workplace injuries and disabilities.


New York is located in the northeast United States. The Capital is Albany and the largest city is New York.  The Official Web Site is located at http://www.ny.gov/.  New York is the 4th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 19,746,227 and the 2010 census population was 19,378,112.  The land area is 47,126.40 square miles and there are 411.2 persons per square mile.

70.9% of the population is White, 17.5% is Black or African American, 18.4% is Hispanic or Latino, 8.2% is Asian, 1% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.3% are two or more races. 85.2% are a high school graduate or higher, and 33.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $288,200. There are on average 2.61 persons per household, the per capita income is $32,382, the median household income is $58,003, and 15.3% of the persons in New York are considered below poverty level.

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