New York Public Records
The 1978 New York Freedom of Information Law defines public records as information held or produced by or for a government agency. Public records can include property records, land records, deeds, mortgages, judgments, liens, photographs, maps, letters, meeting minutes, laws, ordinances, legal papers, license information, and vital records (births, deaths, marriages, divorces).
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.
Here you’ll find the New York public record resources that we feel will be most useful. You can also make use of the tools on the left to explore county records, city records, and other resources such as licenses.
- 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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Search this New York State Archives database for availability of New York Archives information by site/gateway and keyword.
|Child Support Payments |
New York State Division of Child Support Enforcement provides this service to custodial and non-custodial parents to logon with their SSN and PIN to view the latest posted payments.
|Corporation & Business Entity Database |
Use this New York Department of State database to find registered for-profit and non-profit corporations, LPs, LLCs, and LLPs. Search by business name and/or status.
|Court Cases | Supreme Court Civil Pending |
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.
|Disciplined Physicians |
New York Department of Health records of Physician, Physician Assistant, and Specialist Assistant disciplinary actions.
|Immigration Records - Ellis Island |
Find original ship manifests for passengers who came to America through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924 at no cost and get additional family information with registration and a fee.
|Inmates & Offenders |
Search by name, birth date, DIN, or NYSID # for current/former NY State Dept. of Correctional Services inmate records. Does NOT include offenders in County or local institutions, youthful offenders, or those whose convictions were set aside.
|Marriages 1639-1786 |
Search for Marriages in New York State from 1639 through 1786. Information includes bride name, groom name, and marriage date.
|Registered Offenders |
New York State offender registry. View information on high risk/Level 3 offenders including name, photo, DOB, address, physical description, scars, marks, tattoos, aliases and vehicle registration.
|State Phone Directory |
New York public phone directory, including state employees, departments, functions, organizations, hearing/speech impaired access, and Congressional, Assembly, and Senate office numbers.
|Tax Liens |
Search the New York Secretary of State UCC system for Federal tax lien records filed in New York.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search by name or name & city for unclaimed property in New York. Provides name, address, reported by, account #, type of property, year reported, and instructions on how to file a claim.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Search the New York Secretary of State Uniform Commercial Code Public Inquiry System for UCCs by standard (RA9) search logic, non-standard, filing number, or secured party. Search, results, and document copies are free online.
|Attorney General Opinions |
Browse the New York Attorney General's database of opinions issued since 1995 or search by number, subject or statute.
|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 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.
|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 Unified Court System service provides fee-based access to New York Criminal History Records. Access requires that you complete the application and pay a $52.00 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.
|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.
|Historic Markers |
Search this New York State Museum database by county for New York historic markers.
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.
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.
|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.
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.