Vermont Public Records
The Vermont public records law, found in Title 1, Chapter 5, Section 316 of the state statutory code, states that any person may inspect or copy any public record or document of a public agency during customary office hours. A record is defined as public if it is written or recorded during the course of public agency transactions.
Exceptions to open records include records designated confidential by law, records relating to open investigations, tax returns, medical records, personal and private records, test questions & scoring keys, trade secrets, student records, appraisal methods, library patron data, information revealing archeological sites and underwater historic properties, and records the disclosure of which would threaten the safety of persons or the security of public property.
Statewide Vermont databases appear below. To reach the resources maintained by a city or county, use the side navigation.
- Court System - The Vermont court system has a Supreme Court, Superior Courts, and a Judicial Bureau. The Supreme Court hears all appeals cases from lower courts, as there is no intermediate appellate court in Vermont. The Superior Court system has a Civil, Criminal, Family, and Probate Division in each of the 14 Vermont Counties. Next is the Vermont Judicial Bureau, which is under the auspices of the Supreme Court and handles civil violations and municipal complaints. There is also a statewide Environmental Division which hears environmental law cases. For more information, go to our Vermont Court Records page.
- Criminal Records - The Superior Courts in Vermont have jurisdiction over all criminal cases. Vermont does not make Superior Court criminal case records available online, but you can check criminal calendars for upcoming court dates of active criminal cases. For access to these databases, to Vermont U.S. District Court criminal records, and for details on ordering official background searches from the Vermont Criminal Information Center, visit our Vermont Criminal Records page.
- Vital Records – For certified copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates, write to the Vermont Department of Health, Vital Records Section, P.O. Box 70, 108 Cherry Street, Burlington, VT 05402, (802) 863-7275. Go to our Vital Records page for births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. There we have historical birth indexes, Goshen birth records, the SSDI Death Index; historical statewide death & probate record databases; death & cemetery records from available cities & counties, historical statewide marriages, marriage databases from Goshen, and information for ordering divorce certificates.
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|Bankruptcies, Judgments & Tax Liens Pay Site|
Search Systems Premium combined database of bankruptcies, judgments, and tax liens. Search nationwide or Vermont statewide. $5 per search, no registration fee.
|Company Search |
Vermont Secretary of State corporations, LLCs, LLPs, partnerships, trade names, name reservations. You can search by business name, registered agent, or Principal.
|Court Records |
Vermont State civil and criminal court records, view opinions, calendars, court fines, criminal histories, and United States District Court of Vermont civil, criminal, and bankruptcy filings.
|Criminal Histories Information|
Find information here from the Vermont Criminal Information Center on how to order criminal record checks in Vermont. Information on how to access records is offered at no charge, but Vermont charges a fee for each search.
|Criminal Records Pay Site|
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Search for inmates/offenders in Vermont by name. Information provided includes name, date of birth, site of incarceration, caseworker, and caseworker email address.
|Property Records |
Property records. assessments, Grand Lists, transfers, parcel records, tax records, and parcel map records from available online Vermont cities and towns.
|State Government Directory |
State of Vermont online directory of agencies, departments, employees, conference rooms, toll-free numbers, TTY/TDD numbers, Representatives, Senators, and Legislative figures.
|Unclaimed Property |
Search the Vermont Office of the State Treasury for unclaimed property by last name or by town.
|Uniform Commercial Code |
Search the Vermont Secretary of State, Corporations Division UCC debtor database by name or file number. Document copies are available online for free in TIFF format.
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|Crash Reports |
Vermont Crash reports. Searches are free and the search parameters are broad, but you do have to pay for your report.
|Drinking Water & Groundwater |
Vermont Drinking Water & Groundwater Protection Division databases, including drinking water systems, wastewater permits and reports, well completion reports, well locator map, water quality testing reports, and more.
|Driver Records Information|
Information from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles on how to obtain Driver Records.
|Employee Directory |
Vermont State Employee email & phone register, searchable by name and city.
|Find People |
Find people, addresses, and phone numbers in Vermont.
|Jobs & Employees |
Job seekers may register with the state workforce system to search for available jobs. Employers may use the service to search submitted resumes to fill job openings.
Click on "Bill Research" to search the Vermont Legislative Bill Tracking system for current and past legislation by sponsor or keyword. Also available are texts of Bills, roll call votes, committee research, and legislative reports.
Search the Vermont Legislative Directory for State Senators, members of the House of Representatives, biographies, email addresses, and committees.
|Licenses | Business, Professional, Medical |
Use the menu in the left-hand column or click here to use directory of searchable Vermont medical, professional, and business licenses. Find accountants, attorneys, physicians, insurance companies, and tattoo artists.
Vermont Secretary of State records of registered lobbyists searchable by name.
|Lobbyists | Employers |
Vermont Secretary of State database of Lobbyist employers, searchable by employer name.
|Lobbyists | Reported Gifts |
Vermont Secretary of State database of legislators and administrative officials who have received reported gifts from lobbyists.
|Maps (GIS) |
Browse the Vermont GIS (Geographical Information System) to view a variety of geographic and social maps.
|Payment Reports | Towns |
Use this Vermont Department of Finance and Management service to search for Town, Clerk, and School District reports of local invoices, payments, and amounts.
|Police Reports Pay Site|
Order a Vermont Department of Public Safety police report or public record online. Results are mailed.
|Registered Sex Offenders |
Search the State of Vermont Department of Public Safety Crime Information Center service for Vermont registered sex offenders.
|School Data |
Use this database of Vermont schools data to view comprehensive reports for each school district.
Browse this Vermont Legislature site for Vermont statutes by title and chapter number.
|Tax Refunds & Filing Status |
Department of Taxes database for finding the status of tax filings and tax refunds. Search by refund type, SSN, and zip code.
|Tenant Screening in Vermont Pay Site|
Search Vermont or Nationwide eviction records by tenant name (individual or business) for just $5 per search. Narrow results by city for common name searches.