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The Public Record Retriever Network

Welcome to the home page of PRRN—the Public Record Retrieval Network. PRRN is one of the largest U.S. trade organizations representing professionals in the public record industry.

With more than 500 members in 45+ states who retrieve documents from local government agencies in over 2,000 counties nationwide, PRRN Members are recognized as the nation's leaders in local public record searching and document retrieval.

What Do PRRN Members Do?

Simply put, PRRN Members are professionals who visit government agencies on-site—such as local, federal, and state courts or recorder's offices—to do name searches and/or obtain copies of file documents. Retrievers are often hired in conjunction with the pre-employment screening, investigations, lending, litigation, or for legal compliance (e.g., incorporations).

As recognized leaders in local public record searching and document retrieval, PRRN Members agree to follow standards of professional conduct for local searching and document retrieval procedures and to follow the highest standards of ethics and conduct in all their dealings with other members and with clients. Click on the What is PRRN tab above for more information.

For Information about joining PRRN - click here

How Do I Find a PRRN Member?

The link below leads you to the Search Page. From here you can locate a PRRN Member by state and county/parish and by the type of public record you need. You can also search by the company name.


Jurisdiction Alert

October 07, 2014 - Important Changes in Maine

The Maine Judicial Branch is in the process of implementing new procedures for Civil and Criminal record requests. Walk-in requests for these searches at the individual courts will no longer be available. The process for all courts/counties is moving to the Judicial Branch Service Center in Lewiston, Maine. The York County Superior Court and the Springvale District Court are now participating in the program. On October 15, 2014, pilot program will add the Biddeford District Court, York District Court, Penobscot County Superior Court, Bangor District Court, Lincoln District Court, Millinocket District Court, Newport District Court, Piscataquis County Superior Court, and the Dover-Foxcroft District Court. All courts will be incrementally brought into the program by the end of this year.

July 16, 2014 - Alameda (CA) Superior Court

The court recently decided it will no longer disclose records of dismissed criminal cases per Labor Code Section 432.7. However, the court also extended this policy to include non-employment investigative due diligence research (which is not specifically mention as part of 432.7). This means that for example private investigators performing litigation work for attorneys are now blocked from obtaining these documents.

July 10, 2014 - San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz (CA) Superior Court Fee Issues

In San Luis Obispo affective Monday July 7, 2014. all searches are charged $15 per every 10 minutes of the clerk's time. The fee is based on the time needed to complete each submitted "list" - and not on a per name basis. Thus if 30 names are on a list and it take 40 minutes to complete - the fee is $60.00. If any list takes less than less than 10 minutes to research, then no fee is charged. All criminal record searches at these two courts must be performed by court personal. Note the San Luis Obispo Superior Court does have a public access terminal, but the court will only allow attorneys and the news media access to the terminal. The rest of the public is blocked.

The same policy has been in existence in Santa Cruz for some time.

Many court researchers and record users feel this policy is in onflict with the existing state law. Per California Government Code -GC 70627(c):

June 01, 2014 - Maine Court Fees

Maine has made changes to the fee structure for court record searching. Effective June 1, fee is now $20.00 per name (per alias as well) and the first search is no longer free. Prior to June 1, the fee was $15.00 and first search free. All courts include a search of both the civil and criminal docket for the fee.

The changes are a result of a recent Administrative Order (JB-05-26) issued by the State Judiciary.

(A public Thank You to Nils Nelson of Main Public Record Services for relaying this information to us.)