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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

July 24, 2015 - Washington Increases Civil Case Limit Ceiling for District Courts

The WA District Courts have concurrent jurisdiction with Superior Courts over misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor violations, and civil cases limited under a set figure. Effective July 24, 2015, this civil limit was increased from $75,000 to $100,000.

July 17, 2015 - Alert - Alaska Court Records

Per Alaska Supreme Court Order No. 1861, effective August 1st, a number of record searching and filing court fees are dramatically increasing in Alaska for the Superior and District courts. For example, a court record search requested in writing, will be $30.00 an hour, up from $15.00 an hour. The cost for a photo copy, including if from microfilm, is changing from $.25 per page to $5.00 for a single document or portion thereof. Certification increases from $5.00 to $10.00 per document. Both old and new fees may be viewed at http://courts.alaska.gov/sco/sco1861leg.pdf.

July 01, 2015 - Shannon County, SD Changes Name to Oglala Lakota

On July 1, 2015, Shannon County, South Dakota changed its name to Oglala Lakota.

May 29, 2015 - Mitchell County District Court, Iowa

The U.S.P.S. will no longer deliver mail to 508 State Street and the court is in a temporary location until August. At that time the court will move into a new facility at 212 South Fifth Street. Until then, send all mail to PO Box 209, Osage IA 50461. If questions, call 641-732-3726.

May 28, 2015 - Niagara Falls City Court, Niagara County, New York

Effective June 12, 2015, the primary phone number will change from 716-278-9800 to 716-371-4100. Callers will be prompted to choose different Departments. The fax numbers of 716-278-9809 for criminal and 716-278-9869 for civil remain the same.

March 17, 2015 - Maine Opens Two Courts to Onsite Research and Gives Special Consideration to PIs for Court Research Requests

Item 1) In Cumberland County, the Superior Court, and the Portland District Court are once again conducting Walk-in Civil & Criminal search requests. This change applies to all court divisions in these two courts. These are the only two courts in the state to be exempt from the Research Center at this time......Item 2) Per a letter sent by the Judiciary to all the court clerks, private investigators may receive immediate walk-in service at all individual Maine courts, instead of mailing requests to the Service Center in Lewiston. The Investigator must provide a copy of his/her current license to the court staff and is then limited to search four (4) names per visit per day. Same fees apply.