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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

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.

January 19, 2015 - Maine's New Court Record Search Procedure

The Maine Judicial Branch has fully implemented its new procedure for all civil and criminal name search requests. The Judicial Branch Service Center, in Lewiston, Maine is the central location for all mail and walk-in record search requests for all District and Superior Courts in the State of Maine and the Violations Bureau. All walk-in and mail search requests made at the local individual courts are no longer honored. One must have the case number in order to obtain documents in person. The new system requires that all requests must be submitted on the agency’s Request for Records Search Form. The fee is $20.00 per name per location; however, the fee includes a search of both the criminal and civil docket index if requested. The agency hopes to provide a turnaround time of 1 to 2 days; however, as of early 2015 the turnaround time is as much as 2 weeks. A web page to a detailed explanation of this new system, including a direct link to the required Request Form, is at www.courts.maine.gov/fees_forms/forms/pdf_forms/misc/records.shtml.