Vital Records Explained: Are Autopsies Public Records?

In the US, it depends on state law. For instance, in Alabama, under state statutes, autopsies are public records, in Arkansas, however, autopsy reports are not medical records, meaning they are public records.  See autopsy laws by state in the table below.  Quick take: are autopsies public records? State law determines who has the authority … Read more

Vital Records Explained: Is ‘Cause of Death’ public record?

Vital records explained? Are death certificates public record? It depends on state law (See the table below). For example, in Alaska, death certificates become public records 50 years after the date of death. Also, death certificates are exempt from FOIA (Freedom of Information Act).  The question is; how do you find out the cause of … Read more

Vital Records Explained: Are birth certificates public records?

According to the United States Census Bureau, birth certificates are public records. But the federal government does not keep files or indexes of birth certificates. Instead, it is up to the states to issue and index birth certificates. Therefore, State law determines who has the authority to access birth certificates. Tip: You may view birth … Read more

Are 911 Calls Public Records?

911 calls are public records. But state law determines the information Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) may share with the public. Consequently, if you want to see the name, number, address, or personal information of the person who made a 911 call, you may need a court order. Quick take: are 911 calls public records? … Read more

How to Check if Your Record Has Been Expunged

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The quickest and easiest way to find out if your record has been expunged is to visit the court where your case was held and ask to see the records. You know that your record is clean if the court does not have your records or if it approves your request. The question is, who … Read more