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Indiana Public Records
Many of Indiana's public records are available for search and/or viewing online. Those that are not are usually available by mail or in person. The state's public records system is spread over several different government departments.
A good librarian can help you find public records in Indiana quickly. They are accustomed to patrons looking for information and public records are no exception. This familiarity with public information is why it is a good idea to visit a library if you are having trouble finding out where to access certain records.
Birth and death certificates in Indiana are administered by the Indiana State Department of Health. It is possible to order certificates online, by mail, or in person.
Online - To order certificates online, visit the Vital Records Online Ordering System. You will be required to upload some supporting documentation and pay by credit card. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
By Mail - To order by mail, download the appropriate form from the middle of the page. Include a check or money order for the fee ($8.00 for the first certificate and $4.00 for each additional) and a copy of a photo ID. Send it to:
Indiana State Department of Health
P.O. Box 7125
Indianapolis, IN 46206-7125
In Person - Certificates can be ordered in person, from any local Vital Records Office. Fees vary. For a list of Vital Records Office locations, click here.
Limited criminal history records are available from the Indiana State Police. They maintain a searchable online database containing information about Indiana felony and class A misdemeanor arrests.
To request a limited criminal history by mail, print or download the form and send it to:
Indiana State Police
Criminal History Limited Check
P.O. Box 6188
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6188
For more information call the Indiana State Police at (317) 233-5424.
Many of Indiana's public court records are searchable online via a database maintained by the Indiana State Court Administration. Search results typically include basic, general information, such as party data and case disposition.
Cases from Indiana's Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, or Tax Court can all be researched at this website.
The Indiana Department of Administration oversees the State Land Office, which serves as a repository of deeds and plats of land currently or previously owned by the State of Indiana. State land records can be searched via an interactive map.
For privately-owned land, including tax records and property valuations, the Department of Local Government Finance has a search page that provides quick access to this information.
Corporate and limited liability company records are maintained by the Indiana Secretary of State, whose office maintains a searchable database online. Business entity records typically include such information as the name and file number of the business, the names of any officers or agents, and the date of formation. This website is where you can search for business licenses and registrations.
To search Indiana trademarks or trade names, start here.
For more information, contact the Secretary of State's Office at (317) 232-6581.
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has a pretty helpful website for accessing driver records. Users must first sign up for an account, but it is simple to do so. Once logged-in, Indiana residents can view their unofficial driver records online, for free, or order an official driver record, which will arrive by mail sometime later. For more information, visit the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Driver Record page.