The state of Ohio has implemented the Freedom of Information Act. This law mandates the government of a certain state to allow its local residents to access any of their personal files. With this access to the public records Ohio manages has been opened to its residents.
Documents related to the birth, death, marriage and divorce records are just few of the examples of documents that a resident of Ohio can obtain. Each of these documents is used in separate occasions. Genealogy is one of the common uses of the mentioned documents. The information that can be obtained from it is enough to update the family tree. Another important use of the said document is when dealing with transactions in the government offices. Most transactions in the government would require theses documents to serve as proof of one’s identity or claim. Insurance and financial related matters would call for a copy of such documents before any request will be granted or processed. Another type of document that residents of Ohio can request is the criminal record. This type of document is used on a more serious case such as background check. This is done regularly by employers to make sure that the people working for them have clean records.
All of the public document of Ohio would contain the personal details of the person on the file. This includes the complete name of the individual as well as other details such as birth. The information that can be obtained from the document would depend on the type of file it is. For example, details about one’s death can only be obtained from a copy of a death certificate. The same goes for other documents. Criminal records would show the details of the crimes that the person has committed.
To have a smooth retrieval of any of the public document, one has to know the process in obtaining a certain type of file. The state of Ohio can only release copies of the public document if the one who filed the request is the person himself. Requesting for any document would require one to provide their contact details during the process which will be used only for verification of identity. An authorized request is needed in order to proceed with the retrieval of the records of other individuals.
Family related files are available for request at the office of the Vital Records Section at the Department of Health. The office of the Department of Public Safety is the one responsible for keeping all of the state’s criminal records. If going to the state office is not possible, checking the local county court and clerk office can also help. A processing fee has to be paid in order to proceed with any request. Sending a mail request is also allowed and possible, but this method can take a while before the results of the search can be sent back.
It is now possible to request for a copy of any of the public record online. This helps hasten the search process. A lot of websites are now offering to do the search for you; some would even offer a free public report search.