Public Records

The websites linked below provide online access to a variety of public records. Following those links are Finding Tips to other sources of online public records.
AfriNIC – Internet Registry for Africawww.afrinic.net
 
A.M. Best
(insurance companies)
www.ambest.com/
 
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) – United States and Canadahttps://www.arin.net
 
AnnualReports.comwww.annualreports.com
 
BankruptcyData.comwww.bankruptcydata.com
 
Better Business Bureauwww.bbb.org
 
BRB Publicationswww.brbpub.com/free-public-records/
 
Checkdomain.comwww.checkdomain.com
 
Chex Systemshttps://www.consumerdebit.com/
 
Consumer Product Safety Commission Recallswww.cpsc.gov
 
Delphion Intellectual Property Networkwww.delphion.com
 
EDGARwww.sec.gov/edgar.shtml
 
Enigma
(public data compilation)
enigma.io/
 
Europe's Network of Patent Databaseswww.epo.org/searching/free/espacenet.html
 
FactCheck.orgwww.factcheck.org
 
Federal Reserve E-Payments Routing Directoryhttps://www.frbservices.org/operations/epayments/epayments.html
 
FINRA – Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Rules and Regulationswww.finra.org/Industry/Regulation/index.htm
 
Follow The Moneywww.followthemoney.org
 
FreePatentsOnlinewww.freepatentsonline.com
 
GeoCommunicatorwww.geocommunicator.gov/GeoComm
 
Google Patent Searchwww.google.com/patents
 
GuideStar Reports on Charities and Non-Profitswww.guidestar.org
 
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers)www.icann.org
 
Internet Domain Name and IP Addresseswww.topology.org/comms/nic.html
 
Internic – Domain Name Informationwww.internic.net
 
Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registrywww.lacnic.net/en/
 
myPublicNotices.comwww.mypublicnotices.com
 
National Archiveswww.archives.gov
 
National Association of Unclaimed Property Administratorswww.unclaimed.org
 
Network Solutionswww.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp
 
Newspaper Archives Accessible on the Webwww.ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/archives.html
 
NewspaperArchive.comnewspaperarchive.com
 
Opensecrets.org – Center for Responsive Politicswww.opensecrets.org
 
Patent and Trademark Officewww.uspto.gov
 
Political MoneyLinewww.politicalmoneyline.com
 
PRARS (Public Register's Annual Report Service)www.prars.com
 
RIPE Network Coordination Centre – Internet Registry for Europe, Middle East, Central Asiawww.ripe.net
 
Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System for Motor Carrierswww.safersys.org
 
Securities Class Action Clearinghousesecurities.stanford.edu
 
SEDAR (System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval)
(Canadian securities)
www.sedar.com
 
SourceWatchwww.sourcewatch.org
 
U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Databasewww.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/st1/CoastGuard/VesselByName.html
 
U.S. Copyright Officewww.copyright.gov/records/
 
U.S. Party/Case Indexhttps://www.pacer.gov/findcase.html
 
World Bank Listing of Ineligible Firmsweb.worldbank.org/external/default/main?contentMDK=64069844&menuPK=116730&pagePK=64148989&piPK=64148984&querycontentMDK=64069700&theSitePK=84266
 

FINDING TIPS

State and federal government agencies make many public records and related information available online for free. Following are sources of information about:

Contractors, Architects, Engineers

state licensing and registration agencies

Corporations and Other Business Entities, including LLCs (limited liability companies), LPs (limited partnerships) and LLPs (limited liability partnerships)

state secretaries of state and corporation departments (use state government guide to locate these agencies)

Government Contract Awards and Debarments

state departments of transportation and departments of general services (use state government guide to locate these agencies)

federal agencies

Insurance and Surety Companies

state insurance departments (use state government guide to locate these agencies)

Labor Law Violations

state departments of labor (use state government guide to locate these agencies)

Licensed Professionals and Occupational Licensees

state licensing and registration agencies (use the License Guide for a particular state)

Parties in Federal Court Litigation and Bankruptcy Proceedings

PACER, District Court, Bankruptcy Court and appellate court websites

Parties in State Court Litigation

state court websites

State Trademark Filings

state secretaries of state (use state government guide to locate these agencies)

Tax Liens

state departments of revenue or tax agencies (use state government guide to locate these agencies)

Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Financing Filings

state secretaries of state and corporation departments (use state government guide to locate these agencies)