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Arizona Public RecordsArizona is considered a closed records state, but this does not mean that all records are difficult to view. It does mean that Arizona death records and birth records are restricted. These Arizona public records can requested by authorized recipients from the Arizona Department of Health Services or locally from one of their branches. Arizona marriage records and divorce records are not restricted and may be requested from the Clerk of Superior Court in the county where the event took place. Arizona court records are also maintained by the individual Clerks of Superior Court. The Arizona Judicial Branch offers online access to most state court records. The Arizona Department of Public Safety allows individuals to request their own criminal histories, but not that of a third party. To research Arizona military records, cemetery and vital records and obituaries, visit one of the four branches of the State Library and Archives.

  • The Department of Health Services satisfies requests for Arizona birth and death records. These Arizona public records may be requested in person at the main location or in a local health department branch, by mail or online through VitalChek.
  • The Department of Health Services offers an online search of genealogical birth and death records that are no longer restricted.
  • Request Arizona marriage records, divorce and court records from the Clerk of Superior Court where the event occurred. Online access is available in most counties or through the Arizona Judicial Branch.
  • Review your own Arizona criminal records through the Department of Public Safety. Fingerprints are required to establish positive identity. Requests are accepted by mail.
  • Historic Arizona cemetery records, military and vital records plus some obituaries are available to the public through the State Library and Archives.
  • About Arizona Public Records

    Arizona is cited as being a closed records state because it restricts access to birth, death and criminal records. However, after 75 years, Arizona birth records become public, and death records are released after 50 years. Otherwise, these Arizona public records are only released to the person of record, immediate family or someone with a legal right to view. Arizona criminal records are also restricted and can only be viewed by law enforcement, criminal justice agencies, authorized employers and the person of record. Criminal Arizona court records, however, don’t have the same restrictions, and they are mostly public records.

    The Department of Health Services now offers an online public records search tool that allows genealogists or individuals to perform name searches of birth and death records, narrowed by county if desired, for the years 1855 through 1936. Any results include a scanned version of the birth or death record that can be saved and printed from a home computer. This free service is a convenient tool for those just beginning their family history quest.

    Obtaining Online Public Records in Arizona

    In addition to viewing historic vital records online, the Arizona Judicial Branch offers an online court records access tool to the public at no cost. You can perform a name search or case number search.  The results give an overview of case details and illustrate what court holds the physical case file. These Arizona online public records are free to the public to search. However, to obtain copies of Arizona marriage records and divorce records, you must visit the Clerk of Superior Court where the event took place. Most Clerks of Superior Courts accept telephone or mailed requests for copies, as well as in-person requests.

    Although criminal records are protected in Arizona, Arizona court records, unless sealed by a judge, are not. Through the Arizona Judicial Branch online case look-up tool, Arizona criminal court records can be researched here. Whereas obtaining copies might mean contacting multiple courts, an Arizona public records search online will still yield enough information that a complete record might not be necessary.

    Historic Public Records Search in Arizona

    The Arizona State Library and Archives has four branches located in various cities across Arizona. This helps make a trip to the library more convenient if one location is closer than another. Housed here are Arizona military records, cemetery and vital records, along with some obituaries that are open to the public. A historic public records search in Arizona can yield important clues to laying out family history. There is a charge for making copies here but no admittance fee.



     
    State of Arizona Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    6,180,500

     
    Under 18:
    1,866,669

     
    Over 65:
    820,391

     
    Employed:
    3,201,366

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    113,634.57

     
    Acres of Farms:
    26,577,586

     
    Births:
    96,199

     
    Deaths:
    45,827

     
    Infant Deaths:
    653

     
     
    Murder:
    407

     
    Forcible Rape:
    1,673

     
    Robbery:
    9,697

     
    Assault:
    17,282

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    29,059

     
    Burglary:
    56,481

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    185,221

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    37,218

     
    Total Property Crime:
    278,920

     
    Arizona Public Records Locations
    Department of Public Safety
    Accident Reports
    PO Box 6638, Mail Drop 1110
    Phoenix, AZ 85005
    Phone:
    602-223-2230










    Attorney General's Office
    1275 W Washington
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Fax:
    602-542-4085










     
    Department of Health Services
    Vital Records Section
    PO Box 3887
    Phoenix, AZ 85030
    Fax:
    602-364-1257










    Corporation Commission
    Corporation Records
    1300 W Washington, Room 101
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Fax:
    602-542-3414

    Records:
    602-542-3026










     
    Department of Public Safety
    Applicant Team One
    PO Box 18430//Mail Code 2250
    Phoenix, AZ 85005-8430
    Phone:
    602-223-2223

    Fax:
    602-223-2972










    Department of Health Services
    Vital Records Section
    PO Box 3887
    Phoenix, AZ 85030
    Fax:
    602-364-1257










     
    Motor Vehicle Division
    Correspondence Unit
    PO Box 2100, Mail Drop 539M
    Phoenix, AZ 85001-2100
    Phone:
    602-712-8420










    Department of Education
    GED Testing
    1535 W Jefferson
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Phone:
    602-258-2410

    Fax:
    602-258-4977










     
    Governor's Office
    1700 W Washington
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Phone:
    602-542-4331

    Fax:
    602-542-1381










    Game & Fish Department
    Information & Licensing Division
    5000 W Carefree Highway
    Phoenix, AZ 85086
    Phone:
    602-942-3000

    Fax:
    602-789-3924










     
    Arizona Department of Corrections
    Records Department
    1601 W. Jefferson St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Phone:
    602-542-5586

    Fax:
    602-542-3965










    Arizona Legislature
    State Senate - Room 203
    1700 W Washington
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Fax:
    602-542-4099










     
    Department of Public Safety
    Sex Offender Compliance
    PO Box 6638//Mail Code 9999
    Phoenix, AZ 85005-6638
    Phone:
    602-255-0611

    Fax:
    602-223-2949










    AZ State Library, Archives & Public Records
    1700 W Washington, Room 342
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Fax:
    602-542-4402










     
    Administrative Offices of the Courts
    Arizona Supreme Court Bldg
    1501 W Washington
    Phoenix, AZ 85007-3231
    Phone:
    602-452-3300










    UCC Division
    Secretary of State
    1700 W Washington, 7th Floor
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Phone:
    602-542-6187

    Fax:
    602-542-7386










     
    Motor Vehicle Division - Director's Office
    Record Services Section
    PO Box 2100, Mail Drop 504M
    Phoenix, AZ 85001-2100
    Phone:
    602-255-0072










    Industrial Commission of Arizona
    Claims Division
    800 West Washington Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    Phone:
    602-542-6731

    Fax:
    602-364-0250