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Pima Public Records
Pima County was named for the Pima Native American tribe and was founded in 1864. Although Arizona is a closed records state, there are still several types of records readily available to the public. Pima County public records include marriage and divorce records, as well as civil and criminal court records, which are open to the public. These may be accessed through the Clerk of the Superior Court both online and in person.
Although criminal records are restricted, viewing Pima County criminal court records is a good way to circumnavigate this restriction. Pima County birth records and death records must be requested from the Arizona Department of Health Services, although access is restricted. Historic Pima County military records, cemetery records and court and vital records are available through the Arizona State Library in Phoenix.
About Pima County Public Records
Arizona is considered a closed records state, and therefore, it restricts vital records and access to criminal records. However, birth records enter the public domain after 75 years, and death records are available after 50 years, meaning those performing genealogy research will probably have access. Arizona public records available with no restrictions include marriage and divorce records. Public records in Pima County, AZ are widely available online, making initial research much easier.
Free Online Public Records for Pima County
The Clerk of the Superior Court provides free public access to an online database containing civil and criminal court records and marriage records. Anyone may perform a free online public records search for Pima County using name or case number. Any results can be printed from a home computer or viewed in person.
Search Public Records in Pima County
To search additional records in Pima County, the local health department branch offers birth records after 1950 and death records after 2008. Otherwise, birth and death records must be ordered through the state office. Searching public records in Pima County also means a visit the Clerk of Superior Court or a drive to Phoenix to visit the Arizona State Library’s Pima County records collection. These are invaluable for those conducting genealogy research and are well worth the trip.