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Georgia Public RecordsGeorgia, famous for its peaches and Scarlet O’Hara, has a colorful history and plenty of records available to the public. Although Georgia makes many of its records open to anyone, birth and death records are restricted due to privacy laws. Georgia birth records and death records can be requested from the Department of Public Health, as well as limited marriage records. Georgia marriage records are not restricted and can reliably be requested from the local Probate Court that issued the record. Georgia divorce records are also considered Georgia public records and can be requested from the local Clerk of the Superior Court. Georgia criminal records are available to the public and may be searched online through the Georgia Technology Authority in partnership with state law enforcement. Historic Georgia public records are available at the Georgia Archives, including military records, death, cemetery and court records.

  • Georgia birth records, death and marriage records can be ordered from the Department of Public Health in person or by mail. Birth and death records are restricted. Marriage records exist here only from 1952 to the present.
  • The Probate Court that issued the marriage license can also fulfill requests for Georgia marriage records for any year.
  • Georgia court records and divorce records are available through the local Clerk of Superior Court that handled the case. Certain courts offer online access, but it depends on the county.
  • Georgia criminal records may be requested by anyone online through the Georgia Technology Authority’s felon search tool for a fee.
  • Historic Georgia military records, death, court and cemetery records may be searched at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, a suburb of Atlanta.
  • About Georgia Public Records

    Georgia restricts access to birth and death records to protect privacy and prevent identity theft. Only authorized individuals may request copies, which includes the person of record, an immediate family member or a legal representative. However, Georgia public records that aren’t restricted include Georgia marriage records and divorce records. Although the Department of Public Health maintains records of marriages after 1952, it is often easier to request copies from the local Probate Court that recorded the marriage. This is also a good place to view historic marriage records, which aren’t recorded by the state.

    Georgia divorce records are maintained by the Clerk of the Superior Court that handled the case and are not maintained in a state repository like other vital records. These Georgia public records are readily available. Certain Clerks of the Superior Court offer online access to divorce records, but methods for requesting copies depends on the specific court.

    Searching Georgia Public Records Online Free

    Georgia does not offer a central court case database, although the Georgia state courts are described on their main website. Also, links are provided for the individual local courts, as well as descriptions of the types of cases handled to make your search easier. Accessing Georgia public records online free is limited to the Superior Courts that offer online court case access. Fulton County, for example, offers an online search tool that enables anyone to look up civil, criminal and divorce cases.

    Most older court records need to be requested in person or over the phone from the specific court that heard the case, as these haven’t been placed into the online databases. However, any court with online access includes most recent cases. Other public records online in Georgia include the felon search database, although this is a fee-based service to learn whether someone has a criminal record in Georgia.

    Performing a Public Records Search in Georgia

    The Georgia State Archives offers public access to its vast collection of historic records pertaining to state history. It’s located in the Atlanta suburb of Morrow. The research room is only open to the public on certain days, so phoning ahead is recommended. Included in the State Archives are Georgia military records, cemetery records and death records. Military records include Civil War records, Spanish American War and Revolutionary War, just to name a few. Georgia death records and some marriage records are included in the records collections open to the public.

    The State Archives offers an online search of the Virtual Vault, which allows you to plan your visit by learning which records held there are of most interest. There is no fee to research, just to make copies.



     
    State of Georgia Resources & Statistics
    Separator Line

    Population:
    9,744,685

     
    Under 18:
    2,609,531

     
    Over 65:
    942,832

     
    Employed:
    5,295,381

     
    Land in Square Miles:
    57,906.14

     
    Acres of Farms:
    10,239,744

     
    Births:
    142,200

     
    Deaths:
    66,736

     
    Infant Deaths:
    943

     
     
    Murder:
    636

     
    Forcible Rape:
    2,196

     
    Robbery:
    17,357

     
    Assault:
    26,196

     
    Total Violent Crime:
    46,384

     
    Burglary:
    100,629

     
    Larceny \ Theft:
    248,628

     
    Motor Vehicle Theft:
    39,628

     
    Total Property Crime:
    388,935

     
    Georgia Public Records Locations
    Department of Transportation
    GDOT Crash Reporting Unit
    935 East Confederate Ave, Shackleford Bldg #24
    Atlanta, GA 30316
    Phone:
    404-635-8109

    Fax:
    404-635-8175










    Attorney General's Office
    40 Capitol Square SW
    Atlanta, GA 30334-1300
     
    404-656-4585

    Fax:
    404-651-9325










     
    Department of Human Resources
    Vital Records Unit
    2600 Skyland Dr NE
    Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
    Fax:
    404-679-4730










    Sec of State - Corporation Division
    Record Searches
    315 W Tower, #2 ML King Drive
    Atlanta, GA 30334-1530
    Phone:
    404-656-2817










     
    Georgia Bureau of Investigation
    Attn: GCIC
    PO Box 370748
    Decatur, GA 30037-0748
    Phone:
    404-244-2639

    Fax:
    404-270-8529










    Department of Human Resources
    Vital Records Unit
    2600 Skyland Dr NE
    Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
    Phone:
    404-679-4702

    Fax:
    404-679-4730










     
    Department of Human Resources
    Vital Records Unit
    2600 Skyland Dr NE
    Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
    Phone:
    404-679-4702

    Fax:
    404-679-4730










    Department of Driver Services
    Driver's Services Section
    MVR Unit, PO Box 80447
    Conyers, GA 30013
    Phone:
    678-413-8400










     
    GED Testing Service
    1800 Century Pl #300B
    Atlanta, GA 30345
    Phone:
    404-679-1645

    Fax:
    406-679-4911










    Governor's Office
    203 State Capitol
    Atlanta, GA 30334
    Phone:
    404-656-1776

    Fax:
    404-657-7332










     
    Georgia Department of Corrections
    Inmate Records Office - 6th Fl, East Tower
    2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, S.E.
    Atlanta, GA 30334-4900
    Phone:
    404-656-4661

    Fax:
    404-463-6232










    General Assembly of Georgia
    State Capitol
    Atlanta, GA 30334
    Fax:
    404-656-5043










     
    Department of Human Resources
    Vital Records Unit
    2600 Skyland Dr NE
    Atlanta, GA 30319-3640
    Phone:
    404-679-4702

    Fax:
    404-679-4730










    Georgia Bureau of Investigations
    GCIC - Sexual Offender Registry
    PO Box 370808
    Decatur, GA 30037
    Fax:
    404-270-8452










     
    Secretary of State
    Archives & History Department
    5800 Jonesboro Rd.
    Atlanta, GA 30260
    Fax:
    678-364-3856










    Administrative Office of the Courts
    244 Washington St SW, #300
    Atlanta, GA 30334-5900
    Phone:
    404-656-5171

    Fax:
    404-651-6449










     
    Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority
    1875 Century Blvd, #100
    Atlanta, GA 30345
    Phone:
    404-327-9058

    Fax:
    404-327-7877










    Department of Revenue
    Motor Vehicle Division
    PO Box 740381
    Atlanta, GA 30374-0381
    Phone:
    404-362-6500

    Fax:
    404-362-2729










     
    Secretary of State - Elections Division
    1104 West Tower
    2 Martin Luther King Dr SE
    Atlanta, GA 30334-1530
    Phone:
    404-656-2871

     
    888-265-1115

    Fax:
    404-651-9531










    State Board of Workers Compensation
    270 Peachtree St, NW
    Atlanta, GA 30303-1299
    Phone:
    404-656-3818

     
    800-533-0682