The Importance of Public Records
and Data

Public records — how can I use them?

The phrase “public record” is a very broad term. Typically, public record might refer to any data a person may see when he or she is looking at an official report of information that is available to the general public for viewing. Examples of these sorts of public records can even include looking up a phone number of people whose phone numbers are listed in public phone records, or even doing an open-records request on your own.

Typically, public records are assembled from sources such as government records. However, not all government records are made available for public viewing. There are often additional regulations concerning the sort of data the government is able to release to the public, along with how the government must store and distribute data. The government may even keep additional public records on individuals, businesses, and other government entities. But in the majority of cases in the U.S., the term “public record” will generally refer to a single person’s public records. It is the United States Freedom of Information Act, also called the FOIA, which regularly oversees the release of these government agency public records. In the brief time the FOIA has existed, it has helped to make government records available to the public at large. Below are just few of the public records that are often viewed:

  • Birth Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Criminal Records
  • Death Records
  • Divorce Records

Getting Started Using the Reverse Phone Lookup

Have you ever gotten a phone call from a phone number you didn’t recognize? Or maybe you want to see what information is publically available for your phone numbers? A way for you to do these things is by using the reverse phone lookup. Doing a reverse phone lookup may even let you find out more about people you interact with every day.

  • Owner Name

  • Address

  • Email

Can Just Anyone Do a Reverse Phone Lookup?

We’ve all stumbled across free phone number sites online. But many of these sites will not work for everyone. As an example, a lot of these sites only include information on landline phone numbers. This is because cellular networks more often than not control all of the access to their own phone numbers, and they usually choose to only provide access to their numbers for pay.

That’s why so many free telephone number lookup websites can’t afford to pay for access to cell number lookups – they are giving away information at zero cost. These free sites typically can’t even give half of all the data that is available.

Another thing these free websites almost never perform is a criminal background check. Of course, once you locate someone’s data using the reverse phone lookup, you may also choose to learn more information about that person or company. In that particular case, you may still be able to uncover public records, or even greatly expand your search across the web with just a single click.

But will this information ever help me?

It very well might. Remember, you can:

  • Look up who these "mystery" numbers are without having to call them yourself
  • Avoid and even stop harassing calls by identifying the owners
  • Avoid calls from telemarketers
  • Avoid specific people