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Factual Research: Public Records

Vital records

Public Records Requests

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is found in Title 5 of the United States Code, Section 552. FOIA generally provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information except to the extent the records are protected from disclosure by any of nine exemptions contained in the law or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions

http://www.rcfp.org/foialetter/index.php FOIA letter generator

--FLA 119

Free Metasites for Public Records

Although the public records law in each jurisidiction are different, some websites attempt to provide access to all states and all types of public record information available online. 

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