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General Information About Oklahoma Public Records and Laws
In Oklahoma, public records are available through the Oklahoma Open Records Act, Article 3 of Title 51. This law outlines the specifics in regards to the right of the public to have access to key information in relation to the government's records. It outlines what a public records is, how it is maintained and how individuals can access the information. These records are available for many reasons, including identification, verification or simply searches for ancestry.
 
What Are Public Records Here?
 
In Oklahoma, public records are any and all types of documents, including written text, video recordings, auto recordings, photographs and other forms that are held by, created by, given to or otherwise in the possession of a government body. That government body may be the state, local or county level government authority or any of its associated affiliates. These records are generally available to the public but there is some information that remains off limits.
 
Exempted information in the state includes information that could be dangerous to reveal to the public as a whole. This includes sensitive data like the following.
 
·         Any medical records of an individual that would violate federal medical privacy laws
·         Any student records for an individual
·         Information regarding an ongoing investigation by law enforcement
·         Personal information regarding taxation
·         Information regarding the government's actions that would be detrimental to reveal, such as emergency planning and strategies
·         Any information protected or sealed in a court of law.
 
There are other types of information that remain readily available including birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, burial rights and property possession. In addition, it includes all documents related to the actions of the government including meeting minutes, policies and records.
 
Obtaining Public Records
 
In Oklahoma, public records are available to the individual. This information is given upon request. In some cases, a formal, written request is a requirement for gaining access. However, the state's laws do state that individuals must be given access without limitation during business hours, to a level that is considered reasonable.
 
Individuals who wish to access this information can do so in several ways. You can visit the actual office of the department that manages the information. You can also search online through the state, county or local government's website or a third party to gain information. The following are some of the government agencies most sought after for their public records information.
 
·         Governmental records kept regarding businesses are maintained through the Secretary of State, Business Records Department of the Attorney General's Office.
·         Vital statistics are included in the State Department of Health, Vital Records Service.
·         Criminal records are searchable through the OK State Bureau of Investigation, Criminal History Reporting.
·         The state archives are available through the OK Department of Libraries, Archives and Records Management.
·         Court records are available locally or through the Administrative Office of Courts.
 
Oklahoma public records are available to aid individuals. However, there may be an administrative fee to access this information.
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