A person who wishes to purchase property would be well advised to make sure that the person who is representing himself as the owner of the property in question is exactly who he says he is, thus, the would-be buyer may have to first ascertain that the property is indeed for sale and that the owner is the person representing himself to be as such. Fortunately, this is an easy endeavor with the help of public records, as property records are one of the many forms and types of documents that one could find at the collection known as the Santa Cruz County Public Records. The same is true for a person who wishes to search out for truth, as arrest records and court records are also part of that collection.
Now, note that only copies of records are available to the public, or at least, only copies could be taken out by the public from the archives where they are kept. This is more for purposes of preserving the copies for the future more than security, though security is a factor. There are two types of copies of public records, informational copies and authorized copies. Note that informational copies and authorized copies contain the same information, but informational copies could not establish identity and authorized copies are limited only to a few people indentified in an exclusive list. This limitation, however, is only for vital records. For non-vital records, there are no classifications for their copies.
A vital record may be obtained either through the county level or at the state level. County level searches are done from the office of the clerk-recorder while state level searches are conducted by the California Department of Public Health. The procedure is substantially the same as the first step would be to download the form and fill it up. At the state level, however, there are two types of forms, each representing either a request for an informational or for an authorized copy. At the county level, there is just one form, though for authorized copy request, the form would first have to be notarized before it could be sent for processing. Once done, the searcher would have to determine the required fee and make a money order for the same. At the state level, fees range from twenty five to fourteen dollars, while at the county level, fees range from twenty eight to fifteen dollars.
Another important source of public records would be online databases, though none are connected with the government as state law limits the amount of information that could be posted online. Most of these online databases are easy to locate and use, and most of them provide their information for free. In addition, they are faster and more efficient with their searches and because they do not require the user to fall in line or to even leave their homes, one could argue that they are a far better option.
Santa Cruz County Public Court Records
The procedure to request for copies of non-vital records is as follows
Santa Cruz County Public Court Records Free Access
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