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It is easy to see why public records are always in demand. These records are often the best evidence, with some official proceedings actually requiring that only public records be used in their processes. Public records are kept in a collection of documents that make them easier to be located when they are required by the public and in Sierra County, California, this collection is known as the Sierra County Public Records, and the contents of the same are generally available to the public at all times. To understand the importance of public records, one must first realize that, over the past few years, advances in technology had made it easy to make false claims, thus, these records, which are afforded great respect when it comes to their authenticity, come into play.

Security and practicality are two of the main reasons why a person who is going to request for a public record may only be given a copy of the same after he had fulfilled all the requirements of law. Note that there are two types of public records, vital records and non-vital records. Note further that copies of vital records are classified either as informational or authorized copies. Although they contain the same information, informational copies could not establish identity while authorized copies are not to be issued to anyone unless the person making the request is in an exclusive list provided for by law. Note as well that there are two sources of public records, the state level and the county level.

Requests for vital records at the county level are handled by the office of the clerk-recorder, while the California Department of Public Health handles the same at the state level. The procedure is almost the same, and begins with the searcher first downloading the relevant form from the website of either the department or the office. Note, however, that the department has two forms, one for informational copy and the other for authorized copy. County level request only deals with one form, though the same has to be notarized if the searcher is requesting for an authorized copy. Now, the searcher has to determine the required fee and to make a money order to correspond to the same. The fees range from twenty eight dollars to fifteen dollars at the county level, while it ranges from twenty five dollars to fourteen dollars at the state level.

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Requests for non-vital records may only be conducted at the county level. Generally, all offices at the county level have copies of the records, but the office of the clerk-recorder has copies of the same as well, so it is perhaps better to head there when one is searching for public records from a multitude of sources. The procedure to obtain non-vital records at this level starts with the searcher first asking permission to view the archives. Note that permission is almost always given. Once permission had been given, the searcher may do the search himself or he could ask for assistance from one of the staff. Once the record had been located, the searcher may request for a copy of the same, and such a copy would be made after the searcher had paid the required fee of one dollar per page.

The advent of technology had also made it possible for a searcher to search for copies of public records online using online databases. Although they are not affiliated with the government, most of these databases provide the same information as the two offices mentioned above, but they provide them faster and more efficiently, with most actually not charging anything for the information. Easier to locate and use, these databases also have the added advantage of being conducted online, meaning, the user does not have to fall in line or even to leave their homes.

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The procedure given below relates to requesting for vital records at the county level

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