Sunday, July 1, 2007

Public Records

Public records refers to information that has been filed or recorded by public agencies, such as corporate and property records. Public records are created by the federal and local government, (vital records, immigration records, real estate records, driving records, criminal records, etc.) or by the individual (magazine subscriptions, voter registration, etc.). Most essential public records are maintained by the government and many are accessible to the public either free-of-charge or for an administrative fee. Availability is determined by federal, state, and local regulations.

Here are some links to get you started:
From the Edgar Database you can retrieve SEC filings (including 10K's, 10Q's, Annual Reports and Prospectuses) for approximately 3,500 U.S. public corporations.
This Search Engine is dedicated to locating World-wide Public Records.
The first and continues to be the largest collection of free public records on the internet. (formerly pac-info)
The SEC requires all public companies to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through Edgar. Anyone can access and download this information for free.
Search over 650 state, county, city and federal (court) URL's where you can access public record information free.n

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