Accessing Arizona Public Records

Public Records Requests should be made directly to the agency where the records reside. Title 39 of the Arizona Revised Statutes covers public records requests, and requires that public records and other matters in the custody of any officer shall be open to inspection by any person at all times during business hours.

For questions or concerns regarding public records requests, contact the Arizona Ombudsman Citizen’s Aide.

Personal Records

Personal records are covered by statute.  Many personal records are under restricted access.  Birth certificates are closed for 75 years, death certificates are closed for 50 years.  Adoption records, probate records involving juveniles, school student records and Arizona State Hospital records of patients are closed.

Court Records

County Superior Court records that are 50 years and older are required under statute to be transferred to the State Archives.  With the exception of some records involving adoptions or juveniles, these court records are open to the public.

Business Records

The state archives does not have an extensive collection of business records.  The state archives has some Arizona Corporation Commission records and some records from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office that include business filings.

Personal Records

TYPE OF RECORD AGENCY
Adoptions

Arizona adoption records are sealed in Arizona for 99 years, but a Confidential Intermediary may be able to help you. The Arizona Supreme Court administers the Confidential Intermediary program.
http://www.azcourts.gov/cld/ConfidentialIntermediaryProgram.aspx

For adoptions over 99 years old, check with the Arizona State Archives or the county Superior Court in which the adoption occurred.

Background Checks

Contact your local police department. See the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for a local government directory.
http://www.leagueaz.org/lgd/

Births that occurred 75 years ago or prior

Department of Health Services
http://genealogy.az.gov/

Arizona State Archives
602-926-3720
http://www.azlibrary.gov/arm/research-archives/genealogy-and-family-history

Births that occurred less than 75 years ago

Department of Health Services, Vital Records
602-364-1300
http://www.azdhs.gov/vital-records/

Deaths that occurred 50 years ago or prior

Department of Health Services
http://genealogy.az.gov/

Arizona State Archives
602-926-3720
http://www.azlibrary.gov/arm/research-archives/genealogy-and-family-history

Deaths that occurred less than 50 years ago

Department of Health Services, Vital Records
602-364-1300
http://www.azdhs.gov/vital-records/

Divorce Decrees

These records are held at the county Superior Court where they are filed.
See links to Arizona County General Information below.

Older divorce decrees (prior to 1950) may be held by the Arizona State Archives or the county Superior Court in which the divorce occurred.

Drivers Licenses

Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division
602-255-0072
http://www.azdot.gov/mvd/

Genealogy Resources

State Library of Arizona
602-926-3938

Arizona State Archives
602-926-3720
http://www.azlibrary.gov/arm/research-archives/genealogy-and-family-history

Marriage Certificates

These records are held at the county Superior Court where they are filed.

Marriage certificates prior to 1950 may be held at the county Superior Court or at the Arizona State Archives.

Motor Vehicle Registration

Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division
602-255-0072
http://www.azdot.gov/mvd/

For car title information, use the Motor Vehicle Record Request Form http://www.azdot.gov/docs/default-source/mvd-forms-pubs/46-4416.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Naturalizations prior to 1906

Naturalization may be done through either the Federal or State Courts.

For Federal Court naturalizations:
National Archives and Records Administration
http://www.archives.gov/research/naturalization/

For County Superior Court naturalizations:
Arizona State Archives
602-926-3720
http://www.azlibrary.gov/arm/research-archives/genealogy-and-family-history

For County Superior Court naturalizations:
http://www.azcourts.gov/AZCourts/SuperiorCourt.aspx

Naturalizations from September 27, 1906, for genealogy

Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
http://www.uscis.gov/

For Arizona State Court naturalizations:
Arizona State Archives
602-926-3720
http://www.azlibrary.gov/arm/research-archives/genealogy-and-family-history

For county Superior Court naturalizations:
Arizona State Archives
http://www.azcourts.gov/AZCourts/SuperiorCourt.aspx

Police Records

Police records reside in the city or town where the offense occurred. See the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for a local government directory.
http://www.leagueaz.org/lgd/

Probate Records

Probate cases are held by the county Superior Court in which they were filed.
http://www.azcourts.gov/AZCourts/SuperiorCourt.aspx

Cases prior to 1950 may be held by the county Superior Court or at the Arizona State Archives.

School Records

Public School Records:
Department of Education
602-542-3710
http://www.azed.gov/

Charter School Records:
AZ State Board for Charter Schools
602-364-3080
http://www.asbcs.az.gov/

Select closed charter schools are housed at the Arizona State Archives
602-926-3720
http://www.azlibrary.gov/arm/

Private Schools:
Contact the school or company/entity affiliated with the school, or search the National Association of Private Schools.
http://napsaccreditation.com/member_schools.htm

Student Records held at the Arizona State Archives:
St. David's School (1925-1983)
Coolidge (1935-1944)
Nogales Unified School District (circa 1920's-1980's)

School Locator links

District Schools
http://www.ade.az.gov/edd/

Charter Schools
http://www.ade.az.gov/charterschools/search/

Private Schools
http://www.azed.gov/private-schools/

Sex Offender searchable list

Department of Public Safety
http://az.gov/app/sows/home.xhtml

Court Records

TYPE OF RECORD AGENCY
Court of Appeals, Division I 1501 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-542-4821
http://azcourts.gov/coa1/

Also, for cases between 1984 to 2005 contact the Arizona State Archives
602-926-3720
http://www.azlibrary.gov/arm/
 

Court of Appeals, Division II 400 West Congress, Tucson, Arizona 85701
520-628-6954
http://www.appeals2.az.gov/

Also, for cases between 1989 to 2009 contact the Arizona State Archives
602-926-3720
http://www.azlibrary.gov/arm/
 

Superior Courts The superior court is the state's general jurisdiction court. It is a single entity with a location in each county.
See links to Arizona County General Information below.

Older cases may be held at the Arizona State Archives
602-926-3720
http://www.azlibrary.gov/arm/
 

Supreme Court, all cases Arizona Supreme Court
602-452-3398 (clerk of the court)
http://www.azcourts.gov/azsupremecourt.aspx
 
Territorial Supreme Court cases Arizona State Archives
602-926-3720
http://www.azlibrary.gov/arm/
 

Business Records

TYPE OF RECORD AGENCY
Business licenses Business license, Department of Revenue
http://www.azdor.gov/

Check with cities for additional license's. See the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for a local government directory.
http://www.leagueaz.org/lgd/
 

Contractor licenses Registrar of Contractors
602-542-1525
http://www.azroc.gov/
 
Incorporation Records Arizona Corporation Commission
602-542-3026
http://www.azcc.gov
 
Liens: Vehicle Title Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division
http://www.azdot.gov/mvd/vehicle/titleholding.asp
 
Liens: Uniform Commercial Code Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) liens are filed with the Office of the Secretary of State, and deal primarily with transactions involving personal property, not real property. A search link can be found at:
http://www.azsos.gov/apps/ucc/search/
 
Liens: Property Liens may be filed with the Arizona County Recorder's Office in the county where the property is located.

Liens may also be filed with the Arizona Superior Court in the county in which the lien was filed.
See links to Arizona County General Information below.
 

Real Estate Ownership Records Property is recorded with the County Recorder for County where property is located.
See links to Arizona County General Information below.
 
Trade Names Trade names are filed in several places. For small businesses check with the Commerce Authority first, or with any licensing boards overseeing the trade.
http://www.azcommerce.com/

Arizona Secretary of State Trade Name Search
http://azsos.gov/scripts/TNT_Search_engine.dll
 

Water Rights Records Arizona Department of Water Resources
602-771-8500
http://www.azwater.gov/azdwr/

Arizona State Archives
602-926-3720
Water Holdings in the State Archives
 

Arizona County General Information

COUNTY PHONE WEBSITE
Apache County 928-337-4364 http://www.co.apache.az.us/
Cochise County 520-432-9200 http://cochise.az.gov/
Coconino County 928-774-5011 http://www.coconino.az.gov/
Gila County 928-425-3231 http://www.gilacountyaz.gov/
Graham County   http://www.graham.az.gov/
Greenlee County 928-865-2072 http://www.co.greenlee.az.us/
LaPaz County 928-669-6115 http://www.co.la-paz.az.us/
Maricopa County 602-506-3011 http://www.maricopa.gov/
Mohave County 928-753-9141 http://www.mohavecounty.us/
Navajo County 928-524-4000 http://www.navajocountyaz.gov/
Pima County   http://www.pima.gov/
Pinal County 520-509-3555 http://pinalcountyaz.gov/
Santa Cruz County 520-375-7800 http://www.co.santa-cruz.az.us/
Yavapai County 928-771-3100 http://www.yavapai.us/
Yuma County 928-373-1010 http://www.yumacountyaz.gov/