This fee increase is per passage of Senate Bill 115, viewable at http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/
Per SB 166, effective November 14, 2016, people convicted of certain second and third degree misdemeanors and ungraded offenses with a maximum penalty of two years may obtain an Order of Limited Access from the court to seal the record. The Order prohibits state or local police departments, courts, and other state agencies from providing information related to the conviction, arrest, or other information to anyone including employers and landlords. There are few exceptions. Law enforcement agencies will be able to share information with other law enforcement agencies, with courts, and certain governmental agencies for licensing purposes, described in section 9121(b.1) and 9124(a).
The eligibility requirements include:
Obviously, data aggregators will need to constantly update (redact) their DBs.
Per a press release issued August 10, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has approved Trial Court Rule XIV, Uniform Rules on Public Access to Court Records, which governs access to court records in the trial courts. Rule XIV includes a new provisional approval within the section of the rule that governs remote access by attorneys through the Attorney Portal. See Section 5(b). Also, the Court will revisit this section later this fall.
This provisional reinstatement of remote access by attorneys is the result of concerns and objections to the recent closure of the Attorney Portal which was also used heavily by the news media. Per the new rule, licensed attorneys in Massachusetts who have registered with the Massachusetts Trial Court, will gain access to a portal providing remote access to all cases in which they have entered an appearance, and a calendar of scheduled events in such cases, subject to the terms and conditions per Court Rule XIV. Per the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Press Release:
"The Justices asked the Chief Justice of the Trial Court to address the concerns that were raised and to make a recommendation no later than the end of October 2016 on whether changes should be made in Section 5(b). Meanwhile, consistent with Rule XIV, the Trial Court is expanding the information that can be viewed remotely through the Public Internet Portal to include searchable criminal docket information, beginning with the Superior Court. The Trial Court plans to make criminal docket information in other court departments available on the Internet over the coming months."
Regarding criminal case searches by the general public, per Rule 5(a)(2), regarding criminal case searches by the general public:
"...as a matter of policy, the committee has determined that criminal case searches will be limited to case number. Therefore, search by defendant name shall not be permitted on the internet portal for criminal cases."
With election time looming, there is increased interest in who is supporting who - including donations, PAC money, and data about lobbyists. The text about these recommended private resources is taken from the upcoming 4th edition of The Manual to Online Public Records.
OpenSecrets.org is an extremely useful site. Per their web page "...is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government."
Another recommended site is FollowTheMoney.org which is maintained by the National Institute on Money in State Politics. The Institute provides a searchable database with substantive profiles on candidates and issues, insightful reports and reliable data for all 50 states. This excellent web page also has many, many other database searches available on a subscription basis only.
Also, a great searchable directory of lobbying firms is found at LobbyData.com. Search by name, the agency involved or by issue.
The VoteSmart site tracks many facts about candidates including campaign contributions; however, data may be lacking for local politicians. The site includes voting records and evaluations by special interest groups.
Effective October 1, 2016, the fee for a name-based criminal record check processed through the Missouri State Highway Patrol CJIS Division will increase from $12.00 to $13.00 per record.
The state fee for a fingerprint based check will remain the same, however the FBI fee will decrease to $12.00 per applicant and to $10.75 for volunteers.
Note that if ordering a criminal record request electronically, a processing service fee is added when using a credit or debit card. The fee is based on volume, not on a per transaction basis. For example, if the transaction total is under $50.00 the fee is $1.25, if $50.01 to $75.00 then $1.75 is added, if $75.01 to $100.00 then $2.15 is added. Anything over $100.00 incurs a 2.15% surcharge fee.
Driving Record & Vehicle Record Fee Increase Coming Soon in Michigan
Effective 10-1-2016, the fee to obtain a driving record or a vehicle record (such as title or registration) will increase by $3.00 from $8.00 to $11.00. This fee increase affects both over-the-counter and electronic access methods.
Colorado Driving Record Fee Increased For Manually Processed Records
Effective July 1, 2016, the fee for a driving record obtained in person or by mail increased from $2.60 to $9.00. A certified record increased from $3.20 to $10.00. Note the fee for an accident report also increased to $9.00 and $10.00 if certified.
The fee for electronic driving records did not increase, at least for now, and remains at $2.00 per record. Also the record fee for vehicle title and registration records did not increase and remains at $2.20 per record or $2.70 if certified.
Online or Onsite? Which Fee is Higher?
Here are some interesting statistics comparing the fee of a driving record obtained electronically versus obtained manually (mail or onsite) within the same state.
Beware of vendors who will charge the higher price, regardless of which access method is used. To view a list of current fees with a breakdown if online, onsite, or by mail see:
There are three key reasons why the completeness, consistency, and accuracy of state criminal record repositories could be suspect-
The basis for these concerns is supported by documented facts provided by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Every two years the DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics releases an extensive Survey of State Criminal Record Repositories. The latest survey, released December 2015 and based on statistics complied as of Dec 31, 2014, is a 117-page document with 36 data tables. Below are some eye-catching facts reflected from the current Survey:
To view or download a recently posted article with some eye-opening individual state stats from several of the Tables visit the BRB Knowledge Center.
The entire 117-page DOJ survey is available at
With the June addition of Cimarron County, free web access to docket information for civil and criminal docket information is now available for all 77 Oklahoma counties at www.oscn.net/dockets/. Search by name or case number. One may also search traffic tickets. Be sure to check the Court Records Help link for searching help including the wild card characters.
While this site is an excellent choice for pre-screening, the site is not considered to be online onsite equivalent. One issue is the site does not indicate the throughput of records per county. One does not know how far back the records go. Plus according to one nationally known record retrieval firm based in Oklahoma:
"Each district court is responsible for the accuracy of data entry. There continues to be a problem requiring a manual pull of the hard copy file to validate information. The OSCN has blocked access to the public viewing information to certain identifier fields and approx. 80% of scanned documents. This information is only available by using a terminal at a physical court location."
OSCN is rated as a 2 (scale is 1 to 5 with 1 being best) on the Equivalency Matrix for subscribers at CriminalRecordSources.com.
Use caution when using this site for strong due diligence needs.