Access public records for Ada County, Idaho, by completing a Public Records Request Form on the county's website at AdaCounty.ID.gov, navigating to Services, and selecting the Public Records Request option. Public law enforcement and land records for the county can be obtained online through the Ada County Sheriff's Office at AdaSheriff.org and the Ada County Assessor's Office at AdaCountyAssessor.org, respectively. Additionally, court records for the state can be obtained online from the Idaho State Judiciary at IDCourts.us.
The Public Information Request form found on the county's website requires the requesting party to fill out personal information including full name, address and the date of the request. The requester must also identify which county department the request applies to, then must provide a description of the type or types of information requested. Upon receipt, the requester is required to pay a very small fee as compensation for the staff's research efforts.
Property records are typically used by prospective home buyers, developers and real estate agents when they determine the values of property, as determined by the county and the market. Property records can also be useful to determine the official lines of demarcation and sizes of plots, which are sometimes required for legal action. Case records and law enforcement records are generally intended for public safety and awareness; case records are also used by lawyers to be informed on past decisions by certain judges and courts.