Public records can be accessed at any local, state or federal government office or court office for free. However, a fee may be assessed if copies are needed. Public records can also be accessed online at most government circuit clerk office websites.
Depending on the type of records desired, people may be able to view and print records from a home computer without any fees. Records such as property taxes, court judgements, inmate details, and financial reports from public institutions are considered public. Many government offices and record offices of public institutions will also email electronic records once a written request is received.