Permanent records are requested from the agency, organization or company that has the authority to issue the documents; for example, according to the U.S. Department of State, an individual's FBI criminal record must be requested from the Criminal Justice Information Services Division. A local police check is obtained from a police report in the town where an individual lives.
The school or university that issued an individual's diploma is the point of contact for educational transcripts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that vital records, such as birth, marriage, death and divorce certificates, are requested from a state's vital records office.
The Federal Trade Commission states that consumers are allowed to get one free copy of their credit report from each of the main credit bureaus every 12 months.