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Frequently Asked Questions

Nevada’s Public Records Act (the Act) applies to “all public books and public records of a government entity, the contents of which are not otherwise declared by law to be confidential.”

"Nevada Public Records Act: A Manual for State Agencies",


Legal definition of public record: a record required by law to be made and kept:
(a) a record made by a public officer or a government agency in the course of the performance of a duty
(b) a record filed in a public office

NOTE: Public records are subject to inspection, examination, and copying by any member of the public.

“Public Record Legal Definition.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster,

The answer is more nuanced than a "Yes" or "No" answer. According to Nevada's Public Records Act "The presumption is, all agency records are open to public inspection and copying, unless they are specifically declared by law to be confidential."

"Nevada Public Records Act: A Manual for State Agencies",

There are many different types of public records. In the case of individual public records, they typically revolve around major life milestones and include:
Birth and death certificates.
Marriage certificates and divorce decrees.
Deeds, mortgages, and other related property records.
Various licenses, including professional and business licenses.
Driving records.
Criminal records, including wants and warrants.
Sex offender records.
Court records.
Unclaimed property.
Missing persons.
Voter registration and election records.

Corporate or government public records often make note of disciplinary measures or are broken down into quarterly or annual reports. Some examples include:

Real estate appraisals.
Census records.
Government spending reports.
Legislation minutes.
Consumer protection information.
Liens, judgments, or bankruptcy filings.
Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings.

"Types of Public Records", ""

Each public agency must adopt a policy which conforms to NRS Chapter 239 and to this manual. The policy
should include the basic procedural requirements, such as identifying the public records official, outlining the
agency’s response process, and the agency’s fee structure.
The following information shall be posted at each agency and, if the agency maintains an Internet website, on
the agency's Internet website:
• Policies and procedures for accessing public records. NRS 239.008(4)
• A form which may be used to file a request. NRS 239.008(4)
• And explanation of fees and fee waivers. NRS 239.052
When an agency receives a request for public records, it shall be the policy of the agency to comply with all such
requests for copies of information by members of the public, media, and state and federal government officials.
Per NRS Chapter 239, all such requests shall be handled as expeditiously as possible.

Find information on any corporation or business entity in Nevada

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Birth and Death Certificates

Marriage and Divorce records are held at the respective county. For certified copies of marriage certificates, write to the County Recorder where the license was purchased. For copies of divorce records write to the County Clerk where the divorce was granted.

Nevada Public Records Act
Below you will find policies regarding Nevada's Public Records Act such as, NAC regulations, Public Records manual, Public Records manual presentation overview, and NPRA and legal overview presentation.

NRS 239 NAC 239

Public Records NAC 2014: Availability and Inspection of Public Records

PDF Format of Public Records NAC 2014

Nevada Public Records Act: A Manual for State Agencies 2016

PDF Format of the Public Records Manual 2016

Public Records Manual: Presentation 2017

PDF format of the Public Records Manual presentation.

Nevada Public Records Act (NPRA) and Legal Overview: Presentation 2018

PDF Format of the NPRA and Legal Overview Presentation 2017

Public Records Requests


Doc Icon link for a Public Records Request form