Nebraska Public Records
Also known as the “Cornhusker State,” Nebraska lies in both the Midwestern United States and the Great Plains. Agriculture is big in Nebraska, as its treeless prairies make ideal cattle-grazing ground and fertile land for corn and soybeans. Crossed by many historic trails, Nebraska was explored by the Lewis and Clark expedition in the early 1800s, and it achieved statehood in 1867. With a population of 1.8 million residents, Nebraska is the 37th most populous state in the U.S. and does make provisions for the sharing of its records with the public.
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Nebraska Public Records Laws
The Nebraska Public Records Law was passed in 1975 and is found in Section 712 of Chapter 84 in the Nebraska Revised Statutes. The Law states that “all citizens of this state, and all other persons interested in the examination of the public records” may have access to them. The purpose of the request does not need to be stated and the use of the documents once obtained is unrestricted.
Records that are covered under the Law include all records from a public entity, including the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Records that are not subject to the Law, or that are exempt, include:
- Personal information
- Medical records
- Law enforcement records
- Trade secrets
- Security-related records
- Credit information
- Archaeological records
- Employment records
- Public retirement records
Nebraska Criminal Records, Arrest Records and Background Checks
Nebraska Criminal History Reports are administered by the Nebraska State Patrol. These are called Nebraska Records of Arrest and Prosecution (RAP) and return results that have fingerprint-based arrests. Therefore, minor traffic violations or citations will not be included.
Nebraska is considered an open records state so a RAP sheet can be requested by anyone (on anyone) through a request form or an online portal. To make an application, you will need the full name and date of birth of the individual. A SSN# is also preferable.
Nebraska Jail and Inmate Records
Visit the Nebraska Department of Corrections website to get information on inmates in the system, services for victims, and correctional facilities in the state. If you want to locate an offender in Nebraska, there is a search page on which you can enter either a DC S Id Number or a Last and First Name. You will be provided with the offender’s status, location, offense information, and earliest possible release date.
Nebraska Court Records
For information on the courts in Nebraska or to learn about how to obtain copies of court records, visit the administrator of the courts website. To search for court records online, Nebraska has a JUSTICE court case database that provides access to criminal, civil, traffic, juvenile, and probate cases filed in all of the state’s county and district courts. You will be able to determine case detail, parties involved, court cost information, and registrar of actions. Copies of full case files will still need to be requested from the clerk of the court at the courthouse where the case was heard.
Nebraska Vital Records
Vital records in the state of Nebraska, such as birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates, are administered by the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Vital Records. A request for any of these documents requires that you prove “proper purpose” in the application. This means that you must either show that you are listed on the record or are a relative or legal guardian of the registrant that requires the certificate for documentation of a vital event. Examples of these are probate, school admission, or re-marriage.
How to request each and the dates available depend on the type of vital record that you need:
- Birth Certificates: Birth certificates are available from 1904 to present. To obtain a birth certificate, you can submit your completed application to the main office at: 1033 “O” Street, Suite 130, Lincoln, NE 68509 (by mail or in person) or at a Regional Office. In the alternative, an online request can be made through their website form or through VitalCheck.com.
- Death Certificates: Death certificates are available from 1904 to present. To obtain a death certificate, you can submit your completed application to the main office at: 1033 “O” Street, Suite 130, Lincoln, NE 6850 (by mail or in person). In the alternative, an online request can be made through VitalCheck.com.
- Marriage Certificates: Marriage certificates are available from 1909 to present. To obtain a marriage certificate, you can submit your completed application to the main office at: 1033 “O” Street, Suite 130, Lincoln, NE 6850 (by mail or in person). In the alternative, an online request can be made through VitalCheck.com.
- Divorce Certificates: Divorce certificates are available from 1909 to present. To obtain a divorce certificate, you can submit your completed application to the main office at 1033 “O” Street, Suite 130, Lincoln, NE 6850 (by mail or in person. In the alternative, an online request can be made through VitalCheck.com.