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 any of the records mentioned above available for public inspection, unless otherwise declared confidential by law. 

To request access to public records, please contact the specific State agency who created the records.

The Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records division does not retain the records of other State agencies for the purpose of Public Records Requests, with one exception, the State Archives. 

The State Archives, may have the records you are looking for.  However, keep in mind the Archives will only have those records of historical or enduring value once they no long serve a business purpose for their agency.  For information about records within the Archives and how to access them, please contact the Archives at 775-684-3310

Frequently Asked Questions

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." This can include any personal identification information or PII, information which can be used to distinguish or trace an individual's identity, such as their name, social security number, biometric records, etc.

Reference: 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.

Reference: Types of Public Records

Each public agency must adopt a policy which conforms to NRS Chapter 239 and The Nevada Public Records Act Manual. Agency policies should include 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 on each agencies website, if they maintain a 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 public records request, it shall be the policy of the agency to comply with all such requests for copies of information by members of the public, media, or state and federal government officials. Per NRS Chapter 239, all such requests shall be handled as expeditiously as possible.

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Nevada Public Records Act
Below you will find policies and other resources regarding Nevada's Public Records Act

Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) Chapter 239 

Nevada Administrative Code (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 2019

PDF Format of Nevada Public Records Act: A Manual for State Agencies 2019

Public Records Manual 2019: Presentation 2019

PDF Format of Public Records Manual 2019: Presentation 2019

Nevada Public Records Act (NPRA) and Legal Overview: Presentation 2019

PDF Format of 
Nevada Public Records Act (NPRA) and Legal Overview: Presentation 2019

Public Records Requests


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