There are 67 counties in the state of Pennsylvania. Each of these counties have some leeway with how they can keep some of their public records, but in general, they have to be in compliance with state laws. One of the laws that affect the public records of not only Pennsylvania but other states as well, is the Right to Know law, which is often referred to as the Sunshine Law. The law was enacted in Pennsylvania in 2008 to ensure that public records as well as the minutes of public meetings were accessible to the general public; in essence, anyone who requests these records has the right to see them. There are some restrictions as well as a proper procedure for getting these records.
Requesting Carbon County Public Records
The first step to getting any type of Carbon County public record is to locate the right office or department. Whether you choose to contact them online or offline is up to you; the process will remain unchanged with either option. Once you find the department that is responsible for keeping the records that you are interested in, you will file a request form, a document that will ask you several questions related to who you are and other types of questions as well. In addition to filing this form, you will have to show a photo ID to establish who you are, and finally, you may have to pay a fee for certain types of record searches.
Any records search that involves more than one record or may take a long time to compile may be delayed, with an estimated time of delivery given to the requester. This is especially true in the case of public records such as the minutes from meetings and others.
Restricted Information in Carbon County Public Records
While the majority of public records in Carbon County are open for public viewing upon request, there is some information that is not available or allowed to be seen to protect those involved and to eliminate problems with identity theft. For instance, you cannot get social security numbers or the driver’s license numbers for anyone. You also cannot get the home address of public officials, elected or appointed, or those involved in law enforcement. These restrictions are meant to protect those people from others who might seek to harm them in some capacity.