Retrieving public documents and information is now made much easier with modern technology and retrieval methods at hand. If you need to browse a certain individual's public record, you just have to visit a couple of online state public document listings and they will provide you free browsing and some information for free.
Each individual state has created its own rules when it comes to public record retrieval but most of them use the Freedom of Information act as a backbone for their final rules. With the hope of a greater government transparency and an increased trust of people in the government, the state of Maine decided to allow the public to openly collect data and copy the information that they retrieved as long as there isn't any breach of privacy involved.
Compared to other states, Maine public records are more varied and their official state website is a bit more organized. Anything created for the government or created within the state by any individual living within the state is collected by the state of Maine to be dispersed as open public information.
Some of the public documents available in Maine are:
These documents, along with others that are housed by individual state agencies, can be retrieved using the Freedom of Information Act. If you don't want to work your way into getting the Maine public records that you need, you can opt to let some websites such as Freepublicrecordsites to do the job for you. They will require a fee and will mail you the retrieved information after a set number of weeks, usually ranging from 3-4.
On the other hand, if you don't want to pay someone to do the job for you, you can visit the official website of Maine and explore the services that they offer. The available public records are listed on the website itself and you just have to go to the individual agency that houses your record, with the links to each agency also included in Maine's website.
If you are looking for hunting and fisheries records for example, a link to the agency that houses it (Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife) can be found on Maine's official website. Service information such as accessibility, exceptions, terms of payment and needed documents before you are allowed to retrieve public records are detailed on the website.
If you have general questions about Maine and how you can retrieve public documents within the state, you can go to their Contact Page and choose the agency or person that you want to contact directly.
To lookup Maine public records information, contact:State of Maine Freedom of Access Act
If you head to the Official Website of the State, then you will be able to find a great deal of information by performing a Maine public records search right there online. There, you'll not only find data on the site, but you'll also find the forms and other application resources you require to request additional certificates, documents, and other kinds of information.
When dealing with Maine public records, anyone can request a copy of any given record. For the most part, you won't even need to discuss the reason you are requesting a copy of Maine public records. For those that have only limited research-based applications, though, you may have to present a written request. According to 1 M.R.S.A. 402(3), public records in Maine are deemed such if they "have been received or prepared for use in connection with the transaction of public or governmental business or that contain information relating to the transaction of public or governmental business."
Records that are eligible are available for you to inspect and make copies of them if you so desire. Agencies are allowed to request reasonable copy fees if you request a copy be made of the record. If you wish to see public records in Maine, the best way to handle it is to send a written request, then go to the office in person.