Oklahoma Public Records
The state of Oklahoma has long made provisions for the sharing of the state records with the general public. Citizens can easily obtain the records preserved by the state.
There are provisions that guide the access and copying of Oklahoma Public Records. The Oklahoma’s Open Records Act, found in Oklahoma Statutes’ Chapter 24 of Title 51, states that “any person”, not considering citizenship status, has the right to access and obtain public records in Oklahoma. Requests for the records can be done for any purpose. However, if you are requesting records for commercial purposes, you may be required to pay an additional fee.
Oklahoma Criminal Records
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) administers background checks in the state of Oklahoma. Anyone can request a Criminal History Record check on anyone, and the consent of the individual being checked is not required. Licensing agencies and employers can also use an online search portal to conduct instant background checks.
Inmate and jail records are also available. To obtain any information on any Oklahoma correctional facility, services for victims, or inmates in the system, visit the website of Oklahoma Department of Corrections. You can request for arrest records or jail and inmate records online through this website. If you want to find an offender in any prison in the state of Oklahoma, you will find a search page on the Oklahoma Department of Corrections site that will ask you to key in either First and Last Name or ODOC#. The results will return a description, current location, list of offenses, earliest possible release date, and an image if available.
Oklahoma Court Records
The state’s administrator of the courts official website contains information about courts in Oklahoma. The website also contains information on how to get court records. The online search lets you search the categories for all district courts in Oklahoma and the 3 appellate courts. You will still have to request copies of the actual case files from the clerk of the court within the courthouse in which the case was handled.
Oklahoma Vital Records
Oklahoma Vital Records, such as death and birth certificates are maintained by the Vital Statistics Office and Oklahoma Center for Health Statistics.
- Birth records: Some counties began keeping birth records as early as 1891, but most counties began keeping these records after statehood in 1907. You can obtain the early records of birth from county courthouses. The statewide registration of births in Oklahoma began 1908 but full compliance was reached in 1930. Birth records are kept at the Oklahoma Vital Records Service.
- Death records: Some areas began keeping death records in Oklahoma as early as 1891. Birth records from this year were gathered from the county churches and courthouse where the event took place. The statewide registration of deaths in Oklahoma began in 1928 but complete compliance was achieved by around 1930. The Oklahoma Vital Records Service currently keeps death records in the state.
- Marriage records: Each county in Oklahoma kept marriage records either from when the time the county was created or from 1890. Only few marriages in the territorial error were recorded in the county courthouses in Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas.
- Divorce records: Divorce records are available from 1907. Divorces were granted by the circuit court or district courts after 1907. The Oklahoma Family History Library currently keeps divorce records of the state.
Whether or not you are a citizen of Oklahoma, you can get access to Oklahoma public records. All you need to do is to make your request appropriately.
Oklahoma State Court System
Understanding how the system of Oklahoma state court works is very important as it helps you find court records easily.
Oklahoma Courts Overview
To make your work easier, start searching for court records in Oklahoma by simply going to courts by county.
The trial court system of Oklahoma State consists of Court of Tax Review, Workers Compensation Court of Existing Claims, Municipal Courts, and District Courts.
Oklahoma District Courts have general jurisdiction to handle all types of cases, but generally handle only the cases that other courts have no jurisdiction over.
District Courts have Small Claims departments for handling most general civil cases with up to $10,000 in dispute, exclusive of costs and attorney fees. Types of cases include interpleader, the return of money or personal property, and suits that seek money damages based on a tort or contract.
A District Court may have a specialized program or division for certain types of cases, including Mental Health Court, Drug Court, and Business Court. Business Courts may exist in counties with huge populations to hear complex commercial cases. A District Court may have a Mental Health Court, Drug Court, and Juvenile Drug Court program for handling certain non-violent cases in which the offender has some treatable addiction or condition.
Oklahoma Municipal Courts have limited jurisdiction over most criminal as well as traffic cases involving violations of municipal ordinances. Besides, some Municipal Courts can also hear misdemeanor criminal cases.
There are some Municipal Courts with a Mental Health Court division for handling certain non-violent criminal cases in which the offender has some treatable addiction or condition.
Municipal Courts are divided into two categories. The first type is known as Municipal Courts “of records” that handle cases that include some misdemeanor criminal cases and most violations of traffic, parking, and environmental ordinances. The second type is known as Municipal Courts “not of record” that handle violations of municipal ordinances.
Workers’ Compensation Court of Existing Claims
The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court of Existing Claims has exclusive jurisdiction to handle claims filed at the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Act particularly for work related injuries that occurred before February 1, 2014. These claims include any right contained in the Act, claims for compensation, and the liability of insurers and employers. Workers’ Compensation Commission is a state administrative agency that handles any claims for work-related injuries that occurred after or on February 1, 2014.
Court of Tax Review
This a specialized pane of the District Court with exclusive and limited jurisdiction over some cases that are connected to ad valorem taxation, such as appeals of the decisions made by state tax agencies.
There is an independent Tribal Court system in Oklahoma and it shares with District Courts some criminal and civil jurisdiction.
The Official Website of Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City City of OKC City of Oklahoma City’s Website
Tulsa City of Tulsa
Norman City of Norman, Oklahoma The City of Norman, Oklahoma
Broken Arrow Broken Arrow, OK – Official Website
Edmond Edmond, OK – Official Website
Moore City of Moore
Midwest City Midwest City, OK | Official Website
Stillwater City of Stillwater Welcome to Stillwater.org! At the City of Stillwater, we’re committed to making digital access to information, city services, utilities and your elected officials as easy and efficient as possible. Phone (405) 372-0025
Muskogee Welcome to Muskogee, Oklahoma
Bartlesville Welcome to Bartlesville | City of Bartlesville
Owasso Owasso, OK – Official Website
Shawnee Welcome to Shawnee, OK
Yukon Welcome – City of Yukon Located in the thriving Metropolis of Central Oklahoma, Yukon employs cutting edge internet technology to provide its citizens with the utmost in economic and and expedient services and information.
Ardmore Ardmore, OK – Official Website
Tulsa County Tulsa County, Oklahoma Tulsa County Government Website
Cleveland County Cleveland County, OK – Official Website
Canadian County Canadian County, OK – Official Website
Rogers County Rogers County Government
Payne County Payne County, Oklahoma
Wagoner County Wagoner County Wagoner County Website Home Page
Creek County Creek County Clerk’s Office Serving Creek County with land records and financial information including purchasing and register of deeds in Sapulpa, OK.
Pottawatomie County Pottawatomie County Courthouse – 325 N Broadway, Shawnee, OK 74801 Phone 405-273-8222
Grady County Grady County
Washington County Washington County | Oklahoma This website is your resource to find information about Washington County, Oklahoma.
Le Flore County About LeFlore County – LeFlore County Treasurer | Oklahoma County Treasurers Research and pay Oklahoma property taxes online.
Carter County Welcome to Carter County, OK Welcome to Carter County, OK
Osage County Osage County
Kay County Kay County, OK | Official Website
Pittsburg County OKCounties.org
Stephens County Stephens County Okla
Logan County Logan County, OK | Official Website
Delaware County Delaware County
Okmulgee County Okmulgee, OK | Official Website
McClain County Welcome to McClain County – McClain CountyMcClain County | The Heart of Oklahoma
Lincoln County Lincoln County
McCurtain County Beavers Bend Cabin Search | Broken Bow Oklahoma Cabins Find your beavers bend cabin and discover all McCurtain County has to offer. Home to Beavers Bend State Resort Park, Broken Bow Lake, Mountain Fork and more
Ottawa County Ottawa County
Custer County Custer County
Jackson County Jackson County
Seminole County Seminole County – Seminole County
Beckham County Beckham County
Texas County Texas County
Pawnee County Pawnee, Oklahoma – County of Pawnee Officals
Choctaw County Choctaw County | OKCountyRecords.com | County Clerk Public Land Records for Oklahoma
Atoka County Atoka, OK – Official Website Home page of the official websites of the City of Atoka Oklahoma
Haskell County Haskell County | OKCountyRecords.com | County Clerk Public Land Records for Oklahoma
Okfuskee County Okfuskee County | OKCountyRecords.com | County Clerk Public Land Records for Oklahoma
Blaine County Blaine County
Oklahoma Arrests and Inmate Search
Bryan County Current Inmates Bryan County Inmate Search
Carter County Sheriff’s Office–Current Inmates Carter County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Roster
Inmate Information System – Search Cleveland County Detention Center
Current Inmate Information Comanche County Current Inmates
Creek County OK Sheriff Creek County Jail Inmate Search
Garvin County Jail Log – Garvin County Sheriff Garvin County Jail List
Detention Center | Latimer County Sheriff Latimer County Jail Inmates
Jail – Mayes County, OK Sheriff Mayes County Jail
Oklahoma County Sheriff Inmate List To view the status of an inmate, searches are processed for current inmates only.
Osage County Jail Current Population Osage County Inmate Report
Rogers County Inmate Roster Rogers County Sheriff’s Inmates List
Tulsa County Jail Inmates Inmate Information Center
Ok Offender Search Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Background Checks and Fingerprinting Information | Oklahoma State Department of Education Background checks are a necessary component for Oklahoma educators, district personnel and school support staff. These background checks are based on fingerprint checks processed through the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.The following choices will help direct you to the information you need.
OSCN Docket Search OSCN Docket Search
Oklahoma Sex & Violent Offender Registry Oklahoma Sex Offender Registry