Wyoming Public Records
The State of Wyoming, through clear and broader provisions, tries to make it easier on its citizens to access records in a simpler and in an open manner.
The state statutes 16-4-201 – 16-4-205 is what governs Wyoming public records. The law specifies that “any person” may request public records, and that they don’t have to disclose the reasons for making the request. Records subject to the law include all materials created by Wyoming State, including any of its municipalities, agencies, and counties. The legislative and executive branches of government are also covered by the law. The law dictates that any Wyoming public agency has the obligation to make records available whenever requested.
Exemptions to the Wyoming public records law include:
- Library records
- Personal files
- Medical records
- Records made confidential by court
- Adoption records
- Investigatory records
- Real estate appraisals
- Exam materials
- Security-related records
Wyoming Criminal Records
The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) handles background checks in the state of Wyoming. A criminal report will provide all convictions and arrests not only in Wyoming, but also in the WIN (Western Identification Network). WIN includes Washington, Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Montana and Idaho. Employers may request these records on prospective and current employees. All official background checks are not done only through a mere name search but also through a fingerprint card. This therefore means that you can only pull these records on yourself and not on anyone else.
You can access and copy arrest records, jail and inmate records. You can search for any inmate within the Wyoming Department of Corrections. The search will provide you with information such as where the inmate is currently housed, physical description accompanied by a photo, a projected release date or parole, and the specific conviction. You can get this information online through Vinelink.com. For you to run a search, you need to know the inmate’s First Name and Last Name or their Offender ID.
Wyoming Court Records
All court records in the state of Wyoming for both civil and criminal cases are easily obtainable. Simply sign up for the online PACER or Public Access to Electronic Court Records. For any record that you can’t find on PACER, you should check with the court where the case is being heard. You can research for this information on the state administrator of the courts website.
Wyoming Vital Records
Wyoming Department of Health is the central hub for vital records in Wyoming. This is where you can find more current certificates and records, such as marriage, divorce, birth and death.
- Birth records: Birth certificates are available from 1909 to present through the Department of Health. You can also view these records at the State Archive. Birth certificates become public records after 100 years. Registrants can only obtain these records after turning 18. Otherwise, the access to these records is limited to a parent, legal guardian, or legal representative.
- Death records: Death certificates are available from 1909 to present through the Department of Health. Death certificates become public records after 50 years. Only immediate family members, insurance companies, lawyers, and estate executors can access these records.
- Marriage records: Marriage certificates are available from 1941 to present at the Wyoming Department of Health. These records become public records after 50 years.
- Divorce records: Divorce certificates are available from 1941 to present at the Wyoming Department of Health. These records also become public records after 50 years. Access to these records is limited to the involved parties and their lawyer.
Accessing court records, vital records, criminal records, and other wide range of public records is legal in the state of Wyoming. With the knowledge of how to access them, obtaining there records can be a very simple affair.
Wyoming State Court System
Understanding how the system of Wyoming state court works is very important as it helps you find court records easily.
Wyoming Courts Overview
To make your work easier, start searching for court records in Wyoming by simply going to courts by county.
The trial court system of Wyoming State consists of Municipal Courts, Circuit Courts, and District Courts.
Wyoming District Courts have general jurisdiction to handle all civil and criminal cases, but usually handle only the cases that other courts have no jurisdiction over.
Typical criminal cases that District Courts usually handle include some misdemeanors, lesser-included offenses, and felonies. District Courts can impose certain penalties in certain types of ordinance violation cases. However, most ordinance violation cases are usually handled by Circuit Courts or Municipal Courts.
Civil cases that District Courts usually handle include general civil claims that Circuit Courts cannot handle. They also handle cases requesting injunctive relief, domestic relations, probate matters, and juvenile matters.
Every District Court has a Juvenile Court division that handles certain types of cases, including child neglect, juvenile delinquency, judicial consent to abortion, child in need of supervision.
Wyoming Circuit Courts have jurisdiction to handle certain types of criminal and civil cases. General criminal cases that Circuit Courts usually handle include felony preliminary hearings and misdemeanors. Circuit Courts share jurisdiction with District Courts over misdemeanors, and they have original jurisdiction to handle misdemeanors. With an agreement of a municipality, Circuit Courts can handle violations of municipal ordinances.
General civil cases that Circuit Courts normally handle include majority of general civil claims for up to $50,000, excluding court costs. Cases related to family violence protection are also heard by Circuit Courts. Civil cases these courts handle include landlord-tenant cases, disposal of abandoned vehicles, small claims cases, enforcements and foreclosure of certain liens, claims for recovery of a private or personal property, and claims for recovery of money.
Circuit Courts have actually replaced the Justice of Peace Courts. Currently, Circuit Courts exercise fully the jurisdiction that Justice of Peace Courts was previously granted.
Wyoming Municipal Courts handle majority of municipal ordinance violations. These courts may also handle some violations of municipal ordinances with juvenile defenders.
Wyoming Municipal Courts have limited jurisdiction over many municipal ordinance violations. It’s important to note that this jurisdiction is usually limited to the extent that Wyoming District Courts have exclusive jurisdiction to impose civil penalties and grant injunctive relief.
The Official Website of Wyoming County
Cheyenne Cheyenne, WY – Official Website
Casper City of Casper
Laramie Laramie, WY – Official Website
Gillette Gillette, WY
Rock Springs City of Rock Springs, Wyoming The official government website of Rock Springs, Wyoming
Sheridan City of Sheridan Wyoming
Green River Green River, WY
Evanston City of Evanston, WY – Official Website
Riverton Welcome to City of Riverton, Wyoming
Jackson Jackson, WY | Official Website
Cody Cody, WY | Official Website
Rawlins Rawlins, WY – Official Website
Lander Welcome to City of Lander, Wyoming Welcome to City of Lander, Wyoming
Torrington City of Torrington, Wyoming
Powell City of Powell, Wyoming
Laramie County Laramie County
Natrona County Natrona County, WY | Official Website
Campbell County Campbell County, WY – Official Website
Sweetwater County Welcome to Sweetwater County, WY Welcome to Sweetwater County, WY
Fremont County Fremont County Government Fremont County Treasurer, Fremont County WY — use our site to obtain county financials, look up your property taxes, review the tax sale list items, download county forms, look up answers to frequently asked questions, contact us, and more.
Albany County Albany County Wyoming
Sheridan County Sheridan County: Official site for services, departments and other government operations. | Sheridan County Wyoming
Park County Park County Wyoming Park County Wyoming, the Eastern Gateway to Yellowstone National Park
Teton County Teton County, WY | Official Website
Uinta County Uinta County, WY – Official Website
Lincoln County Welcome to Lincoln County, WY Welcome to Lincoln County, WY
Carbon County Carbon County, WY – Official Website
Converse County Converse County, WY | Official Website
Goshen County Go Goshen Visit Goshen County and find something for everyone: food, drink, outdoor and historic adventures, and community, cultural, and professional events.
Big Horn County Big Horn County, Wyoming, Bighorn County, Wyoming’s bighorn basin Bighorn County, Wyoming, located in the northern part of Wyoming’s bighorn basin. Attractions, Bighorn National Forest, Antelope Butte Ski Area, Greybull Museum, Bighorn Reservoir, Medicine Wheel
Sublette County Sublette County – Official Website
Platte County Welcome to Platte County
Johnson County Johnson County, Wy | Johnson County, Wy Johnson County is a place of legend and living history surrounded by one of the last best unspoiled places in the American West. Come see us … experience both the beauty of the Bighorn Mountain wilderness and the history of the Western frontier.
Washakie County Washakie County Washakie County Wyoming
Crook County Welcome to Crook County , Wyoming
Weston County Welcome to Weston County, Wyoming The official county government website of Weston County, Wyoming.
Hot Springs County Hot Springs County Wyoming – Hot Springs County Wyoming Hot Springs County Wyoming
Niobrara County The official website of Niobara County Government in Niobrara County, Wyoming The official website for Niobrara County Government in Niobrara County, Wyoming.
Wyoming Arrests and Inmate Search
Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office Big Horn County Inmate Locator
Campbell County Detention Center Gain information about the Campbell County Detention Center.
Carbon County, WY – Official Website – Inmate Information Carbon County Inmate Information
Detention – Goshen County Sheriff Goshen County Inmate List
Laramie County Inmate Information Laramie County Inmate Information
Detention – Park County Sheriff Park County Jail
Incidents, Arrests and Detentions | Sheridan County Wyoming Sheridan County Arrest Report
Sublette County – Official Website – Jail Sublette County Jail
Inmate List | Teton County Sheriff’s Office Teton County Inmate List
Detention Center | Uinta County, WY – Official Website Uinta County Detention Center
Wyoming Department of Corrections Wyoming Department of Corrections
Criminal History Checks – Division of Criminal Investigation Public information access website for DCI.
Case Search Wyoming Court Case Search Online
Sex Offender Registry – Division of Criminal Investigation Public information access website for DCI.