We live in a time where so much information is available online. This can be both a positive and a negative depending on the situation. For example, if you need helpful resources to help guide your research or to find a solution, then online information can be an asset. However, with personal information being inputted online, it can fall into the wrong hands. This just ends up being a huge headache when trying to get things removed. Today, instead of talking about the negatives, let’s explore how the Internet can be used to access your private records and remove any inconsistent information.
First, you need to be aware that some information by law will be online to protect everyone interacting with each other. For example, imagine you’re renting a home to someone and need to make sure they’ll pay on time, you can access this information easily. If you are doing business with a company and want to ensure they are registered, you’ll be able to do a quick search online and find all the information you need. Some other information available by law are tax liens, registered voter files, business licenses, and property tax assessor files.
Now you’re ready to dispute something on your file, so follow these steps:
Visit the County Clerk Office
Head over to your county clerk’s office to find out what forms should be filled out, where to obtain them, and what exactly is on your record. You’ll learn how some information can be found online. I would recommend the county clerk’s office, as this is the correct way of disputing a public record. For example, the process to dispute a criminal record might be different than that of disputing a tax lien or bankruptcy decision.
Just to be on the correct side of disputes, I always recommend visiting your county clerk to pick their brains about how to correctly file a dispute.
Online Background Check
There are many services which will streamline the entire process so you know exactly what government office you should visit afterward. There is a slight fee involved, however, the headache of having to do research on your own is not worth it so I would suggest visiting online background check sites. You’ll learn what’s on your record and then can do a quick search to find out how the record can be removed. If you have a criminal record, then you know to visit the state’s division of criminal justice. For a civil lien and small claims record, you’ll need to visit the courthouse in the state where the lien judgment was received.
If you are trying to locate the proper forms for a dispute, then here is a great site that provides you with a complete listing of resources for New York public records.
Once you’ve filed the proper paperwork, you have a waiting period involved. It’s hard to say how long this period will take since it really depends on the proper department that is confirming all your information. Not only that, some public records will have a waiting period before they can be removed. In New York, this process is called clemency, and the waiting period will depend on the conviction or type of dispute you are trying to get removed.
At this point, I would just recommend you move forward with your life because you cannot control the rate at which any dispute form will be approved. It’s up to the department and/or internal agency how long they’ll take to confirm all information submitted.
Having disputes removed from your file is a good thing because it helps build your credibility when applying for work, renting a home, or even doing business. Imagine how difficult it would be to apply for a job with a criminal conviction on your file? I have provided resources on how you start the process of disputing your public records, so if this is something you want to do then get started now.
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