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Arkansas AOC to Add More
Circuit Courts to Online Access
The online system
for the Arkansas Circuit Courts that is managed by the Arkansas Administrative
Office of the Courts has plans to add three more counties to their free online
access program to court docket information. The three county Circuit Courts
to be added, perhaps as early as today, include Faulkner, Searcy, and Van Buren.
The three current participating county Circuit Courts are Garland, Hot Spring,
and Pulaski counties. More counties will be added over time.
One may search the
Circuit Court Docket Index, including judgments, by name or case number. There
are several cautionary points to consider:
system contains no records from the county's District Court - the lower court.
search allows one to search by name with DL or DOB, but results do not show a
DOB or DL. So if a DOB or DL is not known, there can be a problem with the true
identification of a subject.
Nevada Vital Records Fee
The Nevada Office of Vital Records
announced a fee increase effective December 1, 2010 for optioning copies of
vital records. The fee for a certified copy of a birth or death will increase
from $13.00 to $20.00. The fee for a verification only or for a no record found
request will increase from $8.00 to $10.00.
Note that Marriage records are
found at county recorder office of issue, divorce records with the county clerk
of issuance. However, the state office will verify a record exists for these
vital records since 1968. The fee for this service increases from $8.00 to
$10.00. The fee increase apparently will not affect record fees at the county
Code Changes Effective November 8, 2010|
The American Association of Motor
Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) is the copyright holder and publisher of the
AAMVA Code Dictionary (ACD). The ACD Code System is used to exchange conviction
and withdrawal information between the states' driver licensing authorities. The
ACD Codes enable the states to use the Commercial Driver's License Information
System (CDLIS) and the the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS) to exchange
convictions and withdrawals. As a result, many states use the
ACD to indicate out-of-state convictions on driving records. Some states have
even incorporated the ACD Codes within their own conviction and action tables.
For example, Alaska has converted their conviction table to the ACD Code system
as their primary conviction code table. Therefore, the knowledge of what a
specific ACD Code means can be a very helpful indication when deciphering the
meaning of a conviction or withdrawal action.
Effective November 8, 2010, a
number of changes were instituted to the Code by AAMVA through the Release
3.2.0. Below is a quick summary of some of the additions and revision. There are
other clarifications that included in 3.2.0, but are not shown below.
A91 'Administrative Per Se for BAC at _ _ (detail field required)' to
mirror the existing A11
the definition of A11 [Driving under the influence of alcohol with BAC at _ _
(detail field required)] to indicate it is the exact BAC reported
the definitions of alcohol-related codes A04 and A94 to include the specific BAC
ranges to which the codes apply
clarifications that the B27 is used when the B19 is inappropriate (for
violations of out-of-service orders)
clarified that Admin Per Se convictions and withdrawals (those based solely on
an administrative action) must be reported with the A90, A91, A94,
and A98 codes; A04 - A26 must be used for convictions and withdrawals based on
that all 'W00' [Withdrawal, Non-ACD violation] withdrawals must be retained for
at least 3 years
this is a partial list. With the permission of AAMVA, a copy of the ACD Codes
with descriptions and abbreviates appears in the printed and online versions of
the MVR Access and Decoder Digest. The product also includes the driving record
conviction tables for each state. See www.mvrdecoder.com. For
more information about AAMVA see www.aamva.org.
County IL Releases New Online System for Court
County, IL recently replaced their very old, antiquated public access system
with a new enhanced program. Criminal case files are available from 1980, civil
cases from 1988. Traffic citations, DUIs, and ordinance violations are available
for 1996. Court calendars are also available.
page offers an excellent User's Guide that fully explains how to use the system.
The access site is found at www.cc.co.winnebago.il.us/caseinfo.asp?P=I.
New Resource for CRAs - The
State Rules Register
The CRAHelpdeck.com has released a
new online, interactive guide that details the state laws which impact Consumer
Reporting Agencies (CRAs) and their employment and tenant screening clients.
Quite simply, the Register is designed for those needing an uncomplicated
explanation in plain English of what is reportable to the client, what is usable
by the client, and what steps the client must take to be in compliance with
There are three different
searchable state reports available, including the ability to create a
customized state comparison matrix, and seven Resource Tabs with detailed
coverage of related topics. Subscribers also receive Email Alerts of state
statutory and regulatory changes. The Register is written by practicing attorney
Larry Henry whose background is employment law. Mr. Henry is nationally
recognized as an expert of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
See www.crahelpdesk.com for
details and a demo.
Follow-up on Diploma Mills and Fake
issue fake degrees and diplomas for fraudulent purposes, such as obtaining
employment, promotions, raises, or bonuses on false pretenses.
There have been
recent news stories about diploma mills and fake degrees. The Indiana Attorney
General Steve Carter, through an agreed order from the LaPorte Circuit Court,
halted two Michigan City businesses engaged in the sale of imitation high school
and university diplomas via the Internet; a sheriff in Montana was caught
providing a false high school diploma; and a news story surfaced that the
Stanford Who's Who organization recently recognized a Reverand Dr. to their
ranks who earned a Doctorate degree in Humane Behavior from Almeda University in
2003. You can purchase the same degree from Almeda for your
dog, which people have done. Almeda is a popular Diploma Mill. Many
people promote their Diploma Mill degrees at Linkedin. A recent search on
Linkedin found someone identifiing himself as involved in the security industry
and a Chapter Chairman from ASIS and who mentions on his profile that he has a
degree from Almeda.
How do you spot a
Diploma Mill? One of the world's
leading experts, if not the leading expert, on Diploma
Mills, is Accredibase. They provide the world with extensive information and
related links regarding this topic. See their site at www.accredibase.com.
Also, the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board has an
excellent web page that includes a list of evaluation questions to help
determine if an institution is a Mill; see http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/diplomamills.asp
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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for the States Vital Records and Certificates. When requesting a North Carolina death record you will need specific information about the deceased, such as, the name as it was stated on the certificate, the date of death, the location, city, and or county.
You will also, if you are requesting a certified copy, need to be directly related to the deceased, or a legal representation of one of the family members, and you will need to state this relationship on the application for the death certificate. North Carolinas death records go back as far as 1930, for older records you will have to contact the North Carolina State Archives.
For non-certified copies, which will come on standard printer paper as well as being stamped uncertified so that they will not be able to be used under any circumstances for a legal reason.
The State views death records as public information and therefore will provide an uncertified copy to anyone who is willing to fill out the online request form and pay the applicable fee. You will have to fill out a form for either a certified or uncertified copy of the death certificate and it’s important to provide as much information as you have so that they may more easily find the records you need.