How to Obtain Bankruptcy Records

Bankruptcy records can be easily obtained even if you are not the person or company who filed the case. Data filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court is public information, and any adult has the legal ability to obtain copies of case records. Getting bankruptcy records does cost a small amount of money, but can usually be done the same day depending on which method of data collection is selected by the person seeking the information.


Step 1

Visit the website of Public Access to Court Electronic Records for the quickest method of obtaining bankruptcy records. Register for the website (see Resources section) and follow the instructions to search for the bankruptcy data you need. Paying for the records requires a credit or debit card and as of 2009, cost 8 cents per page.

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Step 2

Visit your local bankruptcy courthouse and request to see records regarding the person or company you wish to learn more about. There is a small charge for researching and copying the records, which is usually payable by cash.


Step 3

Visit the website of the United States Bankruptcy Court Record Retrieval Service (see Resources below.) Complete bankruptcy files from this company cost $50 to obtain, and can usually be e-mailed to you within a few hours. There are also postal mail delivery options, and partial bankruptcy records cost about $20 to $35 to acquire. Payment is through credit or debit card.