Six Files the US Government Keeps on You, and How to Obtain a Copy
With literally hundreds of agencies working in a variety of fields, the government can keep track of every citizen, resident, and more from birth to death. With the problem of identity thieves and misinformation, these files can hurt you or be a life saver. Below are top six files the government keeps on you, how to obtain them, and why you should have them.
- F.B.I. Files : According to Reddit.com, the Federal Bureau of Investigations keeps files on every person in the entire United States. By law, they must send you this file on written request. Best of all, if the file is under 50 pages, there is no charge to send it to you. Simply write to the current F.B.I. director and simply state your request. Have the letter notarized by a licensed notary. Click on the link above for more information.
- Your Homeland Security File : Are you a regular international traveler? Then chances are the Department of Homeland Security has a file on you. This blogger put in a request to get their file, with amazing and impressive results. It requires a written, signed letter by you, along with making reference to the Freedom of Information Act. The address, language, and more are included in the article. If you have no problems getting in and out of the country, this is more for fun than anything else. If you are having problems entering or exiting the U.S. visit the DHS site to learn how to fix it.
- C.I.A. Records : You don’t have to be a slick burglar to obtain a copy of the record the Central Intelligence Agency may or may not have on you. In fact, they provide easy access to many unclassified documents. The site even has links to the most requested items. The C.I.A. provides in detail the four step process to getting a copy of records, including information on fees. The agency even provide a sample letter.
- Your Earnings : The U.S. Social Security office keeps a constant track of all earnings since you filled out your first W-2. They know how much you have made, how much taxes you have paid, and how much you stand to earn on retirement. The government already sends you an automatic statement of all your findings, but you can request one at any time. This is a useful thing to do to make sure they have all of your information, including earnings and future benefits, correct. You can visit the site to request one online. Another highlight of the site is blocking access to your account to keep your identity safe.
- Criminal Records : This is a useful search if you have had trouble with the law and want to know what is out there on you. Also a good idea if you’ve never been in trouble to make sure your records reflect that. The biggest problem is that there are so many agencies that keep files on criminal records. These can include federal, state, and local law enforcement. This site has many useful links to these sites from corrections to sex offender registries. Click on the links of the agencies that interest you to learn how to obtain your criminal records, or even those of others.
- Court Records : If you have ever gotten so much as a parking ticket, the government has court records on you. Like most government records, they are public and subject to the Freedom of Information Act. When obtaining records, call the court or district attorney’s office beforehand to make sure you know where to go and who to write. Another important aspect is getting the information correct. This includes spelling, type of court (civil, criminal, traffic, etc.), dates, and more. If you have some money to spend Civil Records and other sites like it can retrieve the information for a fee.
Whether keeping an eye on those who keep an eye on you or just looking for some laughs, these six files the U.S. government keeps on you are a great way to do so. In some cases, you can even request the records of others for background checks or other uses. If you have any trouble obtaining one of the files the government keeps on you, contact the agency directly for more information.