Public Records Now Opt Out & Data Removal Guide

The people search site Public Records Now may be little more than a sales funnel for another data broker called PeopleFinders, but it could still cause some problems in its own right. Getting your listing removed from PublicRecordsNow.com shouldn’t take you too long, if you can get it to work.

We experienced a range of errors when trying to opt out of Public Records Now, with many attempts failing. Even when we got confirmation that the opt-out process was successful, our listings remained up on the site.

Using our guide to remove yourself from PeopleFinders.com might be a better option, allowing you to kill at least two birds with one stone. The way these two data brokers are connected is pretty common in this shadowy industry.

We recommend hunting down and opting out of every data broker that’s dealing in your personal information. You can try to do this one-by-one by following our guides, or you can let our automated data removal service get your data off Public Records Now and send out and monitor dozens of other opt-out requests at a time.

Opt-out process:  5 – 10 minutes

Removal Requirements: None

Updated: October 6, 2022

How to opt out of Public Records Now and remove your info

In short:

  1. Navigate to the Public Records Now opt-out page at https://www.publicrecordsnow.com/static/view/optout/
  2. [Alternatively] Go to the contact page and click “click here to opt out”
  3. Fill in the opt-out form, solve the CAPTCHA, and click “Opt out”

Keep reading for the full opt out procedure with screenshots.

If you’re not opting out of Public Records Now, explore these related articles:

Do you want the easy way out? Let us opt you out from Public Records Now

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  1. Click “Get Started” and Create an account.
  2. Confirm your email address.
  3. Provide your personal details: We need this information to locate your profiles on data brokers’ sites.
  4. Sign the authorization form. This will empower us to opt out on your behalf.
  5. Complete the checkout process. The monthly cost for the annual subscription is $6.49. Apply the coupon code DATA-REMOVAL-FEB for an additional 10% discount.
  6. You’re done!

Why does Incogni use a subscription model? Data brokers re-scrape and re-add your information after we remove it. The best way to keep your info off their sites is to automate recurring removal requests.

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Step-by-step Public Records Now opt-out guide

Total Time: 5 minutes

  1. Navigate to the Public Records Now opt-out page at https://www.publicrecordsnow.com/static/view/optout/

    Opt out of Public Records Now step 1-1

    Go directly to the dedicated opt-out page.

  2. [Alternatively] Go to the contact page and click “click here to opt out”

    Opt out of Public Records Now step 1-2

    Or go to the contact page and click on “click here to opt out.” We’ve had more success with this second route.

  3. Fill in the opt-out form, solve the CAPTCHA, and click “Opt out”

    Opt out of Public Records Now step 2-1

    Enter your first and last name, city, and state. Use the same details that appear in your listing.

3) Continue your data removal journey

That’s it! You should be taken to a screen confirming your opt-out request, and your listing should be gone from the PublicRecordsNow.com site immediately. Even if everything here goes according to plan, there’s (much) more you need to do if you want to defend your right to privacy.

There are hundreds of other data brokers that could have your private data right now. Some you can find simply by performing a web search for your name. Others will require some research into data brokers operating in your area to pin down. We recommend opting out of all of them.

Check out our other free opt out guides or start from these:

Incogni’s researchers estimate that it’d take you 304 hours to make just one pass at removing yourself from all these data broker sites. Or you could let our automated data removal service send out dozens of opt-out requests at a time to get and keep your data off some of the largest data brokers.

Take your data off Public Records Now and hundreds* of other data brokers with Incogni

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Subscribe to Incogni for just $6.49 per month and get: 

  • A fully automated data removal service
  • Recurring removal from 159+ data brokers (including Public Records Now)
  • Regular progress reports

Use DATA-REMOVAL-FEB at checkout to get an additional 10% discount.

* See the full list of data brokers Incogni covers here.

Watch the Public Records Now opt out video guide

Alternative Public Records Now opt-out methods

Public Records Now doesn’t explicitly offer any alternative opt-out methods, but you can try to submit your data removal request via the contact form if the opt-out form doesn’t work. Select “received an error message” in the subject field.

Enter your full name as it appears in your listing. Use a throwaway or masked email address to protect your privacy (we reviewed disposable email services in this article). The very first point in Public Records Now’s privacy policy states that they “may collect, sell, or share any personal information you enter on [their] website or provide to [them] in some other manner.”

Given that Public Records Now’s search results are powered by another data broker—PeopleFinders—you could also opt out of PeopleFinders.com to get your data off PublicRecordsNow.com. Check out our step-by-step guide for removing yourself from PeopleFinders.com.

FAQ

What is Public Records Now?

PublicRecordsNow.com is a people search where you can search for addresses, phone numbers, criminal records, marriage/divorce records, and more. It acts as a teaser and advertisement for the larger data broker PeopleFinders.

A free search on Public Records Now will reveal your:
– Full name
– Age
– Current and past locations
– Redacted email addresses
– Current and past partial phone numbers
– Relatives’ and associates’ full names
– Clicking on “view details” will take you to a PeopleFinders paywall. Hang around on this page for a while and you’ll be offered a $1, five-day – trial membership with PeopleFinders.com. This $1 trial gets anyone, including your worst enemy, the following private information:
– Arrest & criminal records
– Misdemeanors & felonies
– Registered sex offender status
– Warrants & police records
– Nationwide court records
– Evictions & foreclosures
– Bankruptcies, liens & judgments
– Speeding tickets
– Social media records
– Addresses & phone numbers
– Email addresses
– Family members & associates
– Assets & properties
– Business records
– Professional licenses
– Public records
– Deceased indicator
– Marriage & divorce records

Having this much of your private data so easily available puts you at obvious risk of discrimination, harassment, and criminal victimization. But even the free Public Records Now search results can be used to invade your privacy in ways that aren’t so obvious.

The redacted email addresses available on PublicRecordsNow.com reveal the full email domains, potentially exposing your current and past employers. The partial phone numbers can be used to identify your listings on other people search sites.

Having your records up on either PublicRecordsNow.com or PeopleFinders.com puts you at greater risk of falling victim to scams, stalking, and identity theft. It’s also likely to lead to greater volumes of robocalls, spam emails, and phishing attempts.
We recommend removing your personal information from both of these companies and any other data brokers that have it. Use our detailed, easy-to-follow guides below to do this yourself. Sign up to Incogni to have us deal with all the hassle on your behalf.

How long does it take to opt out of Public Records Now?

If everything goes smoothly, it shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to opt out of PublicRecordsNow.com directly. It’ll take you 15 – 20 minutes to opt out of PeopleFinders.com, getting your listing off Public Records Now as you do so.

We recommend you opt out of PeopleFinders in order to get your personal data off Public Records Now.

When will Public Records Now delete my information?

Public Records Now should delete your records immediately. The data broker warns, though, that it will only block some of your information from showing up in its search results.

How does Public Records Now get my personal data?

Public Records Now claims to only draw upon public records when compiling your profile, but there’s no way to confirm this.

Can Public Records Now add my information again, even after they approve my opt-out request?

Yes, both Public Records Now and PeopleFinders can add your information again even after you’ve successfully opted out. This happens when a data broker fails to properly match new, incoming information with your previously opted-out profile.

Check back on both people search sites regularly to see if your profile has reappeared. Repeat the opt-out procedure when it does. A good automated data removal service will restart opt-out procedures to make sure your data stays off data broker databases after it’s opted out.

Does Public Records Now have the right to use my data?

Yes, both Public Records Now and PeopleFinders have the legal right to use your data. Depending on where you live, you might have the right to force them to delete your records from their search results. State laws like the CCPA, CPA, and CDPA guarantee residents this right.

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