Basic ways to find someone
To sue someone, you need to know where they are. You will need their address to put on forms and to have a place where someone can give them the court forms after they're filed. If you win a lawsuit, you'll also need to know where they are to collect what you're owed if they don't pay you.
To find someone:
Check with people they know
- Family, friends, people they used to live or work with
Try to get their last address from the Post Office
- If the person filed a change of address with the United States Postal Service (USPS), the USPS may give you the new address if it's only to be used to serve the person in a lawsuit. You will need to fill out a form with the USPS to ask for this.
- Online phone directory (www.yellowpages.com)
- Reverse phone directories (if you know their phone number)
- Search their name online (Google, Facebook, www.anywho.com, etc.)
Research county records
This county office keeps records about people and businesses in that county. You can find records on who owns a property or a business, or birth, marriage, and death certificates.
Voter registration records
If they registered to vote, the registrar of voters will have their address from when they registered to vote. If they later moved within the county, they may have the new address.
County Assessor's Office
If they own property (real estate) in the county, that county will have a tax roll with the name and address of property owners.
Check jail and prison inmate locators