The Public Record Retriever Network

The Public Record Retrieval Network (PRRN) is the largest trade organization representing professionals in the public record industry. With nearly 500 members in 48 states, PRRN Members are recognized as the nation's leaders in local public record searching and document retrieval.

What is PRRN’s Mission?

Our mission is to promote development within the public document retrieval industry for -
  1. Standards of professional conduct in local searching and document retrieval procedures
  2. Improved marketing and sales practices

Who Is Eligible For Membership?

There are two levels of membership - Regular and Associate.
  • Regular Membership is for on onsite researchers. Eligibility is open only to firms or individuals that physically visit local county court or municiple courts or other government agencies to search public records or retrieve documents. Dues are based on the number of counties serviced with true employees. Counties covered with other researchers and 1099 people are indicated in a separate data field display.
  • Associate Membership is open to other firms such as public record database or gateway providers, public record distributors, CRAs, and firms providing or receiving services from other researchers. This includes public record search firms using a correspondent network to obtain records.
Continued membership is contingent upon maintaining standards outlined in the Code of Professional Conduct and the Terms of Membership.

What are The Benefits of Membership?

Only PRRN Members:
  • receive the Public Record Retrieval Industry Standards Manual (PRRISM)
  • are profiled at www.PRRN.us and www.BRBPublications.com/PRRN (Type of profile and placement depends on level of membership)
  • are singled out and highlighted in the Local Court & County Record Retrievers Web Product.
  • are viewable to subscribers in the online Public Record Research System (PRRS) Web product.
  • are highlighted in the PRRN Membership Directory which is printed annually.
  • receive our newsletter Sources that features articles about how to increase productivity and efficiently.
  • can download suggested client forms and the Researcher/CRA Model Agreement.
  • can use the PRRN member logo in their advertising and promotional materials.
  • receive the 10% discount on single book purchases from BRB Publications.

How Does My Firm Join PRRN?

Fill out the form here

What are the Terms of Membership in PRRN?

PRRN is a service provided to the retrieval industry by BRB Publications, Inc. for the purpose of promoting standards in the industry.

PRRN members agree to follow the highest ethical standards in all dealings with other members and with clients. These standards not only include those explicitly listed in the Code of Professional Conduct, but also include such matters as paying invoices in a timely fashion and not accepting projects which members are not competent to complete correctly or in a timely manner.

The members of PRRN may communicate with the Directors at any time, using the Retriever Satisfaction Survey, or any other effective means, to register concerns, problems, or disputes with other members or clients. The Directors may, at their sole discretion, use such information to inform members about such disputes, including but not limited to failure to pay invoices and failure to complete project on time or correctly. At the request of any member, the Directors may mediate disputes among members.

The Directors of PRRN may, at their sole discretion and without notice, cancel the membership of any member that, in their opinion, has not met the spirit of these terms. Fees will not be returned upon cancellation of membership.

Members agree explicitly not to hold the Directors or any other members liable, in any way, for reporting or taking action on problems or disputes communicated to them in good faith.

What is the PRRN Code of Professional Conduct?

The Public Record Retriever Network (PRRN) Code consists of ten guidelines to which Membesr promise toadhere when conducting business. View Code Details

Competency Guidelines

  1. We know where each type of local public record is maintained.
  2. We access these agencies regularly.
  3. We understand the contents of the documents we retrieve.
  4. We search records ourselves in those agencies that do not conduct searches for the public.
  5. We maintain good relationships with agency personnel.

Client Service Guidelines

  1. We return calls promptly.
  2. We complete projects as promised.
  3. We explain our charges in advance.
  4. We will expedite results, on request.
  5. We will explain how agencies maintain their records, on request.
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