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Crime & Safety



Federal Bureau of Prisons - Inmate Locator
Includes inmates from 1982 to present.

King County Jail Register and Booking System
Information on persons in custody currently or within the last 365 days.

King County Sheriff's Office - Sex Offender Search
Searchable database provides name, date of birth, physical description, and address approximations for Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders in King County.

Seattle Police Department Crime Data
Statistics on crime in Seattle.

Uniform Crime Reports (FBI)
U.S. crime statistics back to 1995, Crime Alerts, Most Wanted Lists.

Washington State Department of Corrections

Facilities information, inmate family and friends guide, statistics.

WATCH - Washington Access to Criminal History

Criminal history conviction records for the state of Washington.



General (includes local government)



Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
The finding tool for federal publications that includes descriptive records for historical and current publications and provides direct links to those that are available online. is the official source for federal legislative information from Congress including the status of Federal legislation, bill texts, Congressional Record, committee reports and more.

FDSYS Federal Digital System

Search a large number of government websites at the same time.

Federal Specifications
Search for past and present Federal Specifications. Important: read the information in red on how to search the database.

Frequently Requested County Records
A guide for locating King County records. Includes information on Court - Legal, Legislative, Licenses - Certificates - Permits, Property - Land, Election, Police, Tax and Personal Records (such as birth and death certificates).


govinfo is a service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO). It provides free public access to more than a million official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.

King County Government Information
Agencies, legislative, business resources, public safety. Includes "Metro Online/Transportation Options for King County." - The Official Site of the City of Seattle
Comprehensive City government information, department contacts, licenses and permits, utilities, neighborhood and community resources, including services to seniors and the disabled.
The U.S. Government's official Web portal.

Washington State Government

State agency contacts, licensing, vital records, lottery, Washington State facts.



Law & Legal



Online legal resource center. Includes codes, forms, jobs, organization directories, technology and software. In English and en español.

King County Code
Laws of King County.

Articles in law reviews and journals, specialty law and bar association journals and legal newspapers.

Northwest Justice Project
Self-help legal information, civil legal services for low-income people, and links to other local legal resources.

Public Law Library of King County
Legal and law related information from the local public law library.

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)
Washington State laws.

Seattle Building and Technical Codes
The City of Seattle Building, Electrical, Energy, and other technical codes.

Seattle Municipal Code
Laws for the City of Seattle.

Washington Administrative Code

Rules governing Washington State agencies.

Washington LawHelp

A guide to civil legal resources in Washington State. Information on legal problems, with instructions and forms. In English and en español.

Washington State City and Town Codes

Provides links to Washington state city and town codes available online.

Washington State Legislative Information

Includes legislation status, calendars, and committee rosters. In English and en español.

Washington State Register

Bi-weekly publication of proposed, emergency and adopted rules in Washington state. It is updated every two weeks.



Statistics (government)



American FactFinder

From the U.S. Census Bureau, find population, housing, economic and geographic data.

Census 2010 Data & Maps for Seattle
Includes data about Seattle neighborhoods and urban villages.

Gateway to statistics from over 100 federal agencies.
Find statistics about countries or to compare countries worldwide. Uses a variety of sources to provide a searchable database of national statistics.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
Statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States.






IRS Forms and Publications

Federal tax forms and publications. In English and en español.

State tax forms
From the Federation of Tax Administrators.

Washington State Department of Revenue

File & pay taxes, find Washington state and local tax rates, and more tax information.



Voting & Elections



Democracy Voucher Program

Seattle voters passed a citizen-led initiative known as the "Honest Elections Seattle Initiative" (I-122) which changed a number of campaign financing rules for candidates running for elected positions. The Democracy Voucher Program gives eligible Seattle residents the opportunity to assign four Democracy Vouchers, each valued at $25, to support candidates in the 2017 City of Seattle elections.

Elections & Voting
Information on voting in Washington from the Secretary of State.

Find Your Legislator
Find your legislative district, statewide and congressional district maps, and information about your legislator.

King County Elections
How to vote, absentee ballot form, voter pamphlets, lists of candidates who have filed, election results and more.


Check your voter registration status, view personal voting history, voters' guide, print a ballot, drop box and voting center locations and more.

Public Disclosure Commission Database

Search the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission's database for reports filed since 1996.

Vote Smart

National coverage of candidates, campaign finances, issues and special interest groups.


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