When I first became a PI, I began to make note of certain reference materials I often used. For example, telephone numbers for the County Assessor. Of course, this was way before cellular telephones, personal computers and the Internet. Much information was gleaned by telephone and the judicious application of well-worn shoe leather.
So, I kept a list of telephone numbers, addresses, and other reference material.
I went from Thin Man & Associates to Eric K****ac to P**M** to Tom Ezell. And eventually formed my own firm, Camelback Investigations.
And the list grew. I converted it to a Rolodex. Remember those?
Eventually, my reference directory turned into a three-ring binder with pages in plastic sleeves. And the directory saved me much time.
I still have it. Paging through it is interesting.
First we have the Motor Vehicle statutes by code, as reflected in Driver License records. Also on this page is an extract of the information available from the Assessor and the Superior Court.
The next page has the internal Motor Vehicle codes – if a driver has had a license suspended, for example.
And how many points are assessed per violation.
Then is the
Ma Bell CNA telephone numbers list. (I don’t remember where I acquired this! In fact, I don’t have it, anymore. You didn’t see this here! :-P) These are the telephone numbers used by telco employees to determine a name and address that goes with a specific telephone number. Even if the number is non-published. One just has to know how to ask. And now there are a bunch of Baby Bells. Of course, this information is 27 years old, now. I suspect it’s all done via smartphone or laptop, now. Damn monopoly break-up and technology! It’s probably all phony, anyway. It’s gone. I never even saw it!
But wait, there’s more!
- California DMV account info – for CA DMV records by mail
- Traffic accident tables – determining speed from skidmarks
- A list of stores addresses and telephone number of Valley stores dealing in maps. All kinds of maps.
- Consumer credit laws, CBO by telephone info
- Time Zones and Area Codes (obviously has changed)
- a list of which city directories are in the public library, and the reference desk telephone number
- Arizona license plate configurations (also has changed)
- a table of uniformed services comparative ranks
- aircraft title search and private pilot license information
- State PI regs
- State process service regs
- Az. Revised Statutes lists of offenses by seriousness
- list of police agencies with terminal capabilities (NCIC/ACIC)
- DMV public record access rules (certainly had tightened up)
- exemplars of sample reports for locations and asset searches, surveillance reports, crime reports, accident reports, witness statements
- lists of attorneys, clients, potential clients
- telephone numbers for all State and County Offices in Arizona
- listing of SS number by State issued
- confidential contact numbers
- police radio codes.
Of course 99% of this information is now available over the Internet, or has been severely restricted by law since I was using the book. AND, I never was able to get my cash deposit back from California DMV when I quit being a PI! Bastards!