We hear a lot of people asking if Elevation Certificates can be found through Public Records. It's a great question to ask because the truth is that it is actually quite easy to get a free FEMA Elevation Certificate if you follow our step-by-step instructions. In this article you are going to learn the different resources you can access online that help you find exactly what you need without having to pay a single dime. The best part about it is, Elevation Certificates can actually be used again and again. Not many people know this but as long as the photos in the document are updated it is completely legal to do and acceptable to FEMA. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know.
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Step 1. Contact one of our flood specialist at Yep Insurance to see if we have it on file. Through our partners we have access to tens of thousands of Elevation Certificates and if we have it on file we will be happy to send that to you for free.
Step 2. If we don't have the Elevation Certificate on file the next thing you'll want to do is look up your city or county website. In some communities they require all the Elevation Certificates to be sent in and they are uploaded online for public record access. We are happy to assist you in finding your communities website.
Step 3. Another great place to find an Elevation Certificate is by looking at your closing documents. It's common for Elevation Certificates to be transferred with the property. If you are in the process of closing on a property that requires flood insurance you can also ask the seller if they have an Elevation Certificate which can be reused.
Step 4. If your community doesn't have it listed online for download the next thing you can do is call them and request a record search for the certificate. Most people don't realize that many communities actually have these on file.
It is possible you may not be able to find a certificate online or through public records, but don't be discouraged. If you need the certificate because you are looking to get a flood insurance quote you'll be happy to know that many of our private low-cost flood insurance carriers don't require a certificate to get a quote. We strongly suggest for you check our pricing before ordering an Elevation Certificate to even see if it necessary to spend the money getting one. If we determine that a certificate will be needed we have a nationwide network of the most trusted surveyors who are cost-effective. We guarantee the work and use our partners to check over 100 points on the certificate to deliver top-notch quality control. Learn more here.
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