Do I need a court order to get phone records for my own phone?


Asked on May 20, 2009 under Business Law, Virginia


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I can't see why you should.  Most recent statements (usually within a year or so) are available on-line anyway.  If you need them from a period of time before that than you would probably have to contact the company directly.

If they were in the name of a business you own, you may have to provide evidence of your ownership but that would be about it.  Also, if you wanted them sent to a different address than what is on the current bill you may have to prove that the new address is yours as well.

If they're your records I don't see why you would have any problem in obtaining them.

Note:  If they are not really your records getting copies of someone else's bill is a crime.  Don't do it.

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