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Does a public record fall off like a collection does in 7 years?
If there is a debt in public record does it fall off in 7 years like a collection item would? If it does fall off, it can no longer be held against you in any way shape or form?

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Depends on the type of record.

Some will fall off, once they are paid off they will fall off 7 years from the last payment.  Things that involve courts such as bankruptcies and IRS, taxes  and other government leins can stay on your report for 10 years from the date of last contact. 

Once they fall off your report, then they are no longer factored into you credit score.

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