100% Free Criminal Records Check: Done Right Online!!!

Rosea Sylvestris
Oct 31, 2018 · 8 min read

Discovering online sources which provide free criminal records in reality isn’t as difficult as it might seem to most people. It’s important to realize before we get into the meat of things that it does require a little effort from the searcher. Free criminal background checks online can be done using databases from local county courthouses, state public record databases, and city law enforcement officials departments. The drawback with using only localized criminal records is that you might miss criminal activity which might have occurred in another jurisdiction.

National vs Statewide Criminal Records Search: Which should I do?

Unless the criminal record searcher is very certain that the individual on whom the search is being done doesn't have any records in another state or county. It’s a good idea to run a nationwide scan to make sure nothing is missed. Using official local sources is going to produce the highest quality of arrest records but doing a nationwide criminal check will let you know which area’s to focus on. To do a national criminal records check use of a site like FreePeopleScan.com the instant scan gives an instant breakdown of an individual’s records and possible locations prior to requesting a payment of a total report.

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Free Arrest Records Gathering Explained.

As far as free criminal background check go. It’s going to be different from state to state in terms of how they exhibit criminal records data and if they charge for it. In this short tutorial I hoping to demonstrate the ideal approaches for locating official public criminal arrest reports free. We will be using a random state for this report. A arrest records check can perform this way in just about any state.

Are You Using Real Free Criminal Record Websites?

When searching for official local sources be certain you are truly working on real government web pages. Having the website address end with a .gov is certainly going to be genuine. You’re still going to get government websites which will use .us or .com. So browse around the site and make sure it’s an actual official source. Below the explanation on how to find criminal records we made a pretty extensive list of official sources at the state level.

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Why don’t we try to track down official state criminal records online in another state. Look for court records and prison records. I’m going to use Google and use keyword “court records some state” and looking out for a website that ends with a .gov or .us.
- Result for court records — https://courts.michigan.gov/opinions_orders/case_search/pages/default.aspx (as you can see the domain ends with a .gov)

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Let’s look into any free criminal records check sources we are able to find at the county level. I am going to utilize google search again and look for court records, sheriff’s records, and jail arrest inmate portals in Some County.
Outcome for “Some County court of clerks” — https://www.waynecounty.com/elected/clerk/records.aspx
Result for “Some County sheriff criminal public records” — https://www.waynecounty.com/county/foia-request-form.aspx
Results for “Some County inmate search” —http://www.sheriffconnect.com/operations/jails/search-jail-inmates.html

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Now lets search for free criminal background check reports at the city level.
Result for “Some police department of records” — https://detroitmi.gov/departments/police-department/detroit-police-department-records-and-reports
Results for “Some police inmate search” —http://www.sheriffconnect.com/operations/jails/search-jail-inmates.html

I believe there was enough free arrest resources gathered at least for one state in this article. When you have collected all of the public record directories you believe are needed in the region (Try to find them all). Have a first and last name ready and conduct your criminal records check search (note some states will ask for a payment). Just remember as I have mentioned above most of these directories is going to be state, county or city specific. I always recommend performing both local and national checks when doing criminal background checks. Utilize a webpage like FreePeopleScan.com and then locate local resources to have a more complete criminal background check online.

Official State Resources For Criminal Background Checks.

Alabama Arrest Records

Web based Lookup — Yes but only available for employers a county level check would need to be done| Cost— $95 annual | Turnaround Time — 4 to 6 weeks.

Url — https://www.alea.gov/sbi/criminal-justice-services/criminal-records/alabama-background-check

Alaska Arrest Records

Web based Lookup — No (only a quick overview is provided) | Cost — $20 for name search, $35 for fingerprint search, $48.25 for FBI Check | Turnaround Time — 5 days
Url — https://records.courts.alaska.gov/eaccess/home.page.2

Arizona Arrest Records

Web based Lookup — No | Cost — $5 per name search, $22 for state | Turnaround Time — 7 to 10 days
Url — https://www.azdps.gov/services/public/records/criminal

Arkansas Arrest Records

Web based Lookup — Yes for employers | Cost — $95 annual and $20 per search | Turnaround Time — Requests which are mailed will take about a week.
Url — https://www.ark.org/criminal/index.php

California Arrest Records (Its hard to check criminal records in California on anther individual but a person can request his or her own records)

Web based Lookup — No | Cost — 0 | Turnaround Time -
Url — https://oag.ca.gov/

Colorado Arrest Records

Web based Lookup — Yes | Cost — $6.25 per record (but need a prepayment of $200 and with that it’s more appropriate for larger organizations a county level check should be done) | Turnaround Time — Instant.
Url — https://www.cbirecordscheck.com/

Connecticut Arrest Records

Web based Lookup— No | Cost — $36 | Turnaround Time — 7 to 10 days
Url — https://portal.ct.gov/DESPP/Division-of-Emergency-Service-and-Public-Protection/Reports-and-Records/State-Police-Bureau-of-Identification

Delaware Arrest Records

Web based Lookup — No | Cost — $52 | Turnaround Time — 4 to 6 weeks
Url — https://dsp.delaware.gov/obtaining-a-certified-criminal-history/

Florida Arrest Records (for free criminal background check try searching by county)

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $24 | Turnaround Time — 5 days if mailed.
Url — http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Criminal-History-Records/Obtaining-Criminal-History-Information.aspx or https://cchinet.fdle.state.fl.us/search/app/default?0

Georgia Arrest Records (arrest background checks would need to be done at the local law enforcement level)

Web based lookup — No | Cost — 0 | Turnaround Time — 5 days
Url — https://gta.georgia.gov/georgia-felon-search

Hawaii Arrest Records

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $5 | Turnaround Time — mailed in public record 3–5 days
Url — https://ecrim.ehawaii.gov/ahewa/

Idaho Arrest Records

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $15 | Turnaround Time — Instant Online.
Url — https://iowacriminalhistory.iowa.gov/default.aspx

Illinois Arrest Records

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $10 per name check | Turnaround Time — Accounts take time to set up.
Url — https://chirp.isp.state.il.us/IdentityGuardAuth/IdentityGuardLogin.aspx

Indiana Arrest Records

Web based lookup — Yes but not complete| Cost — $15
Url — http://www.in.gov/ai/appfiles/isp-lch/

Iowa Arrest Records

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost— $15
Url — https://iowacriminalhistory.iowa.gov/default.aspx

Kansas Arrest Records

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $20
Url — https://www.kansas.gov/criminalhistory/

Kentucky Arrest Records

Web based lookup — No | Cost — $20 for general public | Turnaround Time — up to 10 business days
Url — http://kentuckystatepolice.org/background-checks/

Louisiana Arrest Records

Web based lookup — Yes for specially approved agencies | Turnaround Time — $26
Url — https://ibc.dps.louisiana.gov/program.aspx

Maine Arrest Records

Web based lookup— Yes | Cost — $21 to $35 | Turnaround Time — A couple of hours.
Url — https://www5.informe.org/online/pcr/

Maryland Arrest Records

Web based lookup — No | Cost — $18 | Turnaround Time — 10 to 15 days
Url — https://www.dpscs.state.md.us/publicservs/bgchecks.shtml

Massachusetts Arrest Records (iCORI, a service of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS))

Web based lookup — Yes for authorized persons | Price — $25 to $50
Url — https://icori.chs.state.ma.us/icori/ext/global/landing.action?page=1&bod=1557438036569&m=presentLanding

Michigan Arrest Records (ICHAT)

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $10
Url — https://apps.michigan.gov/

Minnesota Arrest Records (DPS) and (BCA)

Web based lookup— Yes | Cost — Free
Url — https://chs.state.mn.us/

Mississippi Arrest Records

Web based lookup — No | Cost — no fee but could cost $32 for reproduction
Url — https://www.dps.state.ms.us/crime-investigation/bureau-of-investigation/28808-2/

Missouri Arrest Records

Web based lookup — No | Cost — $3.75 | Turnaround Time — Can be immediate if done in person. 10 days via mail.
Url — http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/PRD/

Montana Arrest Records

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $20
Url — https://app.mt.gov/choprs/

Nebraska Arrest Records

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $15
Url — https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-nsp-limited-criminal

Nevada Arrest Records

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost— $20 | Employers and Authorized Companies.
Url — http://rccd.nv.gov/Services/Civil_Name_Check/

New Hampshire Arrest Records

Web based lookup — No | Cost — $25 per name | Turnaround Time— 7 days
Url — https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/jib/crimrecords/index.html

New Jersey Arrest Records (Doing a background check on yourself can be done via electronic live scan at an approved site)

Web based lookup — No | Cost — $20 | Turnaround Time — 5 to 10 days via mail
Url — https://www.njsp.org/criminal-history-records/

New Mexico Arrest Records

Web based lookup — No | Cost — $15 | Turnaround Time — 7 to 15 days
Url — https://www.dps.nm.gov/

New York Arrest Records (Search very restricted)

Web based lookup — No | Background Check searches must be done at the county court level.
Url — https://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/

North Carolina Arrest Records (Criminal records searches very restricted)

Web based lookup — No
Url — https://www.ncsbi.gov/

North Dakota Arrest Records

Web based lookup — No | Cost — $15 per name | Records presented onsite.
Url — https://attorneygeneral.nd.gov/public-safety/criminal-history-records

Ohio Arrest Records (Civilian Background Check WebCheck)

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — Free

Url — https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Business/Services-for-Business/WebCheck/WebCheck-letter-verifier

Oklahoma Criminal Records (ACHS Automated Criminal History System For Agencies and Companies)

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $15 | For customers who do 50 plus checks a week
Url — https://osbi.ok.gov/criminal-history/achs

Oregon Arrest Records

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $10
Url — https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/cjis/Pages/CCH.aspx

Pennsylvania Arrest Records (Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History Patch)

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $27
Url — https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Rhode Island Criminal Records

Web based lookup — No | Cost— $5
Url — http://www.riag.ri.gov/BCI/index.php#

South Carolina Criminal Records (Sled Catch)

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $26
Url — https://catch.sled.sc.gov/

South Dakota Criminal Records

Web based lookup— No | Cost — $24 | Turnaround Time — 5 to 10 days
Url — https://atg.sd.gov/LawEnforcement/Identification/default.aspx

Tennessee Arrest Records

Web based lookup — Yes but not interactive | Price — $29 | Turnaround Time — 2 to 3 days
Url — https://tbibackgrounds.tbi.tn.gov/Toris/

Texas Arrest Records (Texas DPS)

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $3
Url — https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DpsWebsite/index.aspx

Utah Criminal Records (Records not open to public unless someone wants to check their own records)

Web based lookup — No
Url — https://bci.utah.gov/

Vermont Criminal Records (VCCRIS)

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $30
Url — https://secure.vermont.gov/DPS/criminalrecords/

Virginia Criminal Records (NCJI System)

Web based lookup— Yes | Cost— $15 to $20
Url — http://www.vsp.virginia.gov/CJIS_NCJI.shtm

Washington Criminal Records (WSP)

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $12
Url — https://fortress.wa.gov/wsp/watch/

West Virginia Criminal Records (WV State Police Criminal Records Section)

Web based lookup — No | Cost — $28.85
Url — http://www.wvsp.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Wisconsin Criminal Records (WORCS)

Web based lookup — Yes | Cost — $7
Url — https://recordcheck.doj.wi.gov/

Wyoming Criminal Records

Web based lookup — No | Cost — $15 | Time Frame — 2 to 4 weeks by mail
Url — http://wyomingdci.wyo.gov/

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