How To Find Someone’s Criminal Record

How To Find Someone's Criminal Record OnlineFinding someone’s criminal record isn’t as hard as you may think. Thanks to the internet, you can learn a lot about someone without ever leaving your office chair.

If you want to know more about the process of finding someone’s criminal record information, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our ultimate guide to finding anyone’s criminal record.

The National Driver Register
(NDR) And The DMV

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) keeps a record of every driver in the United States. It’s called the National Driver Register (NDR).

Anyone – yes, even you – can browse through those records to find someone with a registered driver’s license in the country.

The NDR is part of the National Center for Statistics and Analysis. You can look through the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS) to find information about individuals whose drivers’ licenses have been revoked, suspended, canceled, or denied. Anyone who has been convicted of a serious traffic offense will also show up.

Driver License IdentityWhether your target has a compromised driving record or not, the NDR provides valuable information about someone. You can search through the NDR to find all of the following information about someone:


-Date of birth


-Driver’s license number

-Reporting state

Basically, you get all of the same information you would see if you took a picture of someone’s driver’s license (aside from their physical characteristics).

Meanwhile, the DMV knows more about you than virtually any of the other government agencies. They keep track of a lot of personal information: from your criminal records to your marriage and divorce certificates.

The only thing that doesn’t pop up when you search for someone through the DMV is their “confidential information”, which includes home address, home telephone number, physical/mental information, social security number, and photograph. Aside from this, a surprising amount of personal information is readily accessible by anyone.

To get in touch with the DMV in your state and request someone’s record, visit this link:

That takes you to the NDR homepage. Just click on the “Contact information for State Departments of Motor Vehicles” link on the right-hand side of the page. You’ll automatically start to download a PDF document with your state’s DMV contact information.

From there, contact your state’s DMV (or the DMV in your target’s state) and request the record of anyone you want to learn more about.

Your Local Town Hall, City Hall, Or County Courthouse.

County CourthouseCriminal record check processes vary widely across the United States.
But one thing is common: you can always find information at your local town hall, city hall, or courthouse. These administrative organizations keep criminal records for all cases that have occurred within their administrative area. They’re trusted with keeping public records. Part of that responsibility is providing public records to the, well, public.

Using this method, you’re able to access anybody’s public record.

That doesn’t mean checking someone’s criminal record is easy with this method. You’ll often run into roadblocks. In North Carolina, you may encounter the Public Records Law, for example. in Maryland, they have the Public Information Act.

Certain states also make this process notoriously difficult. Florida, for example, may force you to deal with three different government laws, including the Statutory Public Records, Statutory Public Meetings, and Judicial Access Decisional Law.

Ultimately, your local town hall or county courthouse handles criminal record checks all the time. If you contact that organization, they’ll be able to tell you what you need to do, who you need to call, and how you need to proceed with your criminal record check.

Submitting A Request Through The FBI

The FBI provides criminal record checks – although they’re only available if you’re checking your own criminal record.

The FBI calls this your “Identity History Summary”, although it’s better known as your criminal record. It’s specifically defined as “a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions kept by the FBI and related to arrests.”

You can submit a criminal record check request here through the FBI.

Using The Freedom of Information Act To Learn More About Someone

The last and best way to check someone’s criminal record is to submit a request to the US government citing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

There’s a reason this act exists: it’s to promote transparency in the government. Agencies are hesitant to deny a FOIA request (unless you’ve stumbled upon something really secretive). Even if information may not appear to be accessible to the general public, you can often get past this barrier with a FOIA request.

Keep in mind that the FOIA also allows agencies to block a certain request. One of the most-likely reasons your request would be denied is if it’s an “unreasonable invasion of privacy”. In other cases, you’ll only receive a partial answer to your request.

Checking Someone’s Record May Not Be As Hard As You Think

Remember: criminal records are public records. You’re a member of the public. In most cases, the only thing preventing you from learning more about someone’s criminal record is a little hard work and a bit of time.

Top 7 Commonly Asked Questions About Criminal Record Checks

Here at Check Criminal Record, we get plenty of questions from customers about all different aspects of searching criminal records. We’re happy to answer all emails! But to make things easier for everyone, we’ve gathered some of our most common criminal record check questions here.

1) How Long Will It Take to Get a Criminal Record Check in My State?

Public Records StorageGetting a criminal record check varies between states. Remember that different states have different rules regarding how criminal records are stored and who has access to those records.

Some of our searches can be completed in a matter of minutes. Others can take several weeks to fully uncover the truth.

California, for example, is one state where background checks take a particularly long time. The state of California has 58 different courts, all of which allow employers to conduct criminal record checks on future employees. However, when you make a request in one court in California, all counties in the state must use a court researcher to retrieve the entire record. This can cause lengthy delays while a court researcher takes the time to comb through records across all requests.

California isn’t the only state where records take a long time: New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Nevada also require the use of court researchers.

Keep in mind that you cannot use our service to determine someone’s employability (or for any other reason that would require FCRA compliance) because we are not a Consumer Reporting Agency.

2) Does My County Require a Court Researcher?

Court ResearcherCourt researchers are on their way out of the system across America. Today, automated search programs speed up the record recovery process. Nevertheless, many counties still require the use of a court researcher. This varies widely from county to county. However, the number of courts requiring court researchers is certainly dwindling as more and more courts automate their records.

Fewer court researchers means an easier and faster recovery process for our team. However, in cases where records are pulled automatically, our team will still double check to make sure the automated search returned results as complete as any manual search – so all your bases are covered.

3) Should I Request a Country-wide Search or Search in Specific States and Counties?

Some people use criminal record search services to identify a specific crime. They may know where the exact crime was committed, or where the public records are stored. Say, if someone has lived in one county for their entire lives, then you know that their marriage certificates, divorce records, and other public records are probably stored in that county.

On the other hand, most people want to get the full report on someone. Maybe the individual committed a crime while they were on vacation in Hawaii. Maybe they’ve moved around a lot. There are all sorts of good reasons to perform a countrywide criminal records search. If you only search in a specific state or county, then you may be missing a significant chunk of that person’s history.

4) What Are the Advantages of a County Records Search?

The major advantage of a county search is that county courthouses contain the most up-to-date records. Crimes and charges are processed at the county courthouse first. When you ask a county courthouse for a criminal record check, they’ll return the most up-to-date data.

State records are still fairly up-to-date, although it may take some time to process data from county courthouses.

On the other hand, some states and regions will block county records searches, in which case a state search is your only option.

5) What’s More Expensive? State Searches or County Searches?

The costs of public records searches vary widely across America. Sometimes, state searches are more expensive. In other cases, county searches are more expensive. It depends on the fees charged by the court, including processing fees.

6) How Do You Ensure You Found the Complete Criminal Record?

We’re proud of our team of researchers and of our proprietary search program. Find Criminal RecordsTogether, they’re among the best in the country at finding criminal records. If a public record is out there and legally accessible, they’ll find it. To ensure complete accuracy, our team works in the following ways:

-We search through thousands of data sources and 34 billion public records across the United States, telling us whether or not a crime has been committed in a jurisdiction where the individual is living (or has previously lived)

-Next, we search nationwide (or statewide, depending on your request) to see if crimes have been committed by the individual in other counties or states where they have never lived (say, if they were working or traveling and committed a crime).

-Our proprietary technology searches through over 2,000 more third party booking and incarceration websites to ensure we haven’t missed anything

-We double check our findings with the county court records to ensure authenticity. County courts have access to over 75% of all US criminal records, so they’re a good primary source of information about the candidate.

7) How Accurate Are Criminal Records Checks?

No criminal record check service will guarantee 100% authenticity or 100% accuracy. In some cases, this is the fault of the person checking the criminal record. But in many cases, it’s actually the fault of the source itself. A court may have entered a digit wrong in the date of birth, for example, causing records to get mixed up or return inaccurate results.

Among criminal background check services, Check Criminal Record is considered to be among the most-accurate available online today.