Nationwide Criminal Record Database Search

Nationwide Criminal Record Database Search

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A Nationwide Criminal Record Database Search is a comprehensive search that provides access to the largest criminal database available with millions of offense records. It is a valuable information resource that may identify convictions in jurisdictions not identified in a Social Security number trace or Credit Report, especially if the subject did not reside in the county and it does not appear in their address history.

It is important to first note that there is no such thing as a truly complete, fully automated national index of criminal records in the United States. This is a misconception that has been proliferated in large part by websites claiming to offer free, instant, criminal searches in all fifty states.

Because no federal law imposes standards for collecting, indexing, and using criminal records, the quality of records varies greatly from state to state. In addition, not every jurisdiction has an automated index set up, requiring hand searches for criminal (and civil) cases.

What areas then, does a nationwide criminal record database search cover?

It covers court records in thirty-one states (although not every county in each of those states is covered and many records are historical), department of correction records in forty-two states, and arrest logs in twenty-two states.

A nationwide criminal record database search can still be very useful in identifying criminal records that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. In cases where budget is an important factor, a relatively inexpensive nationwide search can identify records in jurisdictions where the client may not have requested a county specific criminal record search.

Further, performing county specific hand searches in each jurisdiction where an individual has resided with a search period covering the entire time they resided in each jurisdiction can be prohibitively expensive and time consuming.

Court records are available from these states

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

To the extent they allow outside access and to the degree they update and input information provided in their databases, we diligently obtain Department of Corrections records from as many locations as possible.

Department of Corrections records are available from these states

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Arrest log records are much like court records; there are wide variances in the way different agencies make this information available. Some states prohibit the sale of such information, entirely; others allow limited access to arrest records, and still others do a very good job of providing us access. Our Nationwide Criminal Records Search is granted at least partial access in most states.

Arrest log records are available from these states

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

Additional records and new jurisdictions are added regularly, making this search increasingly viable at indentifying criminal records. Again, this is no substitute for a complete hand search of County, State and Federal Court and arrest records, but when you need to know everything that is readily available, this search can make very good sense.