Statewide Criminal Records Search

Statewide Criminal Searches

Record Contents:
Rules vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction regarding record contents, so every state doesn’t provide the exact same criminal records.   For example, the Colorado statewide repository tracks all incidents (arrests and convictions) for which legible fingerprints were received by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.  29 states provide criminal information covering the entire state.  The remaining states either do not have a statewide criminal data repository or have statutes/policies that restrict access to this information by any non-law enforcement agencies.  Information in others states is obtained from a variety of public sources including physical searches of major courthouses.

Information is usually available for the last seven years.  The FCRA provides that criminal information older than seven years may not be used for the purposes of employment. Juvenile records are generally not available through    your information broker.  If you need criminal records for a state which does not have a statewide search, please contact customer service for a quote.

Search Requirements:
• Name
• Date of Birth
• Social Security Number (if available)
See Criminal Reference Table below for additional requirements

Availability: See table below

Average Turnaround Time: See table below

Approx. $79.00

** Important note about this search:
States often do not offer a certified statewide search. The information in the resulting report is usually compiled from individual sources. Your information broker will probably not warrant the accuracy or comprehensiveness of these records, nor their completeness. Records are retrieved from databases rather than directly from court records. As a result there may be data missing due to circumstances beyond the information source's control, including but not limited to typos, lack of availability, misplaced records, etc. Though things are improving, not all counties / states have electronically archived all records for all dates. Hence, this report may or may not be a complete criminal history. If you need to be know with a higher level of certainty, we recommend doing a county level search as well, using a court researcher to physically search the court house records as it is generally speaking the only true "hand" search of such records and the most accurate way to proceed.

It is useful to know that information contained in such a report is derived from public records which are not always 100% accurate or complete. Employment evaluation should not be based solely on search results from such a report. For example, for a positive ID, a fingerprint search would be needed rather than a name and ate of birth match, as there could be false positive matches. Further disposition inquiries should be directed to the reporting agency.


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