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How To Get a Free Background Check Online (Nationwide Government and FBI Background Checks)

September 29, 2020 GMT

Los Angeles, California - ( NewMediaWire ) - September 29, 2020 - According to PWC’s Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey for 2020, over 47% of respondents reported that they had experienced fraud in the past two years. The top four types were: customer fraud, cybercrime, asset misappropriation, and bribery and corruption. 

It’s no wonder more people are looking for ways to perform a free nationwide background check on customers, colleagues, and even potential partners. 

It is possible to conduct a free partial background check through various resources that are managed by government agencies. These include criminal records, financial assets, any police arrests, court appearances, traffic fines, and professional license records. 

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But, the amount of information is state-dependent and can either be accessed online or via a special portal at the local courthouse. The downside is that this process can be time-consuming and might not reveal all the information that’s required to make an informed decision. 

Because of these limitations, online services that gather information from all the government agencies as well as online sources are becoming more popular. 

In this review by PerfomInsider, you will learn the steps to conduct a free partial background check in each state as well as how to use an online service to provide a comprehensive report in a couple of minutes.

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Why Is a Nationwide Background Check Important?

On average, individuals relocate every 5½ years. If they move to a different state, that state will begin to collect any records and information on that person. This can be challenging if someone is wanting to gather background information on a person that extends over a long time. They would need to work through each and every set of state records. 

Sometimes, individuals require a search on their own records and this can be done via a state portal. At the end of this article, we have compiled a list of the resources in each state in order to do this. 

But, there is an easier and more cost-effective way. Not only will it save time but the report will be far more comprehensive than a general search. 

How to Conduct a Comprehensive Background Check

InfoTracer is an online service that gives their customers access to over 2 billion records. The background check is anonymous which means that customers can safely vet colleagues, potential employees, employers, business partners, and even family members. 

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The only information that is required is the person’s first and last name, city (optional), and state.

The company uses top search engines to crawl nationwide government databases and records, online activity (including a deep web scan), and more. It then compiles a detailed report on the person. This includes:

- Background check report: Includes personal details, address, occupation, contact info, etc.

- Address history

- Assets

- Criminal records

- Phone numbers

- Social profiles

- Online activity

- Photos and videos

- Friends and relatives

- Public records

- Email addresses

- Bankruptcies, liens, and judgments

- Warrants

- Pictures

For only $19.95 per month, users can access unlimited reports in just a couple of minutes. This is much more affordable and way quicker than using government portals as shown in the list at the end of this article. 

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Can You Do a 100% Free Background Search Online?

It is possible to conduct a 100% free background search. But, be warned, it is time-consuming. 

Step 1 - Identify the appropriate state and county

Before starting a search, it is important to use the correct state. This is where the challenge comes in because if the person has moved from state to state, each location will need to be searched individually. 

Step 2 - Search for “[name of state] county clerk of court records.”

Step 3 - Find the official county portal in the search results. 

There will be quite a few pages in the search results. Look for the official page and double-check that it is correct. There may well be “fake” county pages. 

This process will have to be repeated for every county and state that the person has lived in. This is why many people prefer to use a service like InfoTracer that does the work for them. 

Can You Run a Criminal Background Check for Free?

It is possible to run a criminal background check by using portals from the state correctional department and the local sheriff’s office. Here’s how to do so:

1. Search for “[name of state] corrections inmate.”

For example, when searching Nevada, enter “Nevada Corrections Inmate.” This should bring up the official state prison portal. 

2. Enter the person’s first and last name, plus the city. 

This will give access to his or her criminal records instantaneously and free. (Note some states might require a small fee to do this.)

How Do I Do a Background Check on Myself for Free?

Many people don’t see why they should do a background check on themselves. However, it’s a good idea to do so in certain circumstances. For instance, if someone is applying for a new job, he or she may want to check their background to make sure that there are no issues. 

Identity theft is also on the rise, so it’s best to make sure that one’s own background information is correct. If there are any issues, it is possible to rectify this with the relevant department. 

Here is how to do a self-check:

Step 1: Run a record check 

Individuals can use this website https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks to look into FBI background checks. This service is government provided and can be used by anyone in the USA to access and vet their records on a nationwide scale. Once the required details have been entered, this system will analyze them with government records.

Step 2: Conduct a free state/county background search 

Many court records can be viewed by the public. Simply go to the regional, state, or federal agencies to get them. However, bear in mind that in some states like California, regular residents can’t obtain complete criminal records. But, records showing misdemeanor, criminal offense convictions, felony, etc. are available to the public. 

Additionally, since court arrest reports can lead to several jurisdictions, it’s wise for an individual to check in every county/state that they have lived in. Search online for “your state records” or “your county clerk of courts” to check for local county records.

Can You Carry a Free Background Check with No Credit Card?

Many people want to know whether it’s possible to conduct free background searches without a credit card. Well, as mentioned background checks that don’t require credit cards are a complicated way of finding individual information. 

Sources include local court records, an online catalog of previous dockets in criminal and civil law courts, or a locational general access terminal at the courts. Not all states have this facility, but those who do offer this service are generally for free. 

Free Self-check Background Sources

Individuals can do a free background search on themselves online. But, because there are many sites, identifying legit ones becomes quite challenging. 

Below, we have listed official sites for both free and paid background searches in all states. 

These sites are at the statewide level and charge reasonable amounts for searching. But, for those who want a totally free background check, court records are the best bet to find a person’s criminal and civil records. That said, let’s take a look at these sites.

Alabama

Employers can conduct an online search using this website https://www.alea.gov/sbi/criminal-justice-services/criminal-records/alabama-background-check for an annual price of $95, which takes between 4-6 weeks. 

Individuals can also do a free background search at the county level here: 

https://sheriffsdepartment.net/alabama-background-check-and-public-records/. 

This is a secure website that allows employers to get updated comprehensive records for current and prospective employees who stay or have stayed in Alabama.

Alaska

https://dps.alaska.gov/Statewide/R-I/Background/Home is the official website to use. But it’s  only a summary of a person’s record. 

One can conduct a name search, fingerprint search, and an FBI check for $20, $35, and $48.25 respectively. The process takes about 5 days. 

For free searches, use: https://records.courts.alaska.gov/eaccess/home.page.2. 

But, note that there’s no access to published cases since statute or court rule requires some particular cases to be blocked from being accessed online.

Arkansas

Online searches are for employers who pay a yearly fee of $95 and $20/search on https://www.ark.org/criminal/index.php. 

Mailed requests take about 2 weeks. 

Also, https://caseinfo.arcourts.gov/cconnect/PROD/public/ck_public_qry_main.cp_main_idx offers free background check services.

Arizona

Users will pay $5 for a name search and $22 state. Results will take 7-10 days on https://www.azdps.gov/services/public/records/criminal  

For non-paid searches, use https://apps.supremecourt.az.gov/publicaccess/caselookup.aspx 

California

Although it’s an extremely restrictive state, persons can still check their background records for free via https://oag.ca.gov/ or https://sheriffsdepartment.net/california-background-check-and-public-records/ at the county level.

Colorado

Users will pay $6.25/record to get instant feedback using this site: https://www.cbirecordscheck.com/.

Individuals can also run free background checks on https://www.courts.state.co.us/dockets/.

Connecticut

For $36, users will get an individual’s records on this site https://portal.ct.gov/DESPP/Division-of-Emergency-Service-and-Public-Protection/Reports-and-Records/.... within 7-10 days. 

For non-paid searches: https://www.jud.ct.gov/crim.htm.

Delaware

Background checks in this state are a bit costly, that is, $52 via https://dsp.delaware.gov/obtaining-a-certified-criminal-history/. They take 4-6 weeks. 

However, https://courts.delaware.gov/docket.aspx offers free checks.

Florida

Those who want free background checks should search by counties on this website http://onlinedocketsdca.flcourts.org/. 

But, paid searches are available for $24 on http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/Criminal-History-Records/Obtaining-Criminal-History-Information.aspx and take 5 days if mailed.

Georgia

Checks should be done at the local law enforcement office. They’re free and take about 5 days. Individuals can use these sites https://gta.georgia.gov/georgia-felon-search and https://www.peachcourt.com/.

Iowa

Individuals pay $15 for searches on https://iowacriminalhistory.iowa.gov/default.aspx but free checks are also available on this site 

https://www.iowacourts.state.ia.us/ESAWebApp/SelectFrame.

Hawaii

The official site is https://ecrim.ehawaii.gov/ahewa/ that charges $5 for an online search. Results are mailed in public records and take 3-5 days. But use https://www.courts.state.hi.us/ for non-paid searches.

Idaho

Get instant results for searches using this site https://iowacriminalhistory.iowa.gov/default.aspx. But that will cost $15. 

However, https://mycourts.idaho.gov/odysseyportal is the best platform for those who don’t want to spend.

Illinois

A name check will cost $10 on this website  https://chirp.isp.state.il.us/IdentityGuardAuth/IdentityGuardLogin.aspx

But, https://www.judici.com/ offers free checks. Also, note that accounts take time to set up. Therefore, this slows down the process.

Indiana

Online searches are available but extremely limited. They cost $15 on http://www.in.gov/ai/appfiles/isp-lch/. 

For unpaid, use this site https://www.doxpop.com/prod/.

Kansas

Non-paid background searches are available at the county level on https://sheriffsdepartment.net/kansas-background-check-and-public-records/. 

But companies can also pay $20 on https://www.kansas.gov/criminalhistory/ for an extensive check.

Kentucky

There’s no online search and the general public pays $20 for searches that take up to 10 business days to be completed on this site http://kentuckystatepolice.org/background-checks/. 

Free checks are also available here https://kcoj.kycourts.net/kyecourts/login/guestlogin.

Louisiana

Online searches are only available for authorized agencies and cost $26 on https://ibc.dps.louisiana.gov/program.aspx. 

But, https://sheriffsdepartment.net/louisiana-background-check-and-public-records/ offers free checks at the country level.

Maine

Companies pay $21-$35 on https://www5.informe.org/online/pcr/ for paid searches which take some hours to be completed. 

But https://sheriffsdepartment.net/maine-background-check-and-public-records/ offers free checks at the county level.

Maryland

It’ll cost $18 to conduct a search on https://www.dpscs.state.md.us/publicservs/bgchecks.shtml. 

Results usually take 10-15 days. But those who don’t want to pay can run free checks using this site http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/casesearch/inquiry-index.jsp.

Massachusetts

Searches are only available to authorized individuals and cost $25-$50 using this site https://icori.chs.state.ma.us/icori/ext/global/landing.action?page=1&bod=1557438036569&m=presentLand...

Free checks are also available on http://www.masscourts.org/eservices/home.page;jsessionid=04009A23C2E108C822FFED40E11D36A1.

Michigan (ICHAT)

Charges are $10 on https://apps.michigan.gov/ but you can also conduct free checks on https://micourt.courts.michigan.gov/CaseSearch/Terms.

Minnesota (DPS $ BCA)

Prices for background searches are free on both these sites https://chs.state.mn.us/ and http://www.mncourts.gov/Access-Case-Records.aspx.

Mississippi

There’s no fee charged but reproduction can cost $32 on https://www.dps.state.ms.us/crime-investigation/bureau-of-investigation/28808-2/. 

Those who prefer free searches can do them here https://sheriffsdepartment.net/mississippi-background-check-and-public-records/ on the county level.

Missouri

Individuals can’t conduct an online search but they can pay $3.75 for searching here http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/PRD/. 

Results can be immediate if the search is done in person. But via mail, they take up to 10 days.

Montana

You’ll pay $20 for online checks on this website https://app.mt.gov/choprs/. 

But, free checks are also available via https://sheriffsdepartment.net/montana-background-check-and-public-records/ at the county level.

Nebraska

Conducting an online background check will cost $15 on this website https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-nsp-limited-criminal

However, users can opt for non-paid searches on https://sheriffsdepartment.net/nebraska-background-check-and-public-records/ but they’re only available at the county level.

New Jersey

One can do a background search on themselves via an electronic live scan on an approved site. This state official website is https://www.njsp.org/criminal-history-records/. 

The cost of searching is $20. Results take 5-10 days and are sent via mail. 

There is also a https://ecourts.judiciary.state.nj.us/webe4/ExternalPGPA/ where individuals can run free background checks.

New Hampshire

For a non-paid search, use https://ecourts.judiciary.state.nj.us/webe4/ExternalPGPA/. 

But companies can also pay $25/name for an extensive check on https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/jib/crimrecords/index.html. However, it takes 7 days to get the report.

Nevada

Employers and authorized companies can do an online search using http://rccd.nv.gov/Services/Civil_Name_Check/ that costs $20. 

However, individuals can also do free checks at the county level here https://sheriffsdepartment.net/nevada-background-check-and-public-records/.

New Mexico

Individuals can’t conduct an online search. And for a price of $15 they can do a paid search here https://www.dps.nm.gov/. Results usually take 7-15 days. 

Additionally, one can run free checks on https://caselookup.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app.

North Carolina

There’s no online search and searches for someone’s criminal records are totally restricted. The official site is https://www.ncsbi.gov/ but one can also run free checks on https://www.nccourts.gov/locations.

North Dakota

Records are presented on site. Therefore, individuals can’t run an online search. The official website for this state is https://attorneygeneral.nd.gov/public-safety/criminal-history-records and it costs $15. 

Alternatively, individuals can use https://publicsearch.ndcourts.gov/default.aspx for conducting searches for free.

New York

Background checks are very restricted and must be done at the county court level. 

For free searches use this site https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/webcivil/ecourtsMain but https://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ is New York’s official website.

Ohio

Individuals can do a free check using this website https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Business/Services-for-Business/WebCheck/WebCheck-letter-verifier. 

Additionally, https://sheriffsdepartment.net/ohio-background-check-and-public-records/ also allows free background checks at the county level.

Oklahoma  

This state has an automated criminal history system for companies and agencies. Online searches cost $15 for individuals that order more than 50 checks per week on this site https://osbi.ok.gov/criminal-history/achs. 

But, it’s also possible to conduct a free background check on https://www1.odcr.com/.

Oregon

Individuals can conduct a free background check using this website https://webportal.courts.oregon.gov/portal/ or they can also pay only $10 on https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/cjis/Pages/CCH.aspx to get a person’s data.

Pennsylvania

Individuals can access a person’s criminal history records by doing an online paid search here https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp for $27 or a free check via https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/ website.

Rhode Island

Although there isn’t an online search, for a price of $5, individuals can do a paid background check using this website http://www.riag.ri.gov/BCI/index.php. 

Alternatively, individuals can also opt for free searches on this website https://publicportal.courts.ri.gov/PublicPortal.

South Carolina (Sled Catch)

Individuals can conduct paid online searches at $26 here https://catch.sled.sc.gov/. But, if they don’t want to spend, then use this site: https://www.sccourts.org/caseSearch/.

South Dakota

There aren’t online searches. But paid ones take between 5-10 days for a price of $24 on this site https://atg.sd.gov/LawEnforcement/Identification/default.aspx. 

One can again do free searches using https://sheriffsdepartment.net/south-dakota-background-check-and-public-records/ at the country level.

Tennessee

While individuals can conduct an online search, it is not that interactive. The official website for is https://tbibackgrounds.tbi.tn.gov/Toris/ and they’ll have to pay $29. 

Search results take 2-3 days. There is also a website for free search; https://tennesseecasefinder.com/.

Texas (Texas DPS)

Individuals can do online searches for $3 here https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DpsWebsite/index.aspx or free ones using this site http://idocket.com/homepage2.htm.

Utah

Unfortunately, individuals can’t access someone else’s records. But they can check their own. There are no online searches on https://bci.utah.gov/. But, individuals can conduct free searches at the county level using this official website https://sheriffsdepartment.net/utah-background-check-and-public-records/.

Vermont (VCCRIS)

An online search costs $30 on this site https://secure.vermont.gov/DPS/criminalrecords/. But, residents can also do free searches here https://secure.vermont.gov/vtcdas/user.

Virginia (NCJI System)

Individuals can do both free and paid searches on these websites https://sheriffsdepartment.net/virginia-background-check-and-public-records/, http://www.vsp.virginia.gov/CJIS_NCJI.shtm, respectively. For online searches, one pays $15-$20.

Washington WSP

Individuals can conduct free background checks using this site https://odysseyportal.courts.wa.gov/odyportal or opt for paid searches on this website https://fortress.wa.gov/wsp/watch/ that will cost $12.

Wisconsin (WORCS)

Individuals can do an online search here https://recordcheck.doj.wi.gov/at a price of $7. Those who want free searches can also do them on https://wcca.wicourts.gov/.

West Virginia- State Police Criminal Records Section

The fee for an online search is $28.85 on http://www.wvsp.gov/Pages/default.aspx. Unfortunately, there are no free searches.

Wyoming

Unfortunately, there are no free searches but, the price for paid checks is affordable. Users will pay $15 on this site http://wyomingdci.wyo.gov/ for their search. Results take approximately 2-4 weeks.

Final Thoughts

Background checks are crucial for those who want to find out information about a person. Sure, they can be off-putting, but they’re an excellent way of verifying a person’s identity and to prevent crimes such as fraud and identity theft. Job hunters would do well to conduct a comprehensive search on themselves to make sure that potential employers will not find any information that may hinder their chances of finding employment. 

As shown, it is possible to conduct a background check in each state as well as a limited criminal check. However, many of these resources are time-consuming and costly. Companies like InfoTracer offer a far more detailed report in a couple of minutes. For less than $20 a month, individuals and companies can access unlimited reports that have comprehensive information that can help them make an informed decision about that person. 

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