State & Local Programs

Statewide Criminal Background Check Resources

Important Notes:

Statewide criminal record repositories are collections of records reported from the counties within a given state. Some states provide extensive criminal record information while others are more limited. State records may not cover all counties in the state, and some state record systems contain only felony information. They usually contain less information than county court records, and it generally takes longer for the records to be recorded in the state systems. Some states only provide information about current prison inmates, not all convictions.

States now have online access to information about criminal background checks and most allow online public access to statewide criminal records information. Fees vary, and access may require a specific authorization form and/or specific identifying information such as full name, address, date of birth, social security number, and county of residence.

Information provided by a statewide record system may be incomplete due to limited date ranges or the limited number of courts and offenses for which records are maintained. "Offender" or "inmate" searches are generally limited to individuals who were sentenced to state prison. As with all record searches, it is critical to understand what information your search has the capacity to generate.

All states now allow online access to sex offender registries (SORs) but information provided through these registries may also be limited.  

Link to the national registry or individual state sites through the Department of Justice website

See a list of state child abuse registries provided by the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (269 KB PDF)

Record Searches by State

The information below includes state by state links to online resources for inmate and/or criminal record searches. Unless otherwise indicated the link is for criminal background check information. The information was current as of spring 2013. Websites may have since changed. 

Alabama
http://background.alabama.gov/

Alaska
http://www.dps.state.ak.us/Statewide/background/

Arizona
http://www.supreme.state.az.us/publicaccess/default.htm

Arkansas
http://www.stategovrecords.com/lp.php?state=Arkansas&tc=sr48&sk=Criminal

California
http://www.ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/

Colorado
https://www.cbirecordscheck.com 

Connecticut
http://www.state.ct.us/dps/SPBI.htm

Delaware:
http://www.state.de.us/dsp/sbi.htm

District of Columbia
http://www.criminalbackgroundrecords.com/state-criminal-records-public-record/dc-washington-criminal-background-records-criminal-record-search.html

Florida
Criminal records: http://www.fdle.state.fl.us/CriminalHistory/
Offender search. http://www.dc.state.fl.us/inmateinfo/inmateinfomenu.asp

Georgia
http://gbi.georgia.gov/00/channel_modifieddate/0,2096,67862954_67866875,00.html

Hawaii
https://ecrim.ehawaii.gov/ahewa/

Idaho
https://chu.dhw.idaho.gov/

Illinois
Criminal records: http://www.isp.state.il.us/crimhistory/crimhistoryhome.cfm
Offender search:  http://www.idoc.state.il.us/subsections/search/default.asp

Indiana
http://www.in.gov/ai/appfiles/isp-lch/

Iowa
http://www.dps.state.ia.us/DCI/supportoperations/crimhistory/obtain_records.shtml

Kansas
Criminal records: http://www.kansas.gov/kbi/criminalhistory/
Offender search: http://www.doc.ks.gov/kasper/

Kentucky
http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/background_check_forms.htm

Louisiana
http://wwwprd.doa.louisiana.gov/LaServices/PublicPages/ServiceDetail.cfm?service_id=3386

Maine
http://www.informe.org/PCR/

Maryland
http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=criminal

Massachusetts
http://www.state.ma.us/chsb/cori/cori_cert.html $30.

Michigan
http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1589_1878_8311-16223--,00.html

Minnesota
Criminal records: https://cch.state.mn.us/
Offender search: http://www.doc.state.mn.us/publicviewer/main.asp

Mississippi
http://www.dps.state.ms.us/dps/dps.nsf/divpages/ss2app?OpenDocument

Missouri
http://www.mshp.dps.mo.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/CRID/crimRecChk.html

Montana
http://www.doj.mt.gov/enforcement/criminaljustice/backgroundchecks.asp

Nebraska
http://nebraskaccess.ne.gov/sexoffender.asp

Nevada 
http://nvrepository.state.nv.us/

New Hampshire
http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/ssb/crimrecords/

New Jersey
http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/about/serv_chrc.html

New Mexico
http://www.dps.nm.org/index.php/criminal-history-records/

New York
Criminal records: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/apps/chrs/
Offender search: http://nysdoccslookup.doccs.ny.gov/kinqw00

North Carolina
Criminal records: http://www.nccourts.org/Citizens/GoToCourt/Default.asp?topic=1
Offender search: http://webapps.doc.state.nc.us/apps/offender_servlets/menu1

North Dakota
http://www.ag.state.nd.us/bci/chr/chr.html

Ohio
http://www.ocjs.ohio.gov/background_check.stm

Oklahoma
http://www.ok.gov/osbi/Criminal_History/index.html

Oregon
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/ID/public_records.shtml

Pennsylvania
https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Rhode Island
http://courtconnect.courts.state.ri.us/pls/ri_adult/ck_public_qry_main.cp_main_idx

South Carolina
http://www.sled.sc.gov/CATCHHome.aspx?MenuID=CATCH

South Dakota
http://www.dci.sd.gov/Operations/Identification/BackgroundCheckRequirements.aspx

Tennessee
Criminal records:http://www.tbi.state.tn.us/background_checks/toris.shtml
Offender search: https://apps.tn.gov/foil/foil_index.jsp;jsessionid=0FE14B6D50CC9206B5E635EBF8BEBC84.portalprod7

Texas
https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DPS_WEB/Portal/index.aspx?Redirected

Utah
http://www.utcourts.gov/records/

Vermont
http://dps.vermont.gov/

Virginia
http://www.vsp.state.va.us/CJIS_Criminal_Record_Check.shtm

Washington
http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/crimhist.htm

West Virginia
http://www.criminalbackgroundrecords.com/state-criminal-records-public-record/wv-west-virginia-criminal-background-records-criminal-record-search.html#

Wisconsin
http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/crimback.asp

Wyoming
http://attorneygeneral.state.wy.us/dci/chc.html

 

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