Statewide Criminal Records Search
The Statewide Criminal Search accesses individual states Department of Justice criminal repository information.
Statewide Search Availability and Fees Schedule- Due to each state having a different fee structure, we suggest you call us first to get current Fee Schedule.
Process of Statewide Searches
The availability, quality, cost and turnaround time of Statewide search data varies dramatically between states. While the processing of a Statewide search (versus a County Courthouse search) offers wider geographic coverage area, it must be recognized that State Central Repositories receive their criminal record information and updates from local law enforcement agencies, and the courts within each state.
Procedures by which records are supposed to be forwarded to the state central repositories could be subject to manpower shortages, lengthy transmission delays, local privacy statutes, and the lack of enforcement authority.
While a Statewide search is available in all states but California, we focus on utilizing a limited number of statewide repositories, which provide the proper balance of the following four characteristics:
Turnaround time – Many states have turnaround times that exceed 3 business days. We only recommend those states with an average turnaround time of 3 business days or less.
Limited barriers to access – Some states require notarized authorizations, fingerprints, or have other equally restrictive policies. We also recommend the use of those statewide repositories, which do not require unreasonable or unobtainable information.
Reasonable out of pocket expenses – Statewide repository out of pocket expenses can exceed $65 per name searched. A-Check focuses its use to those states with more reasonable fees, which average approximately $10-15.
Taking into account factors including coverage area, data integrity/completeness, record access requirements and turnaround time (less than 3 work days), We recommend the following states for those clients wishing to utilize a Statewide Criminal Records search: