How to Find Out if Someone Has a DUI

By Wayne Thomas ; Updated April 09, 2017
Drunk Driving
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Being arrested or convicted of driving under the influence will lead to a criminal record that is visible to the public. However, your ability to locate these records often depends on what information you already have and how accessible the criminal history entries are in the jurisdiction where you believe the person may have been issued a DUI.

Gathering the Information

To locate a DUI record, you need to know some basic information about the individual, such as his full name, current and previous addresses, and date of birth. If you do not have this information at hand, some websites, such as Merlin Information Systems, will help you track it down for a fee, or you can hire a private investigator to find it for you.

Public Databases

After you have the basic information, you can start searching public databases. There is no national record center available to the public, and the quality of the search engines varies from location to location. If you know the state or county where the record might be located, you can check whether the state legislature or county court website has a database to search, or you may make your request in person. You may have to pay a fee for this service.

Private Companies

If you do not find the information you need after an exhaustive search, you may want to contact a professional background check company. These companies often have greater resources at their disposal and may be able to uncover more details related to a person's criminal history than is available online.

About the Author

Wayne Thomas earned his J.D. from Penn State University and has been practicing law since 2008. He has experience writing about environmental topics, music and health, as well as legal issues. Since 2011, Thomas has also served as a contributing editor for the "Vermont Environmental Monitor."