How to Find Whether a Person Is Wanted by the Police

By Faizah Imani - Updated June 21, 2017
Man calls to request a background check

Whether you hire workers or you are a person who wants to check out your dates, there will come a time when you will need to perform a criminal background check. The criminal background check contains information gathered from the FBI, as well as state-specific databases. The check can help you determine whether the person you are inquiring about has a warrant out for his arrest.

Contact Your State Attorney General's Office

Advise the clerk that you would like him to check the "FBI Criminal History Record Repository" and "State Record Repository" to see whether a warrant has been issued for the person's arrest. You will need to provide as much information on the individual as possible, such as name, Social Security number and date of birth. Most states will require you to pay a processing fee to perform the check.

Consult an Agency

Many agencies are authorized to access the state's record repository to do background checks. This is the method used by many employers who are required to perform background checks on individuals whom they are interested in hiring. Most of the agencies will charge a fee to check for warrants.

Go Online

Visit a website that will allow you to search for public records and find out whether a person has arrest warrants. These websites pull information from all of the state record repositories, instead of only one state, and provide you with the results. Most of these websites will let you know upfront whether the individual's name was found in the database. However, in order to view information associated with the name, you will have to pay a fee.

About the Author

Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.

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