Table of Contents:
- How to Get a Copy of One's Criminal Record in Texas
- How to Get Missouri Criminal Records Online Free
- How to Get a Copy of Your Criminal Record in Illinois
- How to Get Oklahoma Criminal Records For Free Online
- How to Get Free Criminal Records Online For Pennsylvania Residents
- How to Get Wisconsin Criminal Records Free Online
Access your Texas criminal record in two primary ways. Go to the Texas Department of Public Safety website and do a Criminal History Name Search, or send the TDPS your written request along with your authorized fingerprint card. The department will mail you a PDF of the record. Alternatively, you can pick it up at any FAST location.
Reasons You May Want a Copy of Your Record
There are several reasons why you may want an accurate copy of your criminal conviction record.
- To determine that the criminal conviction record is accurate.
To apply to have a criminal charge or conviction expunged or sealed. Both processes prevent anyone from accessing your criminal record. After an expungement –
which completely destroys any record of that charge –
you are legally entitled to say that you have neither been charged nor convicted of that crime.
* To apply for a job that requires you to state any criminal charges or convictions on your application. Inaccurate responses to this question diminish your chances of getting the job.
Accessing Your Texas Criminal Record Online
Access your Texas criminal record online using this search phrase: "TDPS Criminal History Name Search." The top search results will be titled "Criminal History Name Search – TxDPS Crime Records Service." Click on the search button "Criminal History Search" to bring up the TDPS criminal records search application page.
The page is also included in this article's references, which, somewhat confusingly, titles it Texas Department of Public Safety: Criminal Conviction Search. TDPS use of names for these various webpages is inconsistent.
The application page describes how to sign up and offers detailed information on seting up a payment account to purchase credits for each search you perform. Each search costs $3.00. To pay with a credit card, you will be charged an additional $2.25.
Requesting Your Criminal Conviction Record in Writing
To make a written request for your Criminal Conviction Record to the Texas Department of Public Safety, provide the same basic information that you would enter for an online search. However, the written search method also requires you to submit an authorized fingerprint card obtained from a Fingerprint Application Services of Texas (FAST) location.
In the References, you'll find the TDPS' Procedure for Review of Personal Criminal History Record Information which steps you through this process, including scheduling your FAST appointment. FAST charges vary, but generally cost less than $50.00. Getting fingerprinted at a FAST location requires making an appointment beforehand and providing necessary identification.
The online record search method provides the same information the TDPS provides when you make a written application, and is a simpler process that costs less. The written application process, however, has two advantages:
- Because you submit your fingerprint with your written application, it provides greater certainty that the record you'll receive is your own and not another person's with the same name.
- When you make written application, you can also request that the record you receive be certified and notarized. There's no additional charge for this service.
Missouri court records such as criminal and arrest records can be found for free online by anyone that has a computer with internet access. Finding Missouri criminal records and other Missouri public records is fairly easy.
Navigate to courts.mo.gov to access the Missouri public records website. The Missouri public records website is an actual government website that allows anyone to access free Missouri records online.
Click on Litigant Name Search to find free Missouri criminal records and other Missouri public records online.
Fill in at least the last name of the litigant you are searching for. You may need to include a first name, middle name, case type and filing year to narrow down the results. Click "Find."
Click on the blue hyperlink "Case Number" that is located on the left hand of the page. This will provide free docket access to the case of your choice.
Getting the Records
Call your local police department or Illinois State Police headquarters and tell them you would like to access and review your criminal records history. Your jurisdiction can charge for the service, though it is usually a nominal fee. They must comply with your request, but it must be made during regular business hours.
Go to the police department you chose and present your identification. You will be fingerprinted, and at that time the official will collect the fee. Within 30 days the department must send the information to the Illinois State Police for processing. Within 60 days after the state police receive the access and review form, the police will return your criminal history to the requesting jurisdiction, who will notify you it has arrived. Note that it contains the record of only Illinois conviction and non-conviction information. If you have no criminal history, the state police will send a letter stating you have no criminal history in Illinois. If you have a record, it will show arrests and corresponding court dispositions, dismissals and the total number of felony and misdemeanor convictions. You must view it at the police station--you cannot take it with you. It can't be used for employment purposes, though it shows you what a properly conducted background check should show.
Make an appointment to review the record at the police station. Carefully ensure all information is correct, including dispositions of court cases. If there is any questionable information on the sheet, complete a record challenge form and return it to the state police. Officials will investigate your challenge and correct any records that have been recorded erroneously. They will send you notification of any changes that were made. You cannot keep your criminal background history--it is for review only.
Access the Oklahoma State Courts Network website at oscn.net. Click to access court dockets.
Click "search dockets" on the far left in the brown rectangular area. This will give online users the option to find free Oklahoma criminal records and Oklahoma court records.
Enter the first and last name of the individual to search for. You may leave all other fields blank, or supply more information if you have it. Click search.
Click on the blue case number for the case you wish to review.
Pennsylvania allows anyone to search criminal records online. Pennsylvania Common Pleas offers online users the ability to search for magistrate, court of common pleas and appellate records. The Court of Common Pleas is for felony, misdemeanor and other such criminal charges.
Go to the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System website (see References). Scroll down to the "search type" option and select Participant Name. Fill in the last name and then the first name in the appropriate fields given. If you do not know the person's date of birth, then just leave it blank. Search for specific counties under the option given if you know the county. Otherwise, leave that option alone. Leave all other options alone except the "date filed" option. Select a date range in which the criminal charge occurred. Click Search. Move your mouse over the icon next to the individuals name that has a magnifying glass when you have found the correct record. Click "docket sheet." Scroll through the PDF docket sheet and read the information about the individual.
Navigate to http://wcca.wicourts.gov/index.xsl.
Read and consent to the user agreement. Click the "I Agree" button at the bottom of the page.
Fill in the last and first name of the individual to perform a search on. There is no need to fill in the middle name, birth date, business name or case number if not known. Leave county set to state wide if performing a state wide check for Wisconsin criminal records and other Wisconsin public records, or select a specific county to only search that particular one. Click "Search."
View search results. If any information such as Wisconsin criminal records or other Wisconsin state records are available on the individual is given, they will be in rows. Click on the blue hyperlink under "Case Number" on the far left to view a record.