How to Do An Online Warrant Search

By: Kat Saks August 8, 2012
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Maybe you need to do a background check on a potential employee. Maybe you need to know if the police have a warrant to arrest you. Maybe you background check potential dates with vigilance.

Whatever your reasons, you can search for warrants fairly easily online. Learn how to perform an online background check to uncover a person's criminal history.

Search for Warrants Online On a County Website

Sometimes, you can search for arrest warrants online via county-run websites. A sheriff's department might provide an online record of all active warrants in the area.

Some counties do not offer online warrant searches, though. Consult with your local county for more information on their offerings.

Check for Warrants Online Via A Third-Party Vendor

You can also search for warrants through third party websites. These vendors can provide background checks for free or for a minimal fee, depending upon your needs.

To perform your warrant check, you'll need the following information about the person in question:

  • Full name
  • City
  • State (or, perform a nationwide search)
  • Approximate age

Once you submit this information, you'll have access to the person's criminal record, including, but not limited to:

  • Date of offenses.
  • Date charges were filed.
  • Description of offenses.
  • Case types (i.e., felony or misdemeanor, or whether it was a robbery or traffic violation).
  • Dates of conviction, sentencing, disposition, and probation, if applicable.
  • Any fines associated with each offense.

These background checks can provide a fairly extensive view of a person's criminal history. Some websites offer more in-depth information for slightly higher fees and when you provide a bit more information about the person in question. Visit a third-party warrant search website to review your options.

Have you ever done a warrant check? Why? How did you run your background check? Tell us in the comments section below.

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