Federal arrest and court records are found by using a federal record search engine found on sites such as OfficialUSARecords.com, InstantCheckMate.com and Govt-Files.com. The website for the Federal Bureau of Prisons also contains a search tool that allows users to locate arrest and prison records.
The Federal Bureau of Prison's search tool prompts users to conduct searches either by entering an inmates identification number as issued by one of several official entities or by searching for the inmate's name. The name search includes fields for the inmates first, middle and last name as well as race, age and sex.
Govt-Files.com only allows users to conduct searches based on an individual's name, with first and last name being mandatory fields. Searches focus on both nationwide federal records as well as state arrest records.
InstantCheckMate.com allows users to conduct arrest records searches by entering in an individual's first name, last name and the state that he was arrested in, with the ability to conduct a search in all states simultaneously if desired. The search process begins by locating matching records at the county level, then state level and finally the federal level, along with looking for matching profiles created on popular social media and other websites.