County, city and state courthouses and enforcement agencies offer free criminal background information. Criminal records can be obtained free of charge, or for a fee from online agencies.Continue Reading
The clerk of court discloses criminal background information free of charge. Knowing the person's first and last name and birth date helps to speed up the search. Having a case number is also helpful. Even if a person has not been imprisoned, their criminal history is still public knowledge. A criminal check is relied upon someone having a criminal history. However, to find out the extent of a person's criminal history, one should consider a "nationwide" criminal search, conducted through the National Crime Information Center.
A statewide criminal background search is available in 29 states. A criminal background check is conducted in the state in which the crime or sentencing took place. Another type of criminal search is a citywide search. This search reveals any criminal charges that were imposed within a certain city. A city and county criminal background check is usually completed within the same day. The search can be performed during business hours by simply walking into one of the local law enforcement agencies, or at the clerk of courts.Learn more about Public Records
As record retention is regulated by many different state and federal statutes, the protection of private information for state and federally mandated record retention is not specified by any singular statute. Various state and federal statutes govern the administrative, technical and physical safeguards for records retention and records destruction.Full Answer >
Criminal records can be obtained via background check, or a federal or state level court record search. Many online criminal record search options are available for persons wanting to obtain a copy of their personal criminal histories via official county and state level websites.Full Answer >
A SLED background check is a criminal record search made through the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. The SLED Citizens Access to Criminal Histories, or CATCH, program, allows people to perform online criminal record searches, but it only includes information for South Carolina.Full Answer >
Individuals can access marriage records by visiting institutions such as churches and city or county offices, checking family bibles and histories, reading newspapers and using online record sites such as Ancestry and World Vital Records. Some of the details that may be found in marriage records include the ages of the couple, date of marriage, place of marriage, full names of the couple, marital status and name of the minister that officiated the ceremony.Full Answer >