There are several ways for people to find out free of charge whether they have an arrest warrant outstanding, including searching on relevant government websites, calling relevant officials, or asking a law enforcement in person to run a warrant check, according to The Law Dictionary. The latter option is perhaps the most straightforward way, leading directly to an arrest if an outstanding warrant exists.
At the Federal Bureau of Investigation website, there is a search tool that can be used to find out whether somebody is wanted as a fugitive. Users are required to input the name of the individual in question and their gender. They can also refine their search by country, state and zip code locality. Similar search tools exist for law enforcement agencies at the city, county and state levels.
If opting to place a phone call to an official such as the clerk of the court, they will ask for the name, case number, date of birth and Social Security number of the person in question. They do not need to be informed whether the person placing the phone call is the same as the person in question. The phone call may sometimes be traced by law enforcement officers to discover the location of the caller, according to The Law Dictionary.