If you live in one of the 36 states that requires background checks on doctors, you can verify your doctor's arrest record by checking with your state's medical board, as Criminal Watchdog explains. The Federation of State Medical Boards provides information on what criminal records are available by state.
The DocInfo website of the Federation of State Medical Boards also provides information on disciplinary actions taken against physicians. If a doctor is located in one of the 14 states that does not conduct background checks, his criminal record can be accessed through county, state or national records, according to Criminal Watchdog, which provides criminal record background checks for prices ranging from about $13 to $20, as of 2015. The National Sex Offender Registry List provides specific information on sex-related crimes.