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Where to get FREE Criminal Background Checks?

Asked by Northstate (92points) May 18th, 2008

Does anyone out here know where to get free criminal background checks? I see a TON of pay sites – but nothing is ACTUALLY free…You have to sign up for other offers or the like to continue. Any help would be GREATLY appriciated!!! Thanks in advance!

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kevbo's avatar

I vaguely remember free or low-cost background checks being available to non-profits via Boy/Girl Scouts, United Way or something like that. I doubt that’s immediately helpful.

marinelife's avatar

If the issue is important a free criminal background check might not be very good.

Northstate's avatar

@Kevbo – Thanks, but I need it for myself. ( Not a non-profit… :-) ) Thanks for the responce though.

@Marina – It’s not too important.

marinelife's avatar

OK, Northstate, you need it and you need it free. I found one resource that sort of walks you through how to do it yourself and what you can and cannot find out. Hope it helps:

Northstate's avatar

@Marina – Thanks a bunch!!!

cheebdragon's avatar

anything your going to get from a pay site you can get for free by searching a few key spots on the internet. Start with the superior court website for your county and any county the person has claimed to live, you can usually find a record or inmate search, this will pull up every ticket, arrest charge, and any lawsuits.
If you live in Washington you would go to

sarapnsc's avatar

If it’s for yourself, you can go to your local police department and get one for around $3.00 (in my state.) If you want a nation wide criminal background check, I think it is a bit more. I had to go get one and take it for a job I was applying for.

dann1's avatar
– that is one that gets good reviews. it is not free, however. background checks are never free (think of how easy it would be to snoop in other people’s business)

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