Free Government&FBI BackgroundCheck

Free Government, Criminal, and Public Background Check Guide

So what's the big deal about these background checks anyways.

As many of you might have heard the federal government runs really stringent background checks before hiring. CIA background checks are notoriously extensive and for good reason. You don't want to trust just anybody with vital state information. Many people think its possible to do an FBI or CIA type background check on someone (which is false). To a certain degree the public does have the same tools FBI and CIA might utilize. Like local government background checks: things like criminal records, traffic records, public financial information are all essential to a solid background check.


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How to do a Government Background Check?

One of my favorite website for everyday background checks is freepeoplescan.com it utilizes top background check engines online and has a database of local, state, and county government background check record databases. Some of which can be accessed for free.


Even know the public doesn't have access to all the records. The freedom of information act https://www.fbi.gov/services/records-management/foipa has really empowered the individual. If a background check is needed. Whether its to check on a baby sitter, your date, anyone you're about to do a financial deal with, or just getting some dirt on someone for fun. The act and amount of records available online is simply amazing.

Is it really possible to do a 100% free background check online?

The short answer is yes and the long answer is well it's complicated and time-consuming. So how can it be done? The best way is to figure out what state and county you need the records from. So for this example, I'm going to use Duval County in Florida. Simply by googling a keyword phrase "Duval County Clerk of Courts Records" I'm able to quickly find the official county portal to court records (http://www2.duvalclerk.com/records/). Double check to make sure its an actual state or county page. There are hundreds of sites pretending to be the real deal. The only problem of doing this type of search is its limited to that county or state. Now in some situations its going to be enough. But it's hard to know if the individual in question had any run-ins with the law in another state or jurisdiction. So you might have to search the surrounding counties or even states. This is why I prefer to use a professional background check service when it's something important.

What About a Free Criminal Background Check?

Well just as I mentioned above a quick search from the local court clerk's office can provide plenty of information. Free criminal background checks online can also be done using the local sheriff's office and the state correctional department. I'm going to stay with Florida for this search and quickly show a couple ways this can be done for free. If you google "Florida Corrections Inmate Search" it will pull up the official state prison portal like so http://www.dc.state.fl.us/activeinmates/search.asp and I'll try "Duval county sheriff inmate search" which brings up http://inmatesearch.jaxsheriff.org. By simply having a first and the last name you're able to quickly look up any individuals criminal records for free and instantaneously. This search can be done in almost any state and/or county. Throughout my years of working in the background check industry, I did find some counties and states that will charge a small fee but that's very rare.
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What About Free Driving Records?

There are many reasons to pull up someones driving record. Especially for employers looking to hire a driver. I would even go as far as pulling your own record to be sure there isn't anything there that shouldn't be. Most states provide a portal where this can be done. A simple way of locating your state's database is to search for. I'm using the state of Oregon for this example "State of Oregon Driving Record Request". Here's what I got http://www.oregon.gov/odot/dmv/pages/records/available.aspx. Quick tip: there are lots of sites trying to sell driving records. A quick way to figure out if its an official state source is to look for domains that end with a .gov and sometimes .us. (.gov domain are only available to state and federal agencies and can't be faked) If you look at the Oregon example you'll see that they charge a small fee of $1.50 for simple reports to $17.50 for more advanced reports. It is not exactly free but it's still going to much cheaper than going to an outside source that will pretty much give you that same report at a markup. Not all the state's will change a fee its pretty random from state to state.

What about the GOV, FBI, and the CIA Background Checks.

FBI background records can be fun and historic. They have a public vault https://vault.fbi.gov/search now this vault isn't like your typical criminal background check. Some of these records are open now but used to be part of very important cases and some have lots of historical significance. But there are also lots of newer records that the FBI decided to make available to the public. The categories to search are many. I won't go through them all. You can see for yourself by doing direct https://vault.fbi.gov/. It's a pretty cool site for doing research papers, finding conspiracy's, or just reading for fun. Just don't expect to find anything revealing in terms of current FBI cases. I've seen some records that were recently released that date back more than 50 years. So who knows exactly what process they use to release these records. Just know this going and FBI and a CIA type background check is not in the cards for most people. Stick to what's available and In most cases it's going to be enough.