Frequently Asked Questions For CriminalRecords. com
Q: What is CriminalRecords.com?
A: We are an information services provider, allowing individuals and businesses to search through vast databases of public records. We offer reports and search memeberships to help people find other people, verify identies, and manage their risk when encountering people in their lives.
Q: Why is my name listed on your site? I am sure that I do NOT have a criminal record.
A: Inclusion on a list of potential matches to a search only means that some type of public records are available, not necessarily criminal records.
The presence of names on our site only means that there are public records for that person. If you do not have a criminal record in our database, there will be no record to view or purchase. Although the name of the site is CriminalRecords.com, our site is also a generalized "people search" site, and our data includes a variety of public records and white pages data. What this means is that the names returned in a search don't necessarily have a criminal record. They may be included in our database from any sort of public record, such as marriage/divorce records, birth/death records, property records, etc.
Q: Are there restrictions on how I can use the data found here?
A: Yes. It is PROHIBITED by law to use our service or the records it provides to make decisions about consumer credit, employment, insurance, tenant screening, or for any other purpose subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq. CriminalRecords.com is not a consumer reporting agency, and we do not provide consumer reports. The information available on our website may not be 100% accurate, complete, or up to date, so do not use this information as a substitute for your own due diligence, especially if you have concerns about a person’s criminal history. We don't make any representation or warranty about the accuracy of the information available here or about the character or integrity of the person about whom you inquire. For more information, please review CriminalRecords.com's Terms and Conditions of Use.
Q: Where do you get the data for your reports?
A: CriminalRecords.com has compiled and consolidated public records data from thousands of sources.
Q: What is a "public record?"
A: Many types of records are mandated by law to be "public." That is, they must be made available in some manner to the public, such as certain court records, marriage records, corporate registration records, bankruptcies and liens, etc. And each keeper of records (e.g., a county clerk) determines the process and fee required to access the records.
Q: Why do I need your website if they are "public?"
A: Yes, a very good question. Well, although public records are supposed to be available to the public, in practice, it isn't always easy to get them. To access these records, in most cases as person would have to physically travel to the relevant county clerk's office, stand in line, and pay a document retrieval fee for the record. So if you're in Palo Alto, CA and you need a record from the clerks office in Davenport, Iowa, travelling there to obtain that record is hardly easy.
So practically speaking, most "public records" are completely inaccessible to most people. To overcome this problem and to build a business solving it, decades of work and millions of dollars of database and web development work has been invested to gather thousands of disparate public records databases, consolidate and normalize these data, store terabytes of data securely, and provide an easily searchable web-based service to help people overcome the bureaucratic red tape and logistical nightmares to finally make supposedly "public" records truly public.
Q: Shouldn't "public" records be free? Why is your site charging me to access these records?
A: It feels like they should, right? Especially with all the taxes we pay. Well, first of all, access to most public records in a government office requires some sort of file request fee or retrieval fee paid to the government agency providing it (like a marriage record at the county clerk or a corporate owners lists at the state Secretary of State's office). Plus sometimes, you can't mail in a request: you may have to go to the government office and stand in line. Second, take a look at our answer to the question just before this one. It was no trivial thing to gather all this data, straighten it all out and make it easily searchable.
Q: Will people find out that I'm searching for them?
A: No one is ever notified that you are searching for them. All searches are entirely private.
Q: Is your data up to date?
A: Our data is gathered from many public records sources that are frequently updated. Some sources are governmental agencies that are, at times, slow to update their digital databases. We stay up to date as they do.
Q: How do I have my information removed from your site?
Q: Why am I showing up in a search engine with a criminal record?
A: Our databases contain public records data for a vast number of people in the United States. When a name appears on our site in the search results, it does not necessarily mean that the public records that we have for that person include criminal records -- it just means that we have some public records data for that person. When a statewide or nationwide criminal check is purchased, we perform a search for the given person to see if there are criminal records in our database.