You may require criminal background checks for new or potential employees. You may be trying to track someone down for collection purposes. Perhaps you need to verify someone's social security number to make sure he is no't an illegal alien. It could be that your daughter may have started dating someone who simply seems ‘too good to be true’. Whatever the reason, running a criminal records background check is now much easier to do thanks to the Internet, and much information is free to search, as it is a matter of public record.
If you do a quick search for terms like criminal background checks you will find there are numerous web sites that provide access to criminal records, but most charge a fee for their services. However, it should not be necessary to pay to access this information. Searching a state's own criminal database is the cheapest, and often times a free way, to run a state criminal background search, not pay some website $10-$20 to do it for you.
The Free Public Records Finder provides a list of free public records databases, including state and federal criminal records databases. Some even go down to the county jail level. When running a criminal background check, you may find you are not provided with a social security number. You will usually receive the name, aliases, birthday, height, weight, gender plus the criminal activity information, such as the crime they were convicted of, when and where, the severity level, and case status. If a person was convicted then paroled, the date the parole ended or will end is usually available. [Note that when you are searching criminal background records, you want to remember to search for aliases as well as look at names with and without middle initials to see if they are one and the same person. ]
If you get this identifying information and need to verify social security numbers, it is possible to pay for a criminal background check using the service provided by each state. In addition, with a reason justification and request, the Division of Motor Vehicles can provide you with the social security number assuming you have the name and date of birth. Since you can get that information from the criminal check, getting a SSN can be fairly simple.
By the way, sex offender records are in a category of their own as far as public access goes. The US Department of Justice has an online national sex offender registry at http://www.nsopr.gov/ while each state has its own as well. The national registry allows you to search as many states at a time as you want.
Paying for criminal records and background checks is not a necessity. You can do it yourself for very cheap and possibly free using the techniques outlined above!
To Conduct Your Own Criminal Record Searches and for step-by-step information for finding criminal records in each state, visit the Public Records Depot today at http://publicrecordsdepot.com