How to Do a Warrant Check for Free

Updated April 11, 2017

When conducting a search for a warrant, certain information will be needed to fulfil the search. Information such as a person's name, address or even a case number will assist with finding the warrant. There also are many different agencies, such as a county courthouse or clerk's office, municipal courts, law enforcement agencies, district attorney's offices and even local media or press, that can have the information about the warrant. Most of these agencies provide this information for free to the public.

Visit a local law enforcement agency to inquire about arrest warrants or other warrants that might still be active. Most departments will list the warrant in a binder or a searchable computer database. These searches are free to the public, and the information obtained is public information. If the local law enforcement agency does not have the information about the warrant, it might be because the warrant is filed through another agency, such as a county or state law enforcement agency.

Visit the municipal, county or district, or state or federal courthouses. Court clerks or court record departments are located inside the courthouses. These departments can assist with locating a particular warrant as long as the information provided is detailed enough to complete the search. Information that will be needed is the person's full name, address, Social Security number or driver's license number, and date of birth. The more information that you have for the search, the more accurate and faster the outcome will be. This search also is free to the public to conduct and request; however, if copies of the warrant list or other documents are needed, you might be charged a small fee.

Conduct an internet search by visiting the judicial system's home websites. Websites such as the sheriff's office website or the police department's website will list any warrants that have been issued. The same search can be conducted by visiting any of the courts listed within the community home websites. These searches are free to the public to conduct and might offer the option to print the discovered information from your computer.

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About the Author

William Robinson has been writing for over 20 years and to date has published two books in his lifetime, "The Search for Excalibur" and "Don't Love Me." He holds two doctorate degrees in philosophy and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Alameda University in California. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.