How to Find Criminal Records On and Offline
It can be difficult to imagine the world without the Internet, but it wasn't that long ago that people had to jump through a lot of hoops in order to have access to public records like birth certificates, death certificates and criminal records. What made things even more frustrating was that every state and sometimes every county had their own rules, regulations and forms that you had to fill out and follow. Contrast that with convenient online ordering and the differences are stark.
Before the Internet, you would have to call the state in which you wanted to order a criminal records request from in person. Since most people don't have phone books for other states, this process alone took significant time for many people. Once you found what you thought was the right number, you had to pay for a long distance call and cross your fingers that you were calling the right department. Hold times at county clerks' offices is legendary and then you had to hope that your order was taken correctly and that you would receive your order in a timely fashion. The Internet has done away with all of that rigmarole.
The worst case scenario that many people faced before the days of the Internet was if they needed to order criminal records from multiple states to completely check out a single individual. While most people move on average of 4 to 5 times in their lives, some people move dozens or even hundreds of times. As frustrating and time consuming as the pre-Internet ordering procedure was for one state, imagine having to do it for ten or even twenty?
The convenience of the Internet really can't be overstated. We can now order public records in a dozen different categories in a matter of minutes. Take advantage of this golden age in information sharing and order your criminal records online today.