The state of Nevada isn't all fun and games, as one would expect from the city of Las Vegas. The state comprises communities and businesses that span from city to city. If you are in Nevada and plan on opening a business, you will more than likely need to hire employees. However, as part of the hiring process, you would need to do some background checks on potential employees you are interested in. This involves examining criminal history records to check if that person has a somewhat unsavory past. Fortunately in Nevada, you can do just that.
By using the Internet, you can gain access to whatever information you deem important to know. For instance, you may be able to visit a couple of websites that contain public records that can be accessed. Public records, as the title suggests, is information that the general public may acquire for free. These are piles of records that come from court proceedings, criminal backgrounds and even information that pertains to property.
One free source of public criminal records is Nevada Public Record Center, where you can simply type the name of the individual and choose the type of record you want to search for. In this case, type the name on the search box on top of the page. For example, you can type "John" for the first name and "Doe" as the last name. Then, look into the lower portion of the same area. The default state listed as part of the search is Nevada but double-check to make sure that it says so. On the right side, the record type is also available for you to pick. For this one, scroll down the list and choose criminal as your option. Finally, click search and results will be shown in a very short while. Once the results have appeared, choose one that matches your query.
Another source of free public criminal records on the Internet is the Nevada Public Record website. Like the Nevada Public Record Center website, there is a search box available on the top of the page. While there are lots of links that refer to other specific sites, doing the search here will yield the same results. So, type in the first and last name of the person you are doing a criminal record search on. Then, make sure that the state is listed as Nevada for the search. Then, click "submit" when you are done so that the search may begin.
You need to remember that these are public records only. You may be searching for a specific criminal record that may not be part of any public records at all. For a thorough search, you need to pay for a complete background check that other sites also offer.
If you would like to access Nevada background checks and criminal records, take the following measures:
Download the Nevada Background Check Request Form.
Fill out the request form. Then, get your fingerprints taken by a certified fingerprint technician.
Mail in the completed request form, the fingerprint card and a certified check or money order for $21.
Those needing further assistance may contact the Nevada Department of Public Safety below:
Nevada Department of Public Safety
333 West Nye Lane, Suite 100
Carson City, NV 89706
NOTIS, or Nevada Offender Tracking Information System, allows users to search Nevada arrest records online. Nevada arrest records are maintained by the Nevada Department of Corrections.
To do a search for Nevada arrest records, follow these steps:
Log on to the NOTIS site to begin using the Nevada Offender Tracking Information System.
Input the information of the offender in question. An ID number will override other search criteria.
Results will be displayed at the bottom of the page. Click on the ID number to view the entire arrest record.
If you need more information about Nevada arrest records, then you can contact the Nevada Department of Corrections by one of the following methods:
Nevada Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 7011
Carson City, Nevada 89702
Accessing Nevada Criminal Records
The Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) maintains a database of all Nevada criminal records. The DPS only performs fingerprint searches for Nevada background checks, and the cost is $21, payable with certified check or money order. A request form must be filled out, and fingerprints must be taken by a law enforcement agency or certified fingerprint technician. The request must be mailed in, and a response generally takes two weeks.
Laws Governing Accessing Nevada Criminal Records
The Nevada Department of Public Safety only allows individuals to obtain their own personal criminal records. Law enforcement or other approved agencies may obtain an individual's complete criminal record.
Rectifying Errors on a Criminal Record
If there is a mistake on your criminal record, fill out form DPS-008 and remit it with any supporting documentation, and the DPS will take it under review.