WELCOME TO Arkansas Criminal History (ARCH). The ARCH system has been developed to enable the public to obtain accurate criminal history information from a reliable source. This system was created pursuant to Act 1185 of 2015, codified at Ark. Code Ann. § 12-12-1501 et seq., and directs the Arkansas State Police to provide criminal history information to any person upon proper request and payment of the requisite fee without requiring written consent of the subject of the request.

If you are mandated by law to perform this criminal history check or if you have the signed consent of the subject you are searching for, please direct your search inquiry here: https://www.ark.org/criminal/index.php

There is a $24.00 non-refundable charge for each search you perform. If a subject is identified based upon the information you provide, you will be given the option to view and print the result for that subject at no additional cost. Your search may return a list of several possible matches to your subject query. You must then determine if any of the individuals listed match your subject query, and you will have the option of viewing one of the results listed. Your credit card will be charged $24.00 for each additional result you choose to view, regardless of the contents of the result.

Payment by debit or credit card ONLY.

Online searches ONLY. ARCH results cannot be requested in-person or through the mail.

Cost

There will be a non-refundable charge of $24 against your credit or debit card for each name search of the ARCH database, regardless of search results. A search may return multiple matches. If you request the result for more than one individual, an additional charge of $24 per result will be billed to your credit card. The only time you will not be charged the $24 search fee is in the case of a system error.

The funds collected from ARCH are allocated by the General Assembly to support criminal justice information systems for use by law enforcement throughout the state and as contribution to the Crime Victims Reparations Revolving Fund. The actual search costs $20.00. There is a $2.00 processing fee charged by Information Network of Arkansas (INA) and a $2.00 credit card processing fee.

Information Required

Before performing your search, you will be required to enter your payment information, including an email address.

After submitting your payment information, you will be asked to enter your search criteria. You must provide the subject’s first and last name, sex, and date of birth, including the year. The accuracy of your results depends upon the accuracy of the information you provide. For example, misspellings, substitution of a middle name for a first name, substitution of a nickname for a legal name (such as Bill for William), or incorrectly entered birthdates may return a list of subjects that does not include the person you are searching for or fail to identify any subject in response to your search.

NOTE: The individual you are searching for must be over age 18 to be included in the ARCH system.

After entering your search criteria, you will confirm the information and accept the $24 non-refundable fee for the search. You will be presented a receipt which you can e-mail and/or print for your convenience. You are strongly encouraged to keep the receipt for your records in the event you experience problems with Internet service.

Search Results

Once you have purchased a result, you will be provided with a link that will allow you to download a PDF of the result. An email will also be sent to the address you provide that will contain a receipt for your purchase and a time-limited link to download the PDF.

Do not assume just because a person’s name is returned on a list of possible matches that the person has a criminal record. The result attached to a person’s name could reflect criminal arrests or convictions, or the result may show a clean criminal history.

Results will be returned as one of three options.

Criminal history information – the criminal records reflected on a result will consist ONLY of the following: Arkansas felony and misdemeanor convictions; open Arkansas felony arrests less than 3 years old; and/or whether the subject is a registered sex offender (Levels 1-4) or required to register as a sex offender. Any other information, such as juvenile records or sealed convictions, will not be reflected on your result.

Results are based on a name search only. There is no guarantee that the criminal history result you obtain from this system attaches to the subject you are searching for without fingerprint verification.

The ARCH system accesses Arkansas criminal history only. Federal and other states’ records will not be returned in response to your search.

ARCH queries the Arkansas Crime Information Center and Arkansas driver’s records. If the person you are searching for is not in either one of these databases, for example because he or she has never been arrested in Arkansas and does not have an Arkansas driver’s license, your search will return as “No subject was identified based on the information provided in your query.” See example result.

Your search may return multiple candidates with the same name, sex, and date of birth. You may choose to view one of the results at no additional charge. Or, you may be able to eliminate some candidates based on additional information, such as race or zip code. If you choose to view more than one result, you will be charged a non-refundable fee of $24 for each additional result.

The ARCH system is continuously updated to include the most current information. The information you receive today could be outdated tomorrow as new arrests or disposition information are added. The criminal history conviction information contained in this system originates from the sentencing courts. If the sentencing court has not provided timely and/or accurate information to ACIC, the information reflected in your results may be incomplete. For example, a felony conviction will not be reflected in an individual’s criminal history unless the sentencing court provides the disposition to ACIC.

Security, Privacy and Accessibility

Arkansas Criminal History Search requires a secure Internet connection for all pages. This is done through the use of SSL or secure socket layer. SSL is an industry standard for offering a safe way to pass sensitive information over the Internet. To verify that you have a secure connection, always check for a small padlock on the lower right hand side of your browser.

More information at http://www.arkansas.gov/policies/acceptable-use#security

Frequently Asked Questions

A subject’s first and last name, sex, and date of birth must be provided.
You will not be able to perform the search. To ensure the most accurate results, the ARCH system requires the user to enter the legal name of the subject and the correct date of birth. If the user enters a nickname (Example: “Bill” for “William”), the system will not return the individual you seek. Similarly, if the date of birth is incorrect (Example: 1/5/1991 instead of 1/6/1991), the system will not return the individual you seek.
No. ARCH results are only available online.
Once you have purchased a result, you will be provided with a link that will allow you to download a PDF of the result. An email will also be sent to an address you provide that will contain a receipt for your purchase and a time-limited link to download the PDF.
Certified criminal history results will not be provided through this system. If you need a certified criminal history result for purposes of employment, immigration, international adoption, etc., you will need to make a request in-person or via mail to:

Arkansas State Police
Identification Bureau
1 State Police Plaza Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72209
One search costs $24.00, and you will be allowed to view one result, i.e. the criminal history for one individual, at no additional charge. The actual search costs $20.00. There is a $2.00 processing fee charged by Information Network of Arkansas (INA) and a $2.00 credit card processing fee. If you perform one search that returns 5 possible matches and you choose to view all 5 results, you will be charged $24.00 for each result you receive, or $120.00.
Results will be returned as one of three options.
  • #1 – Your subject has been identified and has a criminal history. See example result.
  • #2 – Your subject has been identified and does not have a criminal history. See example result.
  • #3 – No subject was identified based on the information provided in your query. See example result.
There are many reasons your search may have resulted in no subjects found. Misspellings, substitutions of a middle name or nickname for a legal name, incorrectly entered dates of birth, etc. can all be the cause of a “not found” result. Alternatively, if you have entered the correct information for the person, it is possible that he or she is not contained in any of the databases searched by ARCH. A person who has not been arrested and fingerprinted in the state of Arkansas and who has never held an Arkansas driver’s license will not be returned in response to a search of the ARCH system. Additionally, the criminal history conviction information contained in this system originates from the sentencing courts. If the sentencing court has not provided timely and/or accurate information to ACIC, the information reflected in your results may be incomplete. For example, a felony conviction will not be reflected in an individual’s criminal history unless the sentencing court provides the disposition to ACIC.
If you are searching for a person with a common name, such as John Smith, your search may return several potential candidates. You may use other information you have about the person, such as their race or zip code, to eliminate some of the possibilities. If you are unable to narrow your search to one individual, you may choose to purchase additional results for $24 per result.
ARCH criminal history WILL contain:

Arkansas felony and misdemeanor convictions;
Open Arkansas felony arrests less than 3 years old; and
Whether the subject is a registered sex offender (Levels 1-4) or required to register as a sex offender.

ARCH criminal history WILL NOT contain:

Juvenile records;
Arrests/charges that have been dismissed;
Unresolved misdemeanor arrests;
Felony arrests more than 3 years old;
Charges where the subject was found “not guilty;”
Active warrants;
Sealed arrests or convictions;
Pardoned convictions;
Criminal history from any other state;
Federal criminal history;
Traffic citation/arrest history;
Arrests where the subject was not fingerprinted; and
Driver’s license history or other information.

Disclaimer
The criminal history conviction information contained in this system originates from the sentencing courts. If the sentencing court has not provided timely and/or accurate information to ACIC, the information reflected in your results may be incomplete. For example, a felony conviction will not be reflected in an individual’s criminal history unless the sentencing court provides the disposition to ACIC.
Spam filters may prevent you from receiving the email receipt and link. Check your “spam,” “junk,” or “bulk” email folders and add noreply@ark.org to your safe-list to ensure timely receipt of your response.
You are being charged for the process of performing the search. When you enter first and last name, sex, and date of birth, ARCH databases are being queried for this information. A search that returns no possible results may indicate that the information you have on the subject you are searching for is not accurate.
Independent fingerprint verification is required to definitively match any particular individual with a criminal history. Unless a fingerprint match is performed, it is always possible that the result you have obtained is for another subject with the same or similar name and date of birth as the subject you are looking for.
An individual has a right to see and challenge the contents of his or her criminal history record in ACIC in accordance with A.C.A. § 12-12-1013. Requests should be directed to the Administrator of the ACIC Criminal History Division or by calling 501-682-2222.
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