How can I find someone’s mugshot?


A mugshot is a valuable photo. It contains identifying information, and proof of an arrest. In fact, often, a mugshot is attached to someone’s arrest record. As such, access to a mugshot can mean access to an arrest record. If you’re looking to get access to either, then you’re going to want to read ahead.

What is in an arrest record?

An arrest record is a public record that’s attached to a given person. It’s updated every time they’re arrested and contains their mugshot, instances of conviction, and the details of any crimes they were arrested for. This is an incredibly useful document to have, especially when meeting new people. If someone’s rap sheet is a dozen pages long, you probably don’t want to hire them as a babysitter, for instance.

However, there are many ways to access someone’s arrest record and mugshot, with varying degrees of efficiency and convenience.

While there are many conventional ways to obtain a mugshot, this is the 21st century, and that means efficiency. An online public records database is proof of that. SpyFly, for instance, can provide you with billions of records. They’re incredibly quick, with speeds closer to Google than the government. Moreover, SpyFly is completely confidential, and won’t report your identifying information, nor will they notify the person you’re investigating of the search. Importantly, SpyFly can be used on a mobile phone, allowing you to investigate someone on the go. This is especially useful when going out on a blind date. If someone’s acting strangely on a date, you can make a trip to the bathroom, and quickly check up on their arrest record.

  • Visit a county courthouse or police department

If you’re a fan of conventional methods than this is probably more up your alley. While it’s nowhere near as fast or quick as, it can be nicer to talk to someone in person. You’ll need to head down to the courthouse or police station, and either speak with a  county clerk or officer on duty, respectfully. You’ll need to supply them with sufficient reason for your investigation, as well as a clerical fee.

Importantly, this may take some time. Many local governments have yet to digitize their records, meaning you’ll have to wait a significant amount of time before they supply you with the requested records. In addition, if they’re not connected to other parts of the country, then you’re going to have to visit a different county to be completely thorough in your check.

  • Visit a sheriff’s department website

While this is not an option for every American, some county sheriff’s publish mugshots to an official website. However, keep in mind that some of the information there may be misreported and that they won’t necessarily have all of a person’s mugshots. More importantly, their search tools may be out of date, requiring you to manually check every single mugshot available. They also won’t always have an arrest record connected there, meaning you may not necessarily know why the mugshot was taken, even if you know that one was taken. There’s a significant difference between someone who was arrested in a bar fight, versus someone who was arrested for pedophilia.

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