Indiana Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)

Indiana Public Records Questions and Answers (FAQ)
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  • How do we find out in Indiana, if our neighbor has been arrested recently?
    Check the crime map for your area. There are free online inmate lists depending on the law enforcement agency and whether they put it online. (Staff)
  • Where do I find my court date, in Indiana?
    Individual courts throughout Indiana put their case calendar online for public view. Without mentioning the county where the trial would be, there's no specific site to refer you to. Marion county, which has Indianapolis in its jurisdiction, have calendars online through their court website. (Staff)
  • How do I find active arrest warrants in Indiana?
    Which county or city was the warrant from? You can enter the county or city name, then warrants, some areas have them online like Allen county (Staff)
  • How do I find dates and reasons for past arrests in Indiana?
    Beware of using background checks when you're looking for a specific arrest record, as many only include records of convictions, criminal courts etc. Arrests reports, similar to incident or accident reports, are obtained from the law enforcement department which created the report. The Indiana state police offers a limited criminal history search, and claims on its site to only have felonies and class A misdemeanor arrest records. If you're searching for the report, try going to the police or sheriffs department directly, or their site and see about getting the reports yourself. Usually, the defense attorney also has a copy. Not sure how public the arrest reports are, departments throughout the state seem to have restrictions as who can request them. (Staff)
  • How do I find out how many arrests in Indiana, I have had over the years?
    You can request your own arrest reports directly from police records services. It's likely that they have a website and information with forms on where and how to put in the request. Some departments provide them to the person for free. Also, the defense attorneys will usually have a copy. Generally, background checks or criminal history search or any variety that says the same thing, will provide records of convictions, not solely arrests. However, the Indiana state police's criminal history search page states the following: "contains only felonies and class A misdemeanor arrests within the state of Indiana". This searches the entire state according to the ISP's site. (Staff)
  • Where can you find free public records in Indiana?
    There are millions of records scattered throughout various agencies, departments, websites, some free, some have small fees, others with larger ones. The short answer is, "all over". Start with a category or the type of record you're looking for, then look to see if it is public record or not. There are both free public records using the resources here as well as some where the government agency asks for a fee, so all public records are not free, just because they're public records. However, the fee imposed on the public can't be unjustly excessive. (Staff)
  • Periodicals of the local area are generally kept by public libraries, you can access news on micro-fish or digitized and go even further back. A better question next is how far back does the police department which made the arrest go back in time. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Indiana, how to get a copy of my accident report from the Indiana State Police?
    Go to their website and start there. Under "Resources" section on the left, you'll see a hyperlink to crash reports, crime reports and criminal history services. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Indiana, if someone had a court date for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)?
    Have you checked for court calendars, which county? Search for "Which courts use Odyssey and", the state's court webpages will show you the records you can get online instantly, including pending cases. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in Indiana, someone who was convicted of a crime in 2010, and which prison he was sent to?
    There are a few public databases which can show that information. For persons serving time in Indiana, the Indiana Department of Corrections has an offender name search that is free and open to the public. You can be your own investigator by going through past criminal court filings using online case search databases that are also free. You can find individual county courts using the link to the state's courts above. Once you're in Indiana's courts home page, click on the link in the menu on the left titled Trial Courts and Clerks. You will then see a list of counties. Many of them have online free searches that the public can use only knowing the person's name. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Indiana, if someone is paying child support?
    The Indiana department of child services has a list of the most wanted child support evaders with photos, go to and type in the keywords (Staff)
  • Where can I find a in Indiana, an incident report, or a police record from 1984 of my father being shot?
    Have you tried going to the town he got shot in, going up to police station and telling them you want a police report?? I know here they will do it and it will go back far, but it takes time and you have to pay like 10 or 15.00 for it. Can get help at library. Should be able to get news from papers. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in Indiana, an arrest record, if I only have the offender's name?
    You can begin with crime mapping, and the areas which a people finders search point to. These are all free and open to the public. Any other information would be helpful, such as the reason for the arrest, if there is a middle initial? Was a case filed as a result of the arrests, convictions? (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Indiana, my arrest records?
    Arrest records are requested from individual police departments, or sheriffs. The department which made the arrest will have a records division/office, most of the time with a webpage the public can use. (Staff)
  • Where do I find in Indiana, active arrest warrants?
    Generally, warrants are issued by courts and served by law enforcement. Some agencies will have a warrants list online for public view, sometimes under most wanted or simply 'wanted'. Different agencies have a variety of public services through their websites. Look up sheriffs sites and you will be able to find warrant information across Indiana. The department of corrections also puts out a warrants/most wanted list. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Indiana, what information is available to the general public, under the freedom of information laws?
    Open record statutes generally pertain to the availability of information held by government entities. In some instances, companies that are contracted by officials or their agencies to perform certain tasks and responsibilities on behalf of the government can also fall into open records laws. These laws are in place to promote transparent governments and their functions, procedures, future plans, meetings, budgets, documents, recorded materials and more. This source aims to assist users with obtaining recorded documents that are sought by and open to the public. Statutes pertaining to open records, sometimes named sunshine laws, open meetings and records laws and so forth, generally guarantee the access to such records. Other guidelines within open records laws look at issues such as prohibitive costs associated with obtaining public information. However, many of these laws do not address the ease of access in which the public can obtain them. As many government entities do not strive to promote their services as private companies do, their sources and services are not easily found by persons not familiar with requesting public data and where to look. Questions such as 'where do I find marriage and divorce records?' arise before an individual begins the search. Would this be in the state's courts? County clerk, recorder? Or would I go to the the state's health department? Where would I find criminal records? Is this considered public information anyone can view? What is required to obtain this type of information and are the guidelines the same for employers as they are for private individuals or by the person themselves? These answers, although in some venues are similar in many ways, can also greatly vary from state to state, counties and by other local governments. Even when the same guidelines are shared by different agencies, their budgets and number of requests they received are also a factor in where their services are found. An example of this is with larger departments and/or a high volume of requests will have greater access through the web. A functional user friendly portal to public records is helpful where an individual is not certain where to look or begin the search. Where are the best places and easiest ways to obtain information are amongst the main focus and goal. Visitors are also provided a forum in which questions can be asked and answers can be viewed being helpful in specific challenges posed by other users. (Staff)
  • Where can I find in Indiana, access to a list of arrests for illegally using or selling controlled substances?
    There are arrest logs and arrest statistics. Statistics can only be so recent, arrest logs are provided by individual police agencies making the arrests. An arrest report is different from either of those two. Arrest or incident reports are official documents requested by counsel, police agencies or parties to the case. These must be requested individually, instructions to do so are available on the individual department's public website. (Staff)