By - Julio Medina

Do Private Investigators Have Access to Police Records?

Private citizens contact private investigators to find information such as a missing person, cheating spouse, business history, and other public information. What many people don’t know is that private investigators have no access to some information.

Private investigators have the same rights as private citizens. The main difference between a private investigator and a private citizen is that PIs knows where and how to get information. It is their profession. They know all the legal procedures required to access public records. For more information, get in touch with professional private investigators here:

Records a Private Investigator Can Obtain.

  1. Public records

PIs have access to court documents, marriage and divorce records, wills, deeds and mortgage, civil and criminal case records. They also have access to individual census data sealed for more than 72 years, and birth and death records sealed for more than 30 years.

  1. Private records

Private citizens have no access to expunged or sealed court cases. In states with private investigator licensing policies, licensed private investigators are allowed to access but only in specific circumstances.

  1. Proprietary databases

Licensed private investigators have access to information search databases. These databases quickly avail unknown address, business information, and phone numbers. PIs can only access information that would be generally available to the public. Information from information search databases eliminates the need for the investigator to travel to courthouses looking for information.

  1. NCIC records

The National Criminal Investigation Center (NCIC) is a computerized central database for tracking criminal records. NCIC contains the missing person file, wanted person file, suspected terrorist file, gang file, unidentified person file, immigration violator file, protection order file, supervised release file, sex offender registry file, secret service protection file, identity theft file, and foreign fugitive file.

This information is only made available to law enforcement agencies. Access to NCIC records is prohibited not only to the general public but also to private investigators and information brokers.

A private investigator can do many things to serve you with the information you need but bribing law enforcement teams for confidential data isn’t allowed.

It would be nice to get access to a person’s criminal record, but it isn’t possible in the US. Private investigators, whether licensed or not only have access to public records.

Any file presented in court as evidence, but it wasn’t legally acquired can be used against you. You must be very careful with the evidence you provide. If you use illegal means, or you happen to break the laws while trying to get information, your acquired information won’t be accepted.

Private investigators also have no rights to access phone records, banking records, and internet service provider records. He or she must have a court order to access these records due to their sensitive private nature.

Working with an experienced private investigators has made it possible for individuals with complicated cases win cases against them. Experienced private investigators know what is right for them and how they can use their limited access to public and private records to help you win a case.