The fact is, public criminal records are available to the public, and are the rights of any private citizen to view.
There may be a variety of reasons why you'd want to check out these records.
For example, let's say you were hiring a nanny to watch your children while you were at work.
You'd want to do a background check on the nanny to make sure your children would be safe under her watch.
One of the things you would want to consult is public criminal records on the nanny, to make sure she is not a criminal.
Employers use them to check on hiring potential workers, and people who are looking to move into a neighborhood may check them, just to see what kind of neighbors are around them.
It doesn't matter the reason -- it is your right to view these type of records.
You do not need any certain kind of government authorization to view these records either.
All you need is a medium to access them through.
Typically, the most common way that private citizens access these records is through certain databases stored on the Internet.
There are limitations to some of the information that can be made available on a criminal record.
Sometimes, if a victim or witness makes a statement, their identity will be withheld, to protect their safety.
In addition, certain information may be entered into a nondisclosure agreement, therefore it won't be made available in the record.
Criminal records are usually index into a database by the name of the person.
In order to find the person you're looking for, it helps if you have a complete name, and the date of their birth.
Otherwise, you may get somebody else with the same name, when you're searching for a certain person.
Typically, you're going to have to pay a fee to access criminal records online.
This is a convenient way to quickly access somebody's record, without having to go through all the bells and whistles.
In conclusion, I have given you some of the most basic and vital information, as it relates to finding criminal records online.
Whatever the case may be, you do not need any sort of authorization or government permission to access these public records.