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Nebraska is an Open Record state, meaning that many of the criminal records that are managed by the State Patrol are accessible by the public except for:

  • Cases in which no charges are filed
  • Cases that are dismissed in court

What is the Purpose of a Background Check?

A background check may be requested for employment, personal interest, matters of the legal system and other situations. The background check is typically requested to see if someone been arrested and to find out if someone has been to jail. Some of the information that may be included in the rap sheet are:

What are the Background Check Laws in Nebraska?

Anyone can request a criminal history record for an individual in the state of Nebraska, yet the amount of information that is available depends on the nature of the request. For example, law enforcement will receive information from state police as well as federal records from the FBI. A person of the public may receive a more limited scope of information.

How Far Back Does a Background Check Go?

Background checks include the entire criminal history of an individual from the point of becoming an adult under state law. Juvenile records are not included because the records are sealed by the court.

How Much Does a Background Check Cost?

Each time that you request a background check for an individual, the state of Nebraska charges you a fee. You must pay the fee even if the search returns no results.

How to Do a Background Check in Nebraska

You can perform a background check in Nebraska at You must first choose a payment method and enter credit card information or subscribe prior to requesting the background check.

How Accurate is the Background Check?

Nebraska performs background checks using a fingerprint submission. This does reduce the risk of getting search results for the wrong person, yet there may still be problems with the report. The state police strive to maintain records that are up-to-date and accurate, but the data may need be corrected. If you find that the information in your background check is incorrect, contact your local law enforcement to find out how to have the record reviewed.

Nebraska Driver Records

Driver license records are available through the state at The report may detail driver license status, accidents, convictions and withdrawals for a five year period. You can also request an entire driver license history that includes all major violations.

How to Lookup Court Cases in Nebraska

For a small fee, you can look up public records for court cases that have been assigned to the Nebraska judicial system at

Locating Nebraska Registered Sex Offenders

The state of Nebraska maintains an online portal to search for registered sex offenders at You can search by:

  • Name
  • Region
  • Location

The results of the search show:

  • Map indicating offender location
  • Mugshot
  • Name
  • Physical description
  • Birthdate
  • Address
  • Known schools
  • Vehicles
  • Conviction history

Find an Inmate of Nebraska Department of Corrections

The Nebraska Department of Corrections offers an online inmate search at You can search by:

  • Name
  • DOC number

Using is an online database that you can use to find public records for an individual. You may find some of the information that is available through the state of Nebraska, as well as other types of information that may be of interest, such as:

This information may help you learn what records are available publicly about you and find out about someone’s past and criminal record.