Mugshots are powerful images. They can instantly prove if someone has been arrested, and often are connected to arrest records, which provide more information surrounding the arrest.
Is it legal to have someone else’s mugshot?
Yes. Mugshots are protected under the Freedom of Information Act and are legally available to anyone in the US. However, there is a multitude of ways to access them, with varying degrees of success and ease.
How can I find someone’s mugshot online?
If you’re looking to use the internet to obtain a mugshot, you have really only one option. SpyFly, an online public records database, has access to billions of public records. This includes driving records, incarceration records, and yes, mugshots. Importantly, ww.spyfly.com is incredibly easy to use, providing you with results so long as you have a name and state of the person you’re searching for.
Another important thing to note about SpyFly is that they’re confidential. They will not notify the person you’re investigating that you’re trying to obtain their mugshot, and they do not record any of your information, allowing you to remain confident in your privacy.
If you’re looking to obtain mugshots in more unethical ways, you can use mugshots.com. However, they’re notorious for blackmailing the people on their website and utilizing incredibly distasteful business practices. Moreover, they’ve been noted several times to be inconsistent in their reporting, and really aren’t a reliable source if you’re trying to obtain real information.
You can also look on state law enforcement websites if you’re looking to obtain mugshots. However keep in mind that most state websites are run with a certain… laxness. They typically do not publish mugshots of anyone who isn’t a violent criminal, and may not even be consistent in the publishing of mugshots. A lack of information on the state law enforcement website is not necessarily indicative of a lack of information. Make sure to utilize other sources if you’re using these as an option as well.
Are there other ways to obtain a mugshot online?
Not really. If you want, you can attempt to contact a legal agency online and work through them to access a mugshot. However they’re likely to charge a consultation fee, and those tend to be rather pricey. Moreover, they may not be quick in their ability to provide results and may work at their own pace, rather than yours.
SpyFly provides consumers affordable, immediate access to public record information. Federal laws prohibit businesses from using SpyFly’s service to make decisions about employment, insurance, consumer credit, tenant screening, or for any other purpose subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681 et seq.