Does Border Patrol Check Warrants? — All You Need to Know

Warrant Lookup Does Border Patrol Check Warrants? — All You Need to Know

Does Border Patrol Check Warrants? — All You Need to Know

If you're planning to travel into or out of the U.S., there are a lot of things you need to do to prepare for your journey. One thing that many people fail to do, however, is checked to see if they have any outstanding warrants. The problem is, while U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers do not have time to perform a full background check on every traveler they encounter, they do perform a quick and easy warrant search through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. If a traveler is found to have a warrant against them, they will be arrested on the spot and transported to the location where the warrant was issued to face consequences.

Because Border Patrol is going to check for warrants, you should protect yourself from the risk of arrest by performing your search before you travel. DoNotPay makes searching for warrants easy with our Warrant Lookup product.

How Does Border Patrol Look For Warrants?

When a traveler hands their passport to a Border Patrol agent at a border checkpoint, the passport is scanned, and information from the passport is run through the NCIC database. If there are active warrants, they're flagged and the traveler will be held at the checkpoint while a more comprehensive background check is performed. If that check reveals that the warrants are active, the traveler will be arrested and arrangements will be made for them to appear in the jurisdiction that issued the warrant.

It should be noted that not all active arrest warrants appear on the NCIC database. If the warrant doesn't appear, then the traveler will likely be permitted to enter or exit the country. However, this is a big risk to take, and falling on the wrong side of the risk can result in a time-consuming and complex legal issue.

What Type of Warrants Can Result in an Arrest by Border Patrol?

There are many types of warrants that can appear when a person's information is run through the NCIC database, including:

  • Federal arrest warrants.
  • State or district felony or misdemeanor warrants.
  • Juvenile warrants for adjudicated delinquencies where the juvenile has fled from custody.
  • Individuals who have been identified as having committed a felony in a foreign country.

You can get all the information you need via:

OnlineNCIC Website
Phone Number800-943-2189
International Phone Number903-247-0069

In addition, other types of information can be flagged by NCIC when a traveler attempts to cross a U.S. border, such as:

  • Individuals who have been charged with serious or significant offenses.
  • Missing persons.
  • Known members of violent international gangs.
  • Individuals who have been designated by the Secret Service as posing a threat to the president or other authorized protectees.

What Happens if You Have a Warrant From Another Country?

If you are a U.S. citizen who gets flagged for having a warrant from another country, you will likely be required to wait as a comprehensive background check is performed. Generally, U.S. citizens will not be denied entry for foreign warrants. However, non-citizens with a warrant either from the U.S. or another country will generally be turned away at the border.

How to Search For Arrest Warrants (Before Border Patrol Does)

There are several online records search sites where individuals can look for information about warrants that have been issued against them. Unfortunately, these websites don't always look or feel like they're legitimate, and this can make many individuals feel like they are at risk of being scammed if they enter information on these sites, particularly if they're required to pay for the data provided.

Many state and local law enforcement agencies also provide citizens with a means for searching for arrest warrants against them. However, many individuals fear there is a warrant against them either:

  1. Do not know which entity issued the warrant.
  2. Do not feel comfortable contacting a law enforcement agency for this information.

Perform a Warrant Search in Four Easy Steps Through DoNotPay

Protect yourself from a potentially sticky situation at the U.S. border by checking for warrants against you or your loved ones. DoNotPay can help you do this in four simple steps:

  1. Go to the Check for Warrants product on DoNotPay.


  2. Choose whether you want to search for yourself or someone else, and answer a few questions to help us narrow down the search results, including current and previous addresses, age, the names of parents/relatives, and any known aliases.


  3. Select how you would like to receive the results in the case where we have to contact the police station on your behalf (by mail or email).


  4. Enter your contact information, including email, address, and phone number.


From here, DoNotPay will search online public records on your behalf to look for arrest warrants against you. If your state or county does not provide online records, we will contact the police station on your behalf and request copies of any warrants. Matching warrants will be sent to your address or email.

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