Why is it called a mugshot?
The term "mugshot" originates from "police photograph" or "booking photograph". These photos include front and side views of convicted criminals. The word "mug" in "mugshot" refers to the face.
Where are mugshots taken?
Mugshots are taken when individuals are arrested and booked at county Sheriff's offices or county jails. They are public records
How to find past mugshots for free?
FindMugshots.com archives online criminal and arrest records, mugshots, charges, jail information, and more. Our historical database is accessible at any time.
Are mugshots public records?
Yes, mugshots are public records attached to criminal reports, arrest records, and booking information.
How long does it take for mugshots to appear online?
The timeline varies, but mugshots may be published within minutes or take up to 24-48 hours.
Why do police take mugshots?
Mugshots help identify suspects in crimes and assist in finding and convicting wanted felons.
How do I find recent arrests?
Contact local law enforcement or use our search for arrest/custody and inmate reports.
Are sex offender records available on FindMugshots?
Sex offender information may be available for public safety on FindMugshots.com.
Is everyone on this website guilty?
No, individual records on our website do not imply guilt; they are arrest and booking records. Guilt is determined by the Court of Law.
What goes on a mugshot sign?
A convicted criminal usually holds up a sign with their name, date of birth, weight, and booking ID, along with other relevant information. Digital photos are linked to a database with their criminal records.
Do mug shots ever go away?
Mugshots are typically public knowledge and may be used for legal purposes without your knowledge.
How long does it take for an inmate to show in the system?
Inmates appear on the CCDC inmate search about two hours after entering jail/prison and are removed about two hours before leaving confinement.
How often is a mug shot updated?
Different states vary in the procedures for updating ID photos; for example, California updates prisoner photographs about once a year.