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What are Mugshots?

Mugshots have been part of the United States criminal identification archival system for a long time. Since the 1850s, different police departments across the country publicly displayed the photographs of the criminals or absconders for discouraging and preventing criminal activities.

The law enforcement agencies of different states are now uploading these mugshots as part of criminal records of the new arrestees on their websites. is a completely free service to search for arrest mugshots without the trouble of searching for an arrested person or their arrested charge. If you have an inquiry about an arrest charge or probation charge, has all the information along with the police photograph of the individual you are searching.


Find Mugshots presents information that is sourced from records made freely and publicly available by your state and local law enforcement department every single day.

Find Mugshots collects thousands of arrest records and criminal charges a day, from crimes such as possession of a controlled substance, theft, or sexual assault. Our current database has over 1 billion records.

Find Mugshots is completely free of charge, our goal is to provide you with the most recent and even historic mugshots and arrest information. You may want to use our partners for additional information about a person or the specific arrest record.

Before the introduction of the internet, mugshots were either published in the local newspaper or distributed as flyers. The inherent deficiency of this information distribution system is its limited reach. These cannot be accessed or transferred easily. With the introduction of the internet, these mugshots of the arrestee were now available on the Sheriff's office website of different counties across the country.

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Mugshots Frequently Asked Questions

Why is a mug shot called a mugshot?
The world mugshots come from a pseudonym of what is known as a "police photograph" or a "booking photograph", these photos include angles from the front view and side view of the convicted criminal. The police came up with the term "mug-shot" because of the informal meaning of the word "mug", face.
Where are mugshots taken?
When an individual is arrested by police and then booked at county Sheriff's office or county jail their mugshot is taken. Booking mugshots are public records.
How to find past mugshots for free?
Find Mugshots collects and archives online criminal and arrest records, mugshots, charges, jail information and other details on a person or inmate. We maintain a historical database that can be accessed any time.
Are mugshots public records?
Yes, mugshots are public records which are attached to a criminal report, along with arrest records and/or booking information.
How long does it take for mugshots to appear online?
Timeline does vary based on the source. Sometimes they may never get released unless a request is made. In other cases it may be published within minutes of taking the mug shot, although on average it takes between 24-48 hours.
Why do police take mugshots?
If a victim, or someone who has been assaulted, would like to identify a suspect in a crime. They would contact an officer of the law and could help find and convict a wanted felon by identifying the mugshot.
How do I find recent arrests?
If you know where the arrest or felony occurred then you can contact the local law enforcement, policy or county Sheriff's office. If you are unsure of the arrest location, you may use our search to find arrest/custody and inmate reports.
Are sex offender records available on FindMugshots?
Sex offender information may be available for public safety, but if the suspect was arrested and had criminal records or criminal charges, then the record may appear on
Is everyone on this website guilty?
Short answer is NO. Individual records of our website does not constitute guilt, these are arrest and booking records. Guilt or conviction is decided by the Court of Law.
What goes on a mugshot sign?
The convicted criminal would usually be holding up a sign with their name, date of birth, weight, and booking ID along with other relevant information. With digital photography, the photo will be linked to a database along with their criminal mischief records.
Do mug shots ever go away?
Mugshots are usually used for all public knowledge, a defendant or individual may use your mugshot for legal purposes without your knowing.
How long does it take for an inmate to show in the system?
The inmate appears on the CCDC inmate search about two hours after they have entered the jail/prison, and they are taken off of that list about two hours before leaving that confinement.
How often is a mug shot updated?
Different states vary on the procedures of the update of ID photos, for example California updates their prisoner photographs about once a year.