In general, a statewide criminal search uses the state's repository or database to discover criminal records. In some cases, not all counties will report information to the state repository.
However some states such as New York, Colorado, etc. have a repository where they house all the county records for the entire state. These repositories are generally handled by the state law enforcement agencies, the office of court administration, or a cooperative effort by all counties. For example New York's Office of Court Administration (OCA) state database includes records from all counties by law, but California's does not.
Statewide searches will also only search for local criminal information and will not include crimes tried at the federal level.
Please contact us if you'd like more information on which states are available and recommended by our Research Department.