Execute a Free Nebraska Warrant Search (Wanted Person Lookup)

Free Nebraska Warrant Search
Find out if you or someone else has a warrant out for their arrest in Nebraska, free of charge.

Run a free Nebraska warrant search today, thanks to state and federal laws that allow private citizens to access government records.

Such a lookup can be particularly useful for people wishing to identify if they or another person has an active warrant for any reason. When performing these searches, information can be found about warrants and what they’ve been issued for.

This resource clearly and concisely addresses how to locate these sources and what to do if you discover you or someone you know has a warrant anywhere in Nebraska.

Who Is Authorized To Access & View Warrants Issued in Nebraska?

Every state has some form of Freedom of Information Act laws in place, granting access to public records detailing the official activities and expenditure of the government and officials representing it. The Nebraska Public Records Law, as dictated by NRS 84-712.01, grants access to state records from government bodies at all levels.1

Public records, including criminal records, may be requested by anyone without a statement of purpose, and there are no restrictions on the use of records obtained; this streamlines the process of tracking down records of warrants in Nebraska.

Several types of warrants exist within the state, and many of them are considered public records. However, some, such as search warrants, may not be disclosed to the public record until after they’ve been enforced to avoid interfering with law enforcement’s ability to complete their tasks.

Necessary Information & Insights To Search for Warrants in Nebraska

Performing a Nebraska warrant search requires having a certain degree of information about the individual being checked. In most cases, the more information provided during the record request, the more efficient the search becomes. At minimum, searches require full or partial names or case ID numbers to help pull the right records from court databases.

However, having more identifying details can be helpful, especially if the individual being searched for has a common name. If possible, knowing where the warrant was issued, the person’s date of birth or their city or county of residence can help narrow down search results.

Several agencies may have access to this information, and many provide it at no cost or for nominal fees. The right agency to search typically depends on the offense and the location the crime occurred in. Records may be kept at the federal, state, county or municipal level, and knowing which is likely to have jurisdiction over an individual can speed up the search.

Warrants may be issued for numerous reasons, from unpaid fines to failing to appear in court. However, most warrants can be identified through the same databases that will be provided in this article.

How To Perform a Nebraska Warrant Search Online

In Nebraska, anyone can request a Record of Arrest and Prosecution (RAP) sheet for any other person.

This document will include information such as where the individual was arrested, charges and dispositions, which may reveal warrants if the individual never presented themselves for court. These may be requested in three ways, though all three come with a $15.50 fee.

The first way is to complete an online request with the Nebraska State Patrol.2 This form requires the requestor’s personal information and information about the person of interest with as many details as possible. Nebraska State Patrol recommends providing a first and last name, date of birth, sex, race, driver’s license number, Social Security number and an address to help speed the process along.

A screenshot from the Nebraska State Patrol shows personal and contact details to request a criminal history report, with labeled fields for full name, address, city, state, zip code, and email verification.
Source: Nebraska State Patrol3

From there, enter payment information and receive the results. Results will provide a response either of “No Record” or “Request is being researched.” If further research is needed, it will take up to three business days to receive the report.

The second way to complete a warrant search through a RAP sheet is in person with a completed Criminal History Record Request Form.4 This can be filled out and submitted at the Criminal Identification Division office, located at:

Nebraska State Patrol
Criminal Identification Division
4600 Innovation Drive
Lincoln, NE 68521

Phone: (402) 479-4971
Fax: (402) 479-4321
Email: nsp.criminalidentification@nebraska.gov

Keep in mind that if your record request is for yourself and an active warrant is discovered in your name, you’ll be arrested immediately.

The same Criminal History Record Request form can also be mailed to the department with a payment for $15.50 in a cashier’s check, personal check or money order. The mailing address is:

Nebraska State Patrol
Criminal Identification Division
PO Box 94907
Lincoln, NE 68509

Locate Warrants in Nebraska through County Courts, Clerks of Courts & Sheriff’s Offices

County warrants are often held in county courts or in the county’s sheriff’s office. Below is a list of the three most populous Nebraska counties and how to obtain records pertaining to warrants within each at the county level.

Warrants in Douglas County can be identified with an online lookup tool.5 To use it, enter a last name or select the first letter of the last name and review the results. These will include a warrant number, the individual’s name, the initial charge associated with the warrant and whether the warrant is from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office or the Omaha Police Department.

Clicking on the individual’s name will review more information, including a court case number, RB number, address, identifying information and more information about their current charges.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
3601 North 156th Street
Omaha, NE 68116

Phone: (402) 599-2634
Alternate phone: (402) 599-2633

A screenshot from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office displays detailed information for a warrant, including a photograph and personal details of a male individual, his physical description, and the specific charge under his name.
Source: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office5

Lancaster County has a dedicated City of Lincoln/Lancaster County warrant lookup tool.6 By entering a first and last name, it’s possible to view an individual’s name, race, sex, date of birth and charges associated with the warrant. It also provides a photo when available, as well as whether the warrant is from the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) or the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office (LSO).

Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office
575 South 10th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 441-6500
Fax: (402) 441-8320
Email: lso@lancaster.ne.gov

A screenshot from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office detailing search fields for last name and first name, providing a list of individuals along with their race, gender, birth date, the agency issuing, the specific charges, and a column for photographs, some of which are filled with images while others indicate a photo is not available.
Source: Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office6

People with warrants in Sarpy County can be found through the Sheriff’s Office’s Active Warrants Search tool.7 To use this tool, insert a first and last name (or partial names) to narrow down the search, or click “search” without a name entered to view all warrants in the county.

Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office
8335 Platteview Road
Papillion, NE 68046

Phone: (402) 593-2288

A screenshot from the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office showing a list with personal details such as eye color, hair color, sex, race, height, weight, and age, along with address, the agency responsible, and statute numbers for each record found.
Source: Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office7

Any returned results will list the type of warrant and the date it was issued, as well as the responsible agency and the charges associated with it. The warrant number can also be found within the results.

Find Arrest Warrant Details via Nebraska Municipalities

In some cases, municipalities and counties share the same warrant search tools. The following is a list of the five most populous municipalities in Nebraska and how to identify warrants within them.

Omaha city warrants can be located using the Omaha Police Department’s online Search Criminal Warrants tool. It operates using the same data as the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office tool by the same name.

Omaha Police Central District
505 South 15th Street
Omaha, NE 68102

(402) 444-5815

The Lincoln Police Department shares the same online lookup tool as Lancaster County. It also offers an online criminal history request form, though these records come with a $10 charge.8 This form requires your name and address as well as the name, sex and date of birth of the individual whose history you’d like to see.

Lincoln Police Department
575 South 10th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

(402) 441-6000

A screenshot from the Lincoln Police Department detailing an online form for requesting criminal history information, highlighting required fields for entering the name, sex, and date of birth of the individual being researched, as well as the requester's name and address, with a submit button and a reset button at the bottom.
Source: Lincoln Police Department8

Bellevue warrants can be viewed using the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office warrant lookup tool (linked in the section above).

Bellevue Police Department
1510 Wall Street
Bellevue, NE 68005

(402) 593-4111

Grand Island warrants are documented under the Hall County Outstanding Arrest Warrants online database.9 To use this, simply enter a name or select the first letter of the individual’s last names and browse. Results will include a photo (when applicable), identifying information, the type of warrant in their name and what they’re wanted for.

The Public Information Office may also provide public records, if requested:

Grand Island Public Information
100 East First Street
Grand Island, NE 68801

Phone: (308) 385-5444 ext. 149

The city of Kearney doesn’t have its own warrant lookup tool, but public records can be requested through the City Clerk’s Office using the open public records request form that can be faxed or emailed. This entails a $0.25 per page fee.

Kearney City Clerk’s Office
18 East 22nd Street
Kearney, NE 68848

Phone: (308) 233-3216
Fax: (308) 234-6399
Email: peynetich@kearneygov.org

Look Up Federal Warrants Issued in Nebraska or Elsewhere in the U.S.

When federal warrants are issued in Nebraska or elsewhere in the U.S., records can be found in several ways.

It’s important to note that these warrants are not as common as other types, and they’re often for more serious crimes. The FBI, DEA and U.S. Marshals Service keep databases of the top federally wanted fugitives, which can be found in the following databases:

A more thorough list of federal warrants may be located by using Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), a federal database maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.10 Using this tool, it’s possible to uncover federal arrest and search warrants using the individual’s name. Click on their case number and select the Docket Sheet or History/Documents query.

This should reveal any federal warrants. However, this isn’t a free tool and is subject to fees.11 It costs $0.10 per page or $2.40 per audio file.

If PACER doesn’t reveal any results, another option to reveal federal warrants is to hire a criminal defense attorney to complete a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request through the U.S. Marshals Service. This also comes with fees that will be assessed to cover the labor and materials necessary to produce the records.

A federal FOIA request can be submitted to the following address:

United States Marshals Service
Office of the General Counsel
Freedom of Information Act Unit
CG-3 15th Floor
Washington, DC 20530-0001

It’s required to respond to FOIA requests within 20 business days from the date of receipt, though it’s possible for a 10-business-day extension to be provided.

Main Warrant Types in Nebraska & Why They’re Issued

A warrant is a court order granting law enforcement permission to follow through with an action that would otherwise be deemed as violating the rights of the individual. Most commonly, they involve arresting the named person or searching and seizing property.

In Nebraska, there are numerous types of warrants. The ones below are among the most common in the state, but this is by no means a comprehensive list.

  • Arrest Warrants: These warrants are issued by a judge when they’ve determined there’s probable cause that an individual committed a crime that didn’t occur in the presence of a police officer. Most frequently, they’re issued after a peace officer or district attorney has presented evidence of a crime or after a grand jury indicts someone.
  • Bench Warrants: Bench warrants are issued after an individual defies a court order by failing to appear in court when summoned or after a probation violation. The judge may order an individual be held until they can be seen in court to prevent them from missing another court date.
  • Capias & Capias Pro Fine Warrants: These warrants are issued when a defendant who’s been found guilty of a crime fails to comply with the court-ordered punishment or fine.
  • Child Support Warrants: Nebraska allows warrants to be issued for a refusal to pay child support or to appear when summoned for court.
  • Fugitive Warrants: A fugitive warrant calls for the arrest of an individual who’s fled the jurisdiction in which they’re wanted for a crime. This typically involves crossing state borders. If an individual with a fugitive warrant is arrested in a different state, they’re usually extradited back to the state where they’re wanted.
  • Search Warrants: A search warrant allows law enforcement to search and seize property when looking for a piece of evidence after a crime. Any evidence discovered while this warrant is actively being enforced can be seized by the police for use by the prosecuting attorney in a court case.
  • Traffic Warrants: Traffic violations may result in tickets and citations that may require a court appearance. If an individual fails to show up to court, a warrant may be issued. This warrant will remain active until recalled by the court.

To have the warrant recalled, the associated ticket fees must be paid.

Warrants don’t expire without addressing them with the courts. Not all warrants will have police officers actively attempting to enforce them, but if the police encounter a person with a warrant, the person will be arrested. For example, if you don’t know you have a warrant and you’re pulled over for speeding or running a red light, what would normally end as a simple encounter and a ticket could result in your arrest.

Steps To Consider If You or Someone Else Has an Active Arrest Warrant in Nebraska

Discovering you or someone you know has a warrant can be distressing. It’s serious to have one in your name and can have negative implications.

When there’s an active warrant in your name, you can be arrested at any time, which can severely affect your life. It could interrupt work or your family life or be embarrassing if you are arrested in front of people you know. It’s important to be proactive when a warrant is in your name.

The most important step recommended to anyone with an active warrant is to seek help from a criminal defense attorney. They’ll be able to provide you with crucial guidance that can help you get the warrant settled quickly and with the least disruption to your life.

An attorney may be able to appear in court for you to resolve your warrant. A lawyer can also direct you how to pay fines or set a court date to handle the warrant, which is often the quickest way to resolve them.

You may also opt to turn yourself in so you’re taken into custody on your own terms. Prior to doing this, getting your affairs in order can help you spend the least amount of time possible in custody. It’s recommended to have a plan for important issues such as care for children and pets, and you should also take time to secure an attorney and discuss the situation with a bail bondsman preemptively.

If someone you know has an active warrant, the best course of action depends on whether they’re a safe individual. Friends and family members you trust can be informed of a warrant so they can handle their affairs quickly.

If the individual with a warrant is someone you fear would be dangerous to approach, it may be best to report their whereabouts to Nebraska State Crime Stoppers or the local county or municipal law enforcement agency.12

Discovering warrants can be distressing, but with the right resources and steps, it’s possible to resolve them relatively quickly; the most important thing to remember is that time is of the essence if a Nebraska warrant search reveals that you or someone you know is wanted.


References

1Nebraska Legislature. (2020). Nebraska Revised Statute 84-712.01. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from <https://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=84-712.01>

2Nebraska.gov. (n.d.). Getting Started. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from <https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-nsp-limited-criminal/>

3Nebraska.gov. (n.d.). Complete The Following Information About Yourself. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from <https://www.nebraska.gov/apps-nsp-limited-criminal/requestor/view>

4Nebraska State Patrol. (2021, June). Criminal History Record Request [PDF]. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from <https://statepatrol.nebraska.gov/sites/default/files/752_criminal_history_record_request-fillable_form.pdf>

5Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. (2024). Criminal Warrants / Protection Order Service. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from <https://www.omahasheriff.org/services/criminal>

6Lincoln Police Department. (2024). Police Department and Sheriff’s Office Warrants. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from <https://app.lincoln.ne.gov/city/police/stats/warrant1.htm>

7Sarpy County. (2024). Sarpy County Sheriff’s Active Warrants Search. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from <https://apps.sarpy.gov/warrants/>

8Lincoln Police Department. (n.d.). Lincoln Police Department Criminal History Request. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from <https://cjis.lincoln.ne.gov/~lpd/stats/chist.htm>

9Hall County, Nebraska. (2024). Outstanding Arrest Warrants. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from <https://www.hallcountyne.gov/content.lasso?page=7249>

10PACER. (n.d.). About Us. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from <https://pacer.uscourts.gov/about-us>

11PACER. (n.d.). PACER Pricing: How fees work. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from <https://pacer.uscourts.gov/pacer-pricing-how-fees-work>

12P3Tips. (n.d.). Nebraska State Crime Stoppers. Retrieved February 29, 2024, from <https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=450&CX=000000>