Criminal Records

Criminal records in the United States are digitally-stored files of documented arrests and criminal charges, as well as the results of those charges. In general, law enforcement agencies are responsible for collecting and maintaining criminal records at the local, state, and federal levels. An individual’s criminal record, or “rap sheet“, provides a comprehensive view of their criminal history. In addition to providing information for criminal investigations, a criminal record may be used when conducting background checks for employment, security clearance, adoption, or immigration. Criminal records contain information on:

  • Arrest
  • Arrest warrants
  • Convictions
  • Felonies
  • Inmate records
  • Juvenile criminal records
  • Parole information
  • Probation records
  • Misdemeanors
  • Sex offender listings
  • Serious traffic violations

Federal criminal records (Identity History Summaries), can only be accessed by the record holder. You must complete an application form and mail it, along with an original copy of your fingerprints and payment for the $18 processing fee, to:

FBI CJIS Division – Summary Request

1000 Custer Hollow Road

Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306.

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