How to Correct an FBI Record

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An FBI record, also known as a Criminal History Record, contains information about an individual's criminal history and is collected and maintained by the FBI. FBI records are typically derived from prior fingerprint records at various law enforcement agencies across the nation. It is highly important to ensure that information on your FBI record, if any, is accurate, as FBI records are typically the subject of background investigations.

Contact the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division of the FBI about requesting for your FBI record.

Submit a dated and signed cover letter to the CJIS Division of the FBI. Include a reliable mailing address as well as a telephone number where you can be reached.

Have your fingerprints taken at a local law enforcement agency. The finger prints must be on the FBI's Form FD-256.

Pay the $18 processing fee. The FBI will only accept money orders or certified checks made payable to "The Treasury of the United States."

As of 2009, your cover letter, fingerprint card, and processing fee should be mailed to:

FBI CJIS Division -- Record Request 1000 Custer Hollow Road Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306

Check with the CJIS Division before mailing your request to ensure the address has not changed. At present, you should expect to wait as long as 10 weeks from the time your request is received to the time you receive your FBI record.

Check your record and look for any incorrect information. If you find incorrect information, locate the name of the contributing agency that provided the information. You can contact the agency directly about modifying the incorrect record. If the name is not available, contact the CJIS Division for this information. FBI rules stipulate that only the contributing agencies, not the FBI, can modify records.


  • Information on your FBI record is collected by the FBI from contributing agencies, such as the police department. You must contact these contributing agencies yourself in order to correct your FBI record.



About the Author

Eric Som has been writing professionally since 2002, contributing to various websites. He is certified through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Som holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Laws from Handong Global University. He also has a Juris Doctor degree from an Ohio law school.