Where Can I Check My Police Record?

By Tiffany Bennett

Whether you need them for traveling, adopting a child, proving your lack of a criminal history or challenging an accusation, you can receive information about your criminal records through a couple of different means.

Community Databases

You can begin by checking the records in your area based on your social security number, date of birth and other information. This information is available to anyone.

Requesting an Official Copy

If you would like a more official copy of your records, you can mail a signed cover letter, an up-to-date fingerprint card and a payment of $18 to the following address:

FBI CJIS Division--Record Request, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, WV 26306.

Fingerprinting

Fingerprint cards can be obtained by a fingerprinting technician at your local police department.

Processing

Once you have mailed your information, allow eight to 10 weeks for your request to be processed.

Fingerprinting Form

You may download a copy of the standard fingerprinting form from http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cjisd/pdf/fpcardb.pdf.

About the Author

Tiffany Bennett is a recent graduate from Toccoa Falls College. While earning her degree in counseling and psychology, she discovered that she enjoys various forms of writing. She is currently living in Athens, Ga., and looking forward to beginning a graduate degree program in international affairs at the University of Georgia.

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