An FBI Identification Record, often referred to as a Criminal History Record or Rap Sheet, is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service. If the fingerprints are related to an arrest, the Identification Record includes name of the agency that submitted the fingerprints to the FBI, the date of arrest, the arrest charge, and the disposition of the arrest, if known to the FBI. All arrest data included in an Identification Record is obtained from fingerprint submissions, disposition reports and other reports submitted by agencies having criminal justice responsibilities.
An individual may request a copy of his or her own FBI Identification Record for personal review or to challenge information on the Record. Other reasons an individual may request a copy of his or her own Identification Record may include international adoption or to satisfy a requirement to live or work in a foreign country (i.e., police certificate, letter of good conduct, criminal history background, etc.)
Can I request my own record for an employment background check?If you are requesting a background check for employment or licensing within the United States, you may be required by state statute or federal law to submit your request through your state identification bureau, requesting federal agency or other authorized channeling agency. You should contact the agency requiring the background check or the appropriate state identification bureau (or state police) for the correct procedures to follow for obtaining an FBI fingerprint background check for employment or licensing purposes. For more information, click here.
Who May Request a Copy of Record
Only the subject of the identification record can request a copy of his own FBI Identification Record.
How to Request a Copy of Record
1. Prepare a signed written request for copy of your record.
2. Obtain proof of identity, which consists of a set of your fingerprints
3. Include $18 - U.S. dollars in the form of a money order or certified check
4. Mail the items #1, #2, #3 (listed above) to the following address:
FBI CJIS Division Record Request
|Please Note: If any of the above items are missing or incomplete, the request will be returned.|
approximately 6-8 weeks for processing, upon receipt to
What You Will Receive
1. No Record Response Consists of the original fingerprint card
2. FBI Identification Record
How to Challenge Your Record
An individual may challenge the information contained in the FBI
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