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Certified Copies of Fingerprints and/or Criminal History Summaries

Certified Copies of Fingerprints and/or Criminal History Summaries

Note: An individual cannot request a certified copy of fingerprints and/or Criminal History Summary information.

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division provides certification of fingerprints and/or Criminal History Summary information to be used in court cases. Certified copies can only be requested by law enforcement entities

There are two different types of certifications as follows:

Level 1

Level 1 certification of fingerprints and/or Criminal History Summary information will include the requested information attached to FBI letterhead (Form 1-221).

To request a Level 1 certification, the requesting agency must provide the subject’s name, FBI number, date of birth, type of request (i.e., fingerprints with required dates of arrest, Criminal History Summary, or both), and the purpose of the request, official name and title of requestor, complete mailing address (no P.O. Boxes), telephone number, and agency ORI number on agency letterhead. The request can be sent via fax to (304) 625-5587 or mailed to the following address:

FBI CJIS Division
Attn: Special Processing Center
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306

Level 2

Level 2 certification of fingerprints and/or Criminal History Summary information will include the requested information, if available, a document signed by the assistant director of the CJIS Division with a raised seal and ribbon, and a letter from the Director of the FBI giving the assistant director signature authority for the document. This is recognized in court proceedings as an official document.

To request a Level 2 certification, the requesting agency must provide the subject’s name, FBI number, date of birth, type of request (i.e., fingerprints with required dates of arrest, Criminal History Summary, or both), purpose of the request, court date, official name and title of requestor, complete mailing address (no P.O. Boxes), telephone number, and agency ORI number. Also, requests for Level 2 certified copies must include the original court order signed by a judge, with the following exceptions:

  • Electronic communications (ECs) from FBI field offices;
  • Subpoenas from U.S. Attorney’s Offices only on agency letterhead;
  • Written communications from a foreign country for extradition purposes;
  • Written communications from any law enforcement agency going to a foreign country for extradition purposes; and
  • Electronic court orders.

The request can be mailed to the following address:

FBI CJIS Division
Attn: Criminal History Analysis Team 1
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306