Guide for Obtaining Your FBI Identification Record
Guide for Obtaining Your FBI Identification Record
What is an FBI Identification Record?
An FBI Identification Record, often referred to as a “RAP Sheet,” is a listing of information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with arrests. In some instances, it also includes information taken from fingerprints submitted in connection with federal employment, naturalization, or military service. The identification record includes the name of the agency or institution that submitted the fingerprints to the FBI. For criminal offenses, the identification record includes the date of arrest or the date the individual was received by the agency submitting the fingerprints, the arrest charge(s), and the arrest disposition(s) if known. The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division is not the source of the arrest data reflected on an identification record. All arrest information included in an identification record is obtained from fingerprint submissions, disposition reports, and other reports submitted voluntarily by agencies having criminal justice responsibilities.
Due to provisions within the Privacy Act of 1974, the FBI cannot provide criminal history information via the telephone or facsimile.
How do I obtain a copy of my FBI Identification Record for personal review?
You may obtain a copy of your FBI Identification Record by sending a request to:
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Attention: Record Request
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg , WV 26306
You are required to provide the following :
1) Your written request.
2) Payment for the $18 processing fee, either by certified check or money order made payable to the U.S. Treasury, or a credit card. For credit card payment information, visit the Identification Record Request website.
3) A current, original tenprint fingerprint submission (not previously processed) taken by a local law enforcement agency and bearing your name, date of birth, and place of birth. Key information needed is magnified below.
What will I receive?
In accordance with regulations established by the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI’s CJIS Division is empowered to furnish an individual with a copy of any record in our Criminal File pertaining to him/her or to advise the individual that no such record exists. In instances where a criminal history record exists in our Criminal File, the FBI Identification Record itself serves as our official reply. When no record is found, a dated “No Arrest Record” stamp, placed on the back of the fingerprint card the individual submitted for the Criminal File search, serves as our official reply.
How do I challenge my record?
If, after reviewing your record, you believe it is inaccurate or incomplete, you may challenge the record by contacting the agency (or agencies) that originally submitted the information or by sending your challenge to the FBI’s CJIS Division, Attention: Correspondence Group, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, WV 26306. The Correspondence Group will contact the appropriate agencies in an attempt to verify or correct the challenged entry for you. Upon receipt of official communication from the agency with jurisdiction over the data, the FBI will make appropriate changes, if necessary, and notify you of the outcome. Updating your FBI criminal history record can include having final disposition data entered, cases expunged, pardons entered, a conviction level changed, or rights restored. When challenging, you should submit any supporting documentation you have in your possession that indicates the final outcome of the arrest(s).
Your FBI Identification Record may not reflect all instances in which you were arrested and fingerprinted. The FBI maintains criminal history records voluntarily submitted by local, state, federal, and certain international agencies. You may need to contact the arresting agency or the repository of the state in which the arrest(s) occurred for criminal history record information. A state repository is responsible for maintaining and updating state criminal history records.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the processing time?
The FBI processes requests as quickly as possible; however, please allow several weeks for processing. You can obtain an estimate of the current processing time by calling (304) 625-5590.
Can the FBI send the results to someone (or an agency) other than me?
Under the U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73, the results must be returned to the requestor or his/her designated legal representative. A notarized authorization to release the results to the legal representative must accompany such a request.
Where can I get my fingerprints taken?
Local, county, or state law enforcement agencies may take your fingerprints for a fee. Also, some private companies offer this service—check the business listings in your telephone book.
Why was I told there was a problem with my criminal history but I received my fingerprint card stamped “No Arrest Record?”
There are several instances in which this might occur, such as:
1) Removal of arrest information may have been authorized since you were advised of the record problem.
2) A previous search was conducted with a name and physical description only, and the descriptive data you provided matched or was very similar to that contained in another individual’s record. Positive identifications are made by fingerprint comparisons.
3) The arresting agency may not have supplied the information to the FBI. You will need to contact the state repository in which the arrest occurred.
Firearm Background Checks
The Correspondence Group cannot access National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) information or comment on firearm-related issues. The NICS Customer Service can be reached at 1-877-FBI-NICS (324-6427) for firearm issues only or visit the Identification Record Request website.
Licensing and Employment Background Checks
Certain background checks for licensing and employment must be conducted through specific state and federal channeling agencies. Contact the requiring agency for correct procedures.