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Certified Copies of Fingerprints and/or Identity History Summaries

Certified Copies of Fingerprints and/or Identity History Summaries

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

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division provides certification of fingerprints and/or Identity 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 Identity History Summary information will include the requested information attached to FBI letterhead.

To request a Level 1 certification, the requesting agency must provide the following information on agency letterhead:

  • Subject’s name;
  • FBI number;
  • Date of birth;
  • Type of request (i.e., fingerprints with required dates of arrest, Identity History Summary, or both);
  • Purpose of the request;
  • Official name and title of requestor;
  • Complete mailing address (no P.O. Boxes);
  • Telephone number; and
  • Agency ORI number.

The request can be sent via fax to (304) 625-5587 or mailed to the following address:

FBI CJIS Division
Attn: Special Processing Center/BTC-4
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306

Level 2

Level 2 certification of fingerprints and/or Identity 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 following information on agency letterhead:

  • Subject’s name;
  • FBI number;
  • Date of birth;
  • Type of request (i.e., fingerprints with required dates of arrest, Identity History Summary, or both);
  • Purpose of the request;
  • Official name and title of requestor;
  • Complete mailing address (no P.O. Boxes);
  • Telephone number; 
  • Agency ORI number; and
  • Court date.

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