Rates Continue to Decline for Fingerprint-Based, Name-Based Checks

October 5, 2016

New rates for criminal history record identification (CHRI) checks performed by the FBI went into effect on October 1, 2016 and are 50 percent lower than the cost of those services 23 years ago.

Until September 30, 2016, the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division’s fee for state and federal entities was $14.75 to process fingerprint-based CHRI requests for noncriminal justice purposes, such as employment and licensing. A similar process to check individuals who volunteer—e.g., hospital volunteers and sport coaches for recreational programs—had an associated fee of $13.50. However, beginning with the government’s new fiscal year, the rates dropped $2.75 each, bringing the fees down to $12 and $10.75, respectively.

This continued rate decrease reflects the FBI’s investment in technology that has allowed the processing of a record number of noncriminal justice CHRI checks while lowering costs. The cost benefit of this investment in technology was highlighted by the FBI’s fee study using the methodology approved in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (73 FR 34905, June 2008) and Final Rule (75 FR 18751, April 2010). The results of the study indicated that the cost of providing the fingerprint-based and name-based CHRI checks for noncriminal justice purposes was $2.75 lower than the rate previously charged. Subsequently, the CJIS Division moved to adjust the cost and published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing the coming fee reduction.

Form used by the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division to initiate and perform a criminal background check.

Aside from fingerprint-based CHRI checks, certain federal agencies are also authorized to conduct name-based checks. Entities approved to use this service save on each check beginning this fiscal year as the fee went from $2.25 to $2.

CJIS also eliminated the separate fee for enrollment in the Rap Back service as of October 1. Rap Back, which began in 2014, is an optional service that provides authorized users with the ability to enroll an individual in a program that notifies the user of subsequent information on that person that may change their status. For example, if the FBI receives a new criminal arrest or a disposition of an old arrest during the term of the individual’s enrollment, the FBI will notify the authorized recipient of this information. Based on the study, the cost of the optional Rap Back program is now included as part of the revised fee for fingerprint-based CHRI checks.

For general questions or comments regarding this information, please contact the Fee Programs Unit of the FBI’s CJIS Division by e-mail at Fee_Programs_Unit@ic.fbi.gov or by telephone at (304) 625-2360.

Fingerprint-Based Criminal History Record Identification Checks

ServiceFee Previously in Effect (through 9/30/2016)Fee Previously in Effect for CBSPs*Change in Fee AmountRevised Fee (effective 10/1/2016)Revised Fee for CBSPs* (effective 10/1/2016)
Fingerprint-based CHRI$14.75$12.75($2.75)$12.00$10.00
Fingerprint-based Volunteer CHRI (see 75 FR 18752)$13.50$11.50($2.75)$10.75$8.75

 * Centralized Billing Service Providers (see 75 FR 18753)

Name-Based Criminal History Record Identification Checks

Fee Previously in Effect
Change in Fee Amount
Revised Fee (effective 10/1/2016)
Name-based CHRI