Arrest Disposition Submission

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An Identity History Summary—often referred to as a criminal history record—includes an individual’s identifiers (descriptive information and fingerprints), arrests, and subsequent dispositions.  All information on an Identity History Summary is obtained from fingerprint submissions, disposition submissions, and other information submitted by authorized criminal justice agencies to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. Each criminal arrest should have a disposition.

Section I. Introduction

The FBI defines a disposition as the formal or informal conclusion of an arrest or charge at whatever stage it occurs in the criminal justice system. A disposition reports the court’s findings and can include information as to whether an arrest charge has been modified or dropped.

Dispositions are submitted by criminal justice agencies and posted to the Identity History Summary to ensure accuracy and completeness. Dispositions are submitted to the CJIS Division by:

  • State Criminal History Repositories
  • Arresting Agencies (Sheriff’s Offices, Police Departments, State Police, Correctional Facilities)
  • Courts
  • Federal Agencies (FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Marshals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, etc.)

Note: If you have reached this page because you are seeking information on how to obtain your Identity History Summary or challenge the presence or absence of information on your summary, review the Challenge of an Identity History Summary to obtain information regarding your FBI Identity History Summary or contact us at 304-625-5590.

Importance of Arrest Dispositions

In every instance where criminal arrest fingerprints have previously been submitted to the FBI, it is imperative that the final disposition be submitted to maintain a complete and accurate Identity History Summary.

A complete Identity History Summary is important to Law Enforcement for investigative purposes, as well as for non-criminal justice background checks for employment, licensing, adoption, citizenship and firearm purchases. In any of these cases, if a disposition is not present on the individual’s Identity History Summary, this could prevent or delay finalization of these proceedings.

Disposition Task Force Best Practices Guide (pdf)

Section II. Arrest Disposition Submission Formats

Dispositions can be submitted via compact disk-read only memory (CD-ROM) Machine Readable Data (MRD), electronic format via the Interstate Identification Index (III) Disposition Message Key, or paper format (Disposition Forms).

Over half of all dispositions received by the CJIS Division are submitted via MRD. States submitting dispositions via MRD prepare the disposition information per specified guidelines established in the Disposition/Expungement MRD Specifications Manual. Each CD contains up to 20,000 dispositions. There is no waiting period for a disposition to be posted once the CJIS Division receives the MRD CD. The CDs are processed and information is automatically updated to Identity History Summaries with minimal manual intervention. This means in a matter of hours, several thousand summaries will have updated disposition information. MRD submission results in major savings in personnel resources and faster processing.

MRD Requirements

Currently, only state agencies can submit dispositions via MRD. In order to submit dispositions via MRD, the state must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a Single Source State: This means that the State Criminal History Repository is the centralized agency for dispositions, expungement requests, corrections, deceased notices and consolidations.
  • State Criminal History Repository must be the Point of Origin for MRD submission.
  • Media Type: CD-ROM.

For more information, contact the FBI via e-mail at fbi-iii@leo.gov and ask for the Disposition/Expungement MRD Specification Manual.

III Disposition Message Key Requirements

Currently, only state agencies can submit dispositions via III. In order to submit dispositions via III, the state must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be an III participating state.
  • Must be programmed to receive automated accept and reject messages.
  • Must successfully test with the FBI CJIS Division prior to submitting.

For more information, contact the FBI via e-mail at fbi-iii@leo.gov.

Paper Disposition Forms

Some examples of paper disposition forms include:

  • Court Orders
  • Computerized Forms Devised and Approved by the Respective State
  • R-84 Final Disposition Report

The R-84 Disposition Report, available through the FBI free of charge, is the most commonly used paper Disposition Form. Complete the R-84 form and send it to the FBI via email, mail, or facsimile as indicated in Section III below. To order copies of R-84 Final Disposition Reports, contact the FBI at 304-625-3983 or order online.

Required Information for the R-84 Disposition Report

1) Date of Birth (DOB): DOB in month, day, and year format (e.g., MM/DD/YYYY). If a complete DOB is not known, enter the approximate age of the subject followed by the statement "Years of Age." 

2) Name: The name submitted on the original arrest fingerprints that established the record. The format is last name followed by a comma, first and middle name, if any. Suffixes denoting seniority (e.g., Jr., Sr., III, etc.) should follow the middle name.

3) Date of Arrest: Date the subject was arrested by the contributor of the original arrest fingerprints. The format is month, day and year (e.g., MM/DD/YYYY).

4) Submitting Agency ORI and Submitting Agency City and State: The Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) number, city, and state of the submitting agency.

5) Court Offense Literal (COL): Express the original arrest charge(s) at the time of disposition in literal terms (e.g., murder, rape, robbery, etc.). 

6) Court Provision Literal (CPL):

  • List all final disposition information, including the sentence date for each charge.
  • Include amended charges.
  • Indicate the type of sentence imposed if applicable (e.g., consecutive, concurrent, probation, etc.).
  • Number each disposition to correspond with the appropriate charge.
  • If the subject was convicted or plead guilty to a lesser charge, include the modification with the disposition.
  • Indicate if a single final disposition applies to all charges listed (e.g., five years prison on charges of burglary and theft).
  • Indicate felony or misdemeanor.
  • Indicate relationship to victim, if applicable.
  • Indicate whether offense is drug-related or not.


Other Helpful Information for the R-84 (But Not Required)

1) FBI Number - Universal Control Number (UCN)

2) State Identification Number (SID): The SID is an identifying number assigned to the subject of record by the state in which the arrest occurred. Enter SID numbers with no more than ten alphanumeric characters, which includes the state abbreviations.

3) Social Security Number (SOC)

Common Reasons Dispositions Could Be Rejected

1) No FBI Identity History Summary Established for Subject (“Non-Ident”) or Date of Arrest Not on File: In both of these cases, the CJIS Division has not received arrest fingerprints related to the disposition submission. No FBI summary means that the FBI Criminal File does not contain a summary for the subject. No Date of Arrest means there is a summary, but the arrest to which the disposition refers is not on file.

2) Missing Information:

  • No State Criminal History Repository (Identification Bureau) Stamp - Some states require that criminal history documents be processed through the State Criminal History Repository prior to being sent to the FBI. States that process documents through the State Repository will place a State stamp on the document when processing has been completed.
  • No Disposition Provided.
  • No Name or Date of Birth Provided - This information is needed to identify the appropriate Identity History Summary to post the Disposition.
  • No Charge Provided - The CJIS Division cannot determine which arrest cycle to associate the disposition without the original arrest charge.
  • No Date of Arrest Provided - Without the date of arrest, it is difficult to determine what arrest cycle the disposition should be associated


3) Charge Not in Literal Form:
Numeric arrest codes and U.S. Title Codes are acceptable only when accompanied by the literal charge.

4) Date of Arrest Does Not Match

5) Not Identifying Appropriate Disposition to the Appropriate Charge: If there are multiple arrest charges on the R-84, it is important to indicate which disposition goes with each charge. Please include any amended charges.

6) Illegible Handwriting

Section III. Customer Service 

To Order R-84 Disposition Reports:

Contact the FBI at (304) 625-3983 or order online.

To Submit Dispositions (must be submitted by a criminal justice agency/court only):

Mail paper dispositions to the following address:

BSU Inventory Control – Dispositions
FBI CJIS Division, BSS
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306

Send dispositions via e-mail to r84@fbi.gov.

Send dispositions via facsimile to 304-625-9896

To Submit Expungements (must be submitted by a criminal justice agency/court only):

Mail paper expungements to the following address:

BSU Inventory Control – Expungements
FBI CJIS Division, BSS
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306

Send expungements via e-mail to ck_expungements@fbi.gov.

Send expungements via facsimile to 304-625-9815.