Criminal History Summary Checks


Challenge of a Criminal History Summary

The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division serves as the nation’s central repository and custodian for fingerprints and related Criminal History Summary information. As custodian of such information, the CJIS Division does not have the authority to modify any Criminal History Summary information unless specifically notified to do so by the agency that owns the information. If you believe your Criminal History Summary contains inaccurate or incomplete information, you have two options for requesting a change or correction:

Option 1: Contact the agency or agencies that submitted the information to the FBI.

Missing or Incorrect State (Non-Federal) Information

Most states, through agreement with the FBI, require that modification requests for Criminal History Summary information be processed through their respective state central repository (State Identification Bureau) before any update can be applied by the FBI to its record. You may contact the respective state repository(ies) for assistance, and, if applicable, request that they provide the FBI with updates to your Criminal History Summary. Contact information for each state is provided on the State Identification Bureau listing.

Several states maintain their own record system. Record updates are made at the state level only, so the FBI cannot modify its records. Instead, the FBI accesses the state’s system for authorized purposes to review the record. Contact information for states maintaining records at the state level is provided on the State-Maintained Records listing.

Missing or Incorrect Federal Information

For federal Criminal History Summary updates, the FBI must receive a request directly from the original arresting agency, from a court with jurisdiction over the arrest data, or from another agency with jurisdiction over the arrest data.

Option 2: Send a written challenge request to the FBI’s CJIS Division.

Your written request should clearly identify the information that you feel is inaccurate or incomplete and should include copies of any available proof or supporting documentation to substantiate your claim. For example, if your disposition information is incorrect or missing, you may submit documentation obtained from the court having jurisdiction over the arrest or the office prosecuting the offense. The FBI will contact appropriate agencies in an attempt to verify or correct challenged entries for you. Upon receipt of an official communication from the agency with jurisdiction over the data, the FBI will make appropriate changes and notify you of the outcome.

You may submit a Criminal History Summary challenge to the FBI’s CJIS Division by writing to the following address:

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


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