Obtaining a Copy of Your FBI Rap Sheet

Anyone Can Get a Copy of Their Own FBI Record

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In the U.S., all citizens and permanent legal residents have a right to get access to their FBI Criminal Report. If you are interested in getting a copy of your FBI Identification Record (rap sheet) or finding out if you even have one, you may request a copy from the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. You may also request proof that a record for you does not exist.

People often request a copy of their FBI record for:

  • Personal review.
  • Adoption process.
  • For government clearance.
  • Dispute information on their record.
  • For international travel or work.
  • To obtain a student visa.
  • For jobs in security.
  • Out of Curiosity.

How to Request a Copy of Your Record

1) Complete the Applicant Information Form.

- All persons for which the request is being made for must sign the form (couple, family).

2) Provide a Current Set of Your Fingerprints.

- Fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258).

- The original fingerprint card must be sent (copies will not be accepted).

- Include your name and date of birth on the card.

- Include rolled impressions of all 10 fingerprints and impressions of all 10 fingerprints taken simultaneously (these are sometime referred to as plain or flat impressions).

- When possible, a fingerprinting techician should take your fingerprints. Check with your local police department for this service.

- To ensure the most legible prints possible, refer to the Recording Legible Fingerprints FBI brochure.

3) Submit payment.

Payments may be made with a money order, cashiers check, or credit card. The CJIS Division does not accept cash, personal checks or business checks.

- Option 1: Obtain a money order or cashiers check for $18 U.S. dollars made payable to the Treasury of the United States.

- Pay by credit card using the Credit Card Payment Form (pdf).

- If the request is for a couple, family, etc., include $18 for each person.

- If you are making multiple requests per person, include $18 for each request.

4) Review Your Documents Before Mailing

Review the FBI Identification Record Request Checklist (pdf) to ensure that you have provided, signed and included all the required information.

5) Mail in Your Request

Mail the applicant information form, fingerprint card, and payment to:

FBI CJIS Division – Record Request
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, WV 26306

5) Processing

Processing times may take up to six weeks depending on the volume of requests received and the CJIS Division does not expedite requests.

If there is no record located, you will receive a "no record" response. If you do have a criminal history record on file, you will receive your Identification Record, or "rap sheet."

What if You Spot an Error on the Report?

Missing or Incorrect State (Non-Federal) Information:

Before making any changes to the Identify History Summary, most states require that the process be handled through their state agency. Contact for each state can be found on the State Identification Bureau listing.

Missing or Incorrect Federal Information:

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

You also have the choice to 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 support your claim.

For example, if you were found not guilty of a crime, but the report does not have the information, you may submit documentation obtained from the court having control 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 control over the data, the FBI will make appropriate changes and notify you of the outcome.

You may submit an Identity 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

Source: The FBI