Division of Criminal Justice Services

How to Request Your New York State Criminal History

An individual may request a Personal Record Review to obtain:

  • A copy of his or her New York State criminal history record, commonly called a rap sheet.
  • A “no record” response indicating that he or she has no New York State criminal history record.

Note: Individuals who have submitted their fingerprints as required by law for employment, licensing or other purpose (for example, adoptions) also will see that information on their Personal Record Review response.

Visit “Personal Record Review: What You Need to Know” for more information and step-by-step directions.

An individual cannot request a criminal history record for another person to determine if that person has a criminal history.

New York State Criminal History Record Guide (PDF): An example of a criminal history record to provide explanations and details about the type of information that can be included.

Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Guidelines: This link contains guidance that addresses the exclusion of job applicants with criminal records

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Personal Record Review: What You Need to Know

Personal Record Review: What You Need to Know

You may use your Personal Record Review response for any personal reason.

An employer or licensing entity cannot ask you to provide this information as a condition of obtaining or continuing a job or holding a license: this is prohibited by New York State Labor Law. This law does not apply to: employees of state or municipal departments; employees of legally incorporated hospitals, and employees of medical colleges associated with such hospitals; and employees of private proprietary hospitals.

Access to criminal history records for employment or licensing is only permitted if there is a state law, federal law, or local law of a New York State village, town, city or county that specifically authorizes a fingerprint-based criminal history record check for employment or licensure.

State Labor Law also requires every employer to post a copy of New York State Correction Law Article 23-A, which deals with the licensing and employment of individuals convicted of crimes. The information must be posted in a place accessible to employees.

There are two types of Personal Record Review responses:

Personal Record Review – Unsuppressed

This response contains all criminal history records, including those suppressed or sealed under New York State Criminal Procedure Law (CPL), including:

  • CPL 160.50 dismissed cases
  • CPL 160.55 eligible violation/infraction convictions
  • CPL 160.58 eligible substance abuse and related convictions
  • CPL 720.35 youthful offender adjudications
  • Individual charges dismissed in court and the equivalent arrest charges, if the case was disposed on or after Nov. 1, 1991.

Personal Record Review – Suppressed

This response does not include sealed or suppressed information, as detailed above.

Please Note:

  • An individual or his or her attorney must choose to receive either an unsuppressed or suppressed Personal Record Review response. If both responses are needed, a separate request must be submitted for each response.
  • Individuals who believe they have a criminal history record under more than one name must include those name(s) as aliases on the Personal Record Review application and fingerprint card. This information will help DCJS locate additional sealed records.
  • Children younger than 11 years old cannot be fingerprinted for a Personal Record Review

How to request a Personal Record Review while living in NYS

How to request a Personal Record Review while living in NYS

  1. Contact MorphoTrust USA to schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints taken: visit https://uenroll.identogo.com/ or call 1-877-472-6915.
  2. You must provide the following information, either online or by phone:
    1. One of the following Personal Record Review service codes: 
      • For a Suppressed Record: 15464Z More Info
      • For an Unsuppressed Record: 15465FMore Info
    2. If your response will be sent to your attorney, instead of you.
  3. You must provide the following at your fingerprinting appointment:
    1. One form of identification. Visit https://uenroll.identogo.com or call 1-877-472-6915 for information about acceptable forms of identification. Note: If you are a minor between the ages of 11 and 17 and do not have an acceptable form of identification, please complete the New York Photo ID Waiver for Minors form.

      AND
    2. Payment: $62. Credit cards, checks and money orders are accepted. Personal or business checks, certified checks, bank checks or money orders must be made out to "MorphoTrust USA".

After Submitting Your Personal Record Review request:

  • You can verify that your fingerprint transaction has been submitted to DCJS by contacting MorphoTrust USA: 1-877-472-6915.
  • You will receive your Personal Record Review from DCJS via U.S. mail within seven to 10 business days after the agency receives your fingerprint transaction from MorphoTrust USA. Responses cannot be picked up at DCJS.
  • Your response may include one or more of the following: your criminal history record, information about fingerprints you submitted as required by law for employment, licensing or other purpose, or a “no record” response.
  • You also will receive information explaining how to challenge the accuracy of any reported information.

Contact the Record Review Unit at 518-457-9847, 518-485-7675 or RecordReview@dcjs.ny.gov with any questions about this process.

More Info Personal Record Review – Unsuppressed

This response contains all criminal history records, including those suppressed or sealed under New York State Criminal Procedure Law (CPL), including:

  • CPL 160.50 dismissed cases
  • CPL 160.55 eligible violation/infraction convictions
  • CPL 160.58 eligible substance abuse and related convictions
  • CPL 720.35 youthful offender adjudications
  • Individual charges dismissed in court and the equivalent arrest charges, if the case was disposed on or after Nov. 1, 1991.

Personal Record Review – Suppressed

This response does not include sealed or suppressed information, as detailed above.

How to request a Personal Record Review while living outside NYS

How to request a Personal Record Review while living outside NYS

Cardscan processing of fingerprints is available for applicants living outside of New York or unable to visit an IdentoGo location. To use the Cardscan process, applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Download an FBI (FD-258) fingerprint card, complete the personal information fields on the fingerprint card and then contact a local law enforcement agency to have your fingerprints taken on the card.

    Note: If you are a minor between the ages of 11 and 17 and do not have an acceptable form of identification, please complete the New York Photo ID Waiver for Minors form.
  2. Visit https://uenroll.identogo.com to enroll for Cardscan submission. A processing fee of $62 will be collected during that enrollment process. During enrollment, you must provide:
    1. One of the following Service Codes:
      • 15464Z to obtain a Suppressed Record More Info
      • 15465F to obtain an Unsuppressed Record More Info
    2. If your response will be sent to your attorney, instead of you, and if so, your attorney’s mailing address.
  3. You will receive an enrollment confirmation page with a barcode printed on the top right of the page once your registration is complete. Print and sign the confirmation page with the barcode and mail the signed confirmation page and the completed fingerprint card to:

    IDENTOGO
    Cardscan Department
    6840 Carothers Parkway, Suite 650
    Franklin, TN 37067-9929

    NOTE: If you are out of country, please contact the Record Review Unit at one of the phone numbers provided below. 

After Submitting Your Personal Record Review request:

  • You can verify that your fingerprint transaction has been submitted to DCJS by contacting MorphoTrust USA: 1-877-472-6915.
  • You will receive your Personal Record Review from DCJS via U.S. mail within 30 business days after DCJS receives your fingerprint transaction from MorphoTrust USA. Responses cannot be picked up at DCJS.
  • Your response may include one or more of the following: your criminal history record, information about fingerprints you submitted as required by law for employment, licensing or other purpose, or a “no record” response.
  • You also will receive information explaining how to challenge the accuracy of any reported information.

Contact the Record Review Unit at 518-457-9847, 518-485-7675 or RecordReview@dcjs.ny.gov with any questions about this process.

More Info Personal Record Review – Unsuppressed

This response contains all criminal history records, including those suppressed or sealed under New York State Criminal Procedure Law (CPL), including:

  • CPL 160.50 dismissed cases
  • CPL 160.55 eligible violation/infraction convictions
  • CPL 160.58 eligible substance abuse and related convictions
  • CPL 720.35 youthful offender adjudications
  • Individual charges dismissed in court and the equivalent arrest charges, if the case was disposed on or after Nov. 1, 1991.

Personal Record Review – Suppressed

This response does not include sealed or suppressed information, as detailed above.

 

How to request a Personal Record Review and Waiver of the DCJS Record Review Fee

How to request a Personal Record Review and Waiver of the DCJS Record Review Fee

If you are unable to pay the fingerprint processing fee, you may contact DCJS to request a Record Review Fee Waiver Application Packet:

E-Mail: RecordReview@dcjs.ny.gov. You must provide your current complete mailing address to obtain the application packet; it cannot be e-mailed to you. 

OR

Surface Mail: Record Review Unit, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, 80 South Swan St., 5th Floor, Albany, New York 12210

Steps for completing the packet:

  1. Select the type of Personal Record Review response: Suppressed or Unsuppressed More Info
  2. Be sure to include the following documents:
    1. The Record Review Fee Waiver application form.
    2. The completed fingerprint card: obtain fingerprints on the card you received in the packet and complete the demographic information on the card.  Please do not fold the fingerprint card. If applicable, complete the authorization on the application form to have the Record Review response mailed to an attorney.
    3. One of the following to support your request for the fee waiver:

      A copy of a current and valid public assistance benefits card in your own name.  This could include a SNAP (Food Stamp) card, a Medicaid Card, a New York State Public Assistance Benefits Card, or a public assistance benefits card from another state.

      OR

      The Record Review Fee Waiver – Notarized Financial Statement (DCJS 1894B 01/16). This form requires you to provide your annual gross (total) household income and your household size.  You must complete the form, sign it and have the form notarized.

      This form will be included in the packet mailed to you and must be completed and returned if you do NOT submit a public assistance benefits card to support your request for a fee waiver.
  3. Mail the completed packet to:

Record Review Unit
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
80 South Swan Street, 5th Floor
Albany, New York 12210

Upon receipt, DCJS will review your application and if approved, the Record Review Unit will process your fingerprint cards.

  • You will receive a response via surface mail within seven to 10 business days. Responses cannot be picked up at DCJS.
  • Your response may include one or more of the following: your criminal history record, information about fingerprints you submitted as required by law for employment, licensing or other purpose, or a “no record” response.
  • You also will receive information explaining how to challenge the accuracy of any reported information.

Contact the Record Review Unit at 518-457-9847, 518-485-7675 or RecordReview@dcjs.ny.gov with any questions about this process.

More Info Personal Record Review – Unsuppressed

This response contains all criminal history records, including those suppressed or sealed under New York State Criminal Procedure Law (CPL), including:

  • CPL 160.50 dismissed cases
  • CPL 160.55 eligible violation/infraction convictions
  • CPL 160.58 eligible substance abuse and related convictions
  • CPL 720.35 youthful offender adjudications
  • Individual charges dismissed in court and the equivalent arrest charges, if the case was disposed on or after Nov. 1, 1991.

Personal Record Review – Suppressed

This response does not include sealed or suppressed information, as detailed above.