An FBI Identification Record, often referred to as a Criminal History Record or Rap Sheet, is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service.
How to Request a Copy of Your Own FBI Record
1. Complete cover letter.
- If for a couple, family, etc., all persons must sign cover letter
- Include your complete mailing address. Please provide telephone number and/or email address, if available.
- If you have a deadline (e.g., an immigration deadline), please include the deadline in your cover letter and on the outside of the envelope.
2. Fingerprint Card
- Obtain a set of your fingerprints (original card, no copies). Your name and date of birth must be provided on the fingerprint card.
Fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258) commonly used for applicant or law enforcement purposes.
- Include rolled impressions of all ten fingerprints and impressions of all ten fingerprints taken simultaneously (these are sometimes referred to as plain or flat impressions.)
- If possible have your fingerprints taken by a fingerprinting technician (this service may be available at a Law Enforcement Agency.)
- Previously processed fingerprint cards will not be accepted.
- Include $ 18 - U.S. dollars in the form of a money order, certified check made payable to the Treasury of the United States (please be sure to sign where required), or you may pay by credit card. Note: No cash, personal checks, or business checks will be accepted.
- If for a couple, family, etc., include $18 for each person
- If paying by credit card you must include the completed credit card payment form
- Credit cards will not be used for expedited mail services
Note: Personal or business checks are not an acceptable form of payment for Departmental Order (DO) Requests. Effective 7/2/2009, all personal and business checks submitted with a DO Request will not be returned. CJIS Division will provide the customer a letter denoting the reason the monetary instrument could not be used.
4. Mail the required items #1, #2, and #3 (listed above) to the following address:
FBI CJIS Division – Record Request
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306
An individual may challenge the information contained in the FBI Identification Record by contacting the original agency that submitted the information to the FBI or the state central repository in the state in which the arrest occurred.