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New York Criminal Records

New York Criminal, Inmate & Background Check Information At Corrections & Police Departments

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Where To Access Criminal Records In New York

New York Department of Public Safety

About This Office:

The Criminal Identification Unit is part of the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and maintains the central repository of criminal records for the state plus all fingerprints associated with misdemeanor and felony arrests.

Criminal Records At This Office:

All criminal record requests are fingerprint-based searches to ensure accurate results. Individuals requesting personal records must fill out a request form and bring it along with two forms of identification. A fee of $61.50 is also required, which includes the DCJS record search fee of $50 plus a processing fee of $11.50. Any aliases should be included on your application in case sealed records not linked to your fingerprints may be located with your request.

Access To New York Criminal Records:

New York criminal records may be released, in full, to individuals requesting their personal criminal records. Authorized employers or licensers, law enforcement and criminal justice agencies may request criminal records of third parties. Criminal records include all arrests, convictions, sentences and dispositions, including civil offenses, on record for that individual.

How To Lookup Inmate & Incarceration Records In New York

New York Department of Corrections

About This Office:

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) for New York operates 67 state correctional facilities plus the Willard Drug Treatment Campus, which has 916 beds. Roughly 58,000 inmates are incarcerated in New York. DCS has received addiction services certificates for five correctional facilities, and DCS also received a federal grant for a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents.

Inmate Records At This Office:

New York inmate lookup is performed online through DCS. The inmate locator system will return results based solely on ID number or through a combination of name and birth year.

Access To New York Inmate Records:

New York inmate lookup can be done by the public, but will not return inmate records on juveniles, previously incarcerated non-violent offenders and those who had a conviction set aside. Otherwise, inmate records will include name, gender, date of birth, race, custody status, incarceration location, date incarcerated, county of commitment, a list of up to four criminal convictions, projected release date, and terms of sentence.

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New York  Unified Court System

About This Office:

The New York State Unified Court System oversees the Office of Court Administration, which is responsible for fulfilling requests for New York criminal background checks. Both the criminal and civil court systems are contained under the Unified Court System to facilitate the promotion of law and justice within the state.

Background Checks At This Office:

New York is an open records state, meaning that anyone may request New York criminal background checks on any person, although these searches are name-based only. Criminal records considered public are returned, including any misdemeanor or felony convictions, open and pending misdemeanor or felony charges. Sealed criminal records are not included.

Access To New York Background Records:

Individuals wishing to obtain New York background checks must fill out the request form, including the full name and date of birth for the person whose criminal records you wish to access. The application and fee can be mailed or submitted in person, and results can be mailed, emailed or picked up.

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