Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification
Bureau of Criminal Identification
Utah is a closed records state, meaning Utah criminal records are not available to the public. Only individuals may request to review personal criminal records. Authorized employers, according to federal law, and law enforcement and criminal justice agencies may request criminal records on third parties, which will include all arrest information, whether a conviction resulted or not, but won’t include juvenile records.
Utah Court Record Availability
Employers not identified by state statute cannot request records, even with notarized release from prospective employee. Records are not open to the public nor to employers not identified by statute signature.
Access to Utah Court Records
The Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), a division of the Department of Public Safety, disseminates criminal records. Individuals may request copies of their own records in person at the BCI office in Salt Lake City or at authorized law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Applicants must present a valid, government-issued photo ID. Alternatively, individuals may mail in a completed copy of the BCI’s Application for Criminal History Form. Employers and agencies that are authorized to obtain criminal records must submit the appropriate application form to the BCI.
A processing fee of $15 applies to name-based BCI criminal background checks. Fees for fingerprint-based checks vary depending on the agency requesting the records. The fee may be paid by cash, personal check, credit card, money order, or cashier’s check.
Criminal records may be requested throughout the lifetime of the record subject. Records are archived according to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification retention policies.
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