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Criminal History Information

The Idaho State Police, Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) maintains the state's central repository of criminal history information. The repository is an automated database of records based on fingerprint arrest records reported to BCI from Idaho criminal justice agencies. The information in the database is critical to effective decision-making at every phase of the criminal justice process. This information is available on-line to authorized criminal justice agencies. In addition, the criminal history system is increasingly used for non-criminal justice background checks, such as employment screening and licensure. The automated criminal history records may be searched by name or by fingerprints.

EXPUNGEMENT PROCESS

Expungement Process

Under the provisions set out in Idaho Code 67-3004(10), any person who was arrested or served a criminal summons and who subsequently was not charged by indictment or information within one (1) year of the arrest or summons and any person who was acquitted of all offenses arising from an arrest or criminal summons, or who has had all charges dismissed, may have the fingerprint and criminal history record taken in connection with the incident expunged pursuant to the person’s written request directed to the department.

What is the process for expunging a charge from my criminal history record?

To take advantage of Idaho Code 67-3004(10), you need only provide arresting agency or court records showing compliance with the statute.

Expungement Flow Chart | Expungement Application

For other questions regarding expungement of records, you will need to contact an attorney or legal advisor.

HOW TO READ YOUR CRIMINAL HISTORY
FAQ'S

Can charges from my criminal record be erased?
Yes, under the provisions set out in Idaho Code 67-3004(10), any person who was arrested or served a criminal summons and who subsequently was not charged by indictment or information within one (1) year of the arrest or summons and any person who was acquitted of all offenses arising from an arrest or criminal summons, may have the fingerprint and criminal history record taken in connection with the incident expunged pursuant to the person's written request directed to the department.

What is the process for expunging a charge from my criminal history record?
To take advantage of Idaho Code 67-3004(10), you need only provide arresting agency or court records showing compliance with the statute.

Expungement Flow Chart | Expungement Application
For other questions regarding expungement of records, you will need to contact an attorney or legal advisor.

I have been denied a firearm because of a record in the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System). What do I do?
You will need to submit a request to appeal your denial decision by writing to:

Federal Bureau of Investigation
NICS Section Appeal Services Team, Module A-1
P.O. Box 4278
Clarksburg, WV 26302-9922
Customer Service: 1-877-444-NICS (6427)
Or via e-mail at: nicsappeals@leo.gov
Or via fax at: 1-304-625-0535

Will a charge that has been dismissed show on my record?
Yes. A charge that has been dismissed will continue to show on a record with the dismissal action also noted.

How long will information stay on my criminal record?
Information remains in a criminal record indefinitely, unless legal action has been taken by the court for complete removal of data.

Are juvenile criminal histories available?
No. Juvenile records are not included in the Idaho database. However, if a juvenile was adjudicated as an adult, the record of that event would be available.

What is criminal history information?
The criminal history contains information based arrest data reported to BCI from Idaho criminal justice agencies. Note: If an arrest fingerprint card is not submitted, the information on an arrest will not be present on an Idaho criminal history. In some instances, a record of arrest may be found at the local level, but not within the state criminal history. The Idaho criminal history database contains information on Idaho arrests only, and does not include other state's records, FBI records, or subjects convicted in federal court.

What if the record has charges that do not belong to me?
All arrest events in the Idaho database are supported by fingerprints. If a person disputes the accuracy of the information obtained in a background check, the person may request a certified copy of his or her record by following the instructions in the Fingerprint Based Check. When challenging a record, the fingerprint based check is processed free of charge. After reviewing the record the individual may supply supplemental information from the arresting agency or court. All information provided will be reviewed and entered into the record, if needed.

Can a local law enforcement agency do a statewide criminal records check for the public?
No. Only BCI has the authorization to conduct a statewide record check for non-criminal justice licensure or employment screening purposes. A local law enforcement agency may do a check of their records only.

AUTOMATED BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (ABIS)
Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS)

ABIS is a powerful identification and crime-solving tool. Arrest fingerprints can be quickly searched against millions of prints in an automated file, and identification can be made from a list of candidates. ABIS also dramatically increases the efficiency of matching and identifying latent fingerprints. Idaho is a charter member of the Western Identification Network (WIN). This cooperative arrangement provides the capability to search fingerprint records in a centralized database created by Idaho, Alaska, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Fingerprint records in California may also be searched through WIN.

ABIS LATENT SUBMITTAL FORM

Electronic Fingerprint Submissions

We accept electronic submissions of criminal arrest cards and authorized civil fingerprint cards. If your agency would like to begin submitting electronic fingerprint cards, please contact:

Kathy Blades
(208) 884-7134
kathy.blades@isp.idaho.gov

Palm Printing Procedures

For Information on biometric procedures:
Capturing Legible Fingerprints
Palm Guidance v1.0
Palmprints
Mugshot Implementation Guide
Mug Shot Guide Poster