How do get a copy of my criminal background?

Access to criminal history summary records maintained by the California Department of Justice is restricted by law to legitimate law enforcement purposes and authorized Applicant Agencies. Individuals have the right to request a copy of their own criminal history record from the department to review for accuracy and completeness. Requests from third parties are not authorized and will not be processed by the department.

  • To receive a copy of a criminal history record, individuals must submit Live Scan or Manual fingerprints and a $25 fee to the California Department of Justice.
  • All California Applicants must submit Live Scan fingerprints. Applicants living outside California/United States may submit manual fingerprinting cards.
  • If you live in California, you must use the Live Scan fingerprinting process. If you are having difficulty in obtaining a blank fingerprint card, please contact the Record Review Unit at 916-227-3849.
  • For Further information and a copy of the form go to the Attorney General Website.

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