How do you get a copy of your own police record?


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The requirements for obtaining a personal police or arrest record vary by state. Most states require a fee to obtain the record, while others require fingerprints and some require notarized forms.

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How do you get a copy of your own police record?
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While the requirements for obtaining personal police records differ by state, many individuals can obtain their record from their local police department. Some states, such as Georgia, have electronic databases that allow individuals to search their felony status.

Information available on an individual's arrest record often includes, but is not limited to, the person's name, date of birth, Social Security number and personal identifying characteristics. Arrest data is also available, such as the arrest date, arresting agency and charges, along with the final judgment issued by the court.

If a person discovers that their identity has been compromised and learns that he has been accused of engaging in criminal behavior, the individual may have to pay for the inspection and their fingerprints, depending on state requirements. Once the local law enforcement agency completes an investigation, they provide the complainant with results of their findings.

In order to obtain a national criminal record, individuals must contact the FBI. The record is called an Identity History Summary, and unlike the requirements for some state and local agencies, individuals are only allowed to request a copy of their own report and not the report of someone else.

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