As we mentioned, it is not that unusual for an FBI Criminal Report to contain a mistake. The FBI relies on county and state law enforcement departments to provide them with the information they need and they usually then simply enter it into their database. It's very rare that the FBI will verify information reported to them in this way, so they have no way of knowing that a mistake has been made unless you point it out to them.
If an individual does find a mistake on their FBI Criminal Report they have every legal right to challenge it and request that a correction is made. The FBI actually has a rather efficient system for doing this, but it is the person who's reporting an inaccuracy that must begin the process.
For federal Identity History Summary updates, the FBI must receive a request directly from the original arresting agency, from a court with control over the arrest data, or from another agency with control over the arrest data.
Option 2: Electronically submit your challenge request directly to the FBI
Step 1: Go to https://www.edo.cjis.gov.
Step 2: Follow the steps under the “Challenging Your Identity History Summary” section.
If you submitted a challenge request electronically directly to the FBI, you will receive a response electronically and an option to receive a response by First-Class Mail via the U.S. Postal Service.
Option 3: Send a written challenge request to the FBI
Your written request should clearly identify the information that you feel is inaccurate or incomplete and should include copies of any available proof or supporting documentation to support your claim. For example, if your disposition information is incorrect or missing, you may submit documentation obtained from the court having control over the arrest or the office prosecuting the offense. The FBI will contact appropriate agencies in an attempt to verify or correct challenged entries for you. Upon receipt of an official communication from the agency with control over the data, the FBI will make appropriate changes and notify you of the outcome.
You may submit an Identity History Summary challenge to the FBI by writing to the following address:FBI CJIS Division
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idu LiveScan Services is one of the select few companies in the US that have been certified by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) as an FBI Channeling Agency. An FBI-Approved Channeler is a private business that has contracted with the FBI as the conduit for submitting fingerprints to the FBI and receiving the FBI criminal history record information on behalf of an Authorized Recipient.
Based in Tampa, FL we have the extensive experience and efficiency needed to expedite the process of obtaining an FBI Criminal Report copy for those that need one. What you may be asking, however, is who would need an FBI Criminal Report and why:
U.S. citizens may be required to provide a “Certificate of Good Conduct” or “Lack of a Criminal Record” for use in traveling, living, working, adopting, education and retiring overseas. Most International Employers and Agencies depend on the FBI Identity History Summary to Verify their potential employees.
It comes as a surprise to a lot of people to learn that the FBI may be maintaining a criminal report on them. Some people even find the idea rather scary. But the fact is it is very common. The FBI gathers information from every police department and court in the country on arrests and convictions and compiles the information into a large national database. So, if you have ever been arrested, charged with a crime or convicted of one, the FBI knows about it and they have created a report that documents it all.
Not everyone has an FBI Criminal Report of course, as they are generally a summary of arrests and convictions - in all 50 states - related to a specific individual. But even if you have never been arrested, there are some specific situations that require you to prove that fact and obtaining an official transcript - officially called a National Identity History Summary check but more often referred to as an FBI Criminal Report - from the FBI is the most efficient and acceptable way to do that.
So, who might need to access their FBI Criminal Report and/or obtain a National Identity History Summary proving that they do not have a criminal history? Here are some of the most common examples.