Obtaining your criminal record
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services displays personal criminal history records that can be accessed for agency purposes such as job or license applications. On the basis of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations Part 6050.1 and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), citizens and their attorneys are able to get certain information. This information can be represented by copies of all criminal history data held on file or a response telling them that there is no criminal history information under their names. T
hese criminal history record reports can feature data such as employment, licensing, fingerprints, and events. The “no record” type of response, together with the actual existing report, can be used for any personal reason by these people. A record review response cannot successfully replace a background check based on fingerprint-supported criminal history.
Such checks can be used for employment or licensing purposes, but they can also serve the purposes of New York state, federal, or local law enforcement agencies. As a side note, you should know that it is impossible to demand a personal record review for someone other than yourself.
Also, suppose you suspect the fact that you may have criminal history data under more than one name in a database. In that case, you should include the additional information on your application form and fingerprint card.
This way, you should more easily locate those extra sealed records that your fingerprints might not support. Employers need to know that the New York State Labor Law 201-f obliges them to post in an accessible place for their employees a copy of Correction Law Article 23-A. This article talks about the best ways to handle the matters of licensure and employment of criminal offense convicted citizens.
How to Contact DCJS
Resident of the state of New York
If you are a resident of the state of New York, you are going to have to request a public record review by following the steps:
- Start by contacting MorphoTrust USA, which is a vendor under a state contract. Call this toll-free number 1-877-472-6915 or visit the official website at: www.l1enrollment.com and schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints taken.
- Make sure you glance at the Request for MorphoTrust USA Fingerprinting Services – NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Record Review Program form and know exactly what type of information will be asked of you.
- Make sure you write down the Record Review ORI Number – NYDCJSPRY – which has to be listed.
- If it’s more convenient, request your records be sent directly to your attorney.
- Prepare and provide two forms of identification.
- Cover the fee required for fingerprinting purposes ($60.75) consisting of the DCJS Record Review Fingerprint Fee, which is $50 and the MorphoTrust USA processing fee, which $10.75.
For individuals residing outside of New York State, accessing an out-of-state record review application package necessitates contacting the DCJS Record Review Unit. Below is the step-by-step process for doing so:
1. Contacting DCJS Record Review Unit:
You can reach out to the DCJS Customer Contact Center by dialing any of these numbers: (518) 485-7675, (518) 457-9847, or 1-800-262-3257. Alternatively, an email can be dispatched to Record Review at dcjs.ny.gov.
2. Traditional Mail Service:
For those who lean towards conventional methods, the submission can be mailed to the following address: DCJS Record Review Unit, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, 4 Tower Place, 5th Floor, Albany, New York, 12203-3764.
Special Instructions for Canadian Residents:
Canadian residents can procure the application packet by calling 1-800-749-7554 or visiting an L-1 Identity Solutions website.
3. Completing the Application:
The next step involves completing the “Request for L-1 Cardscan Fingerprinting Services – NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Record Review Program” application. This should be mailed to MorphoTrust USA with your fingerprints and additional required information.
4. Application Fees:
The total fee for this process is $60.75. However, a Record Review Fee Waiver application packet can also be requested from DCJS.