Whether you want to start a new job or go to school, there is a potential for someone to ask to see your criminal records. Here’s what you should know about these records and how to make sure they’re accurate.
What Are Criminal Records?
Your criminal history is maintained by the state and its law enforcement agencies. It has all kinds of information about you, such as your past run-ins with the law.
Your criminal records could include things such as:
- Past arrest information
- Current and pending charges
- Dismissed charges
Any misdemeanors or felonies are listed on your criminal record.
How Are Criminal Records Used?
Criminal records may be used by employers, the court or others. Most commonly, you’ll see people looking at background checks of others. Background checks are often used for the following purposes:
- Voter registration
- For naturalization or immigration
- For law enforcement
- When purchasing firearms
- Military service
- When renting property
- School admissions
- For security clearances
These aren’t all the reasons background checks could be used, but they are among the most common.
How Can Someone Access Your Criminal Records?
If you would like to search the state’s court records, you can do so through Hoohiki or eCourt Kokua. Certified copies of court records are available at the courthouses in specific regions, such as those in Maui or Honolulu.
Hoohiki maintains Family Court civil case information, which eCourt Kokua includes public information about family court (criminal) conduct, criminal court proceedings and more.
The general public can search the public access sites throughout the state or use the Adult Criminal Conviction Information (eCrim) website. Arrest records that do not result in convictions are not available to the public.
To see a full list of sex offenders and other covered offenders, you can search the Covered Offender Search available through the State of Hawaii Attorney General. The search allows you to look for people by offender type, status, name, last name, or address.
How Can You Request a Criminal Record?
To get an instant criminal history report, go to http://ecrim.ehawaii.gov. There, you can order a criminal history report. It will be emailed to the email that you input, so make sure that it is the correct email for delivery.
Not all agencies accept online printouts. Make sure that the records you need are accepted in a digital format. If not, then you will need to send a criminal history record check request to:
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
There is a $30 fee for this service. You will also need to provide the name, Social Security number, and date of birth of the person who you’re interested in finding out more about. If you want to get these results certified, the fee is an additional $20.