What Are Criminal Records?
Criminal records hold your criminal history. They may include local, federal, or state records. Your records may have information such as your current and past addresses, your birth name, you date of birth, your aliases, any fingerprints that have been taken, and even a photograph.
Your criminal records may include:
- Past arrest information
- Dismissed charges
- Current and pending charges
- Acquitted charges
Any misdemeanors or felonies are also provided on your criminal background check.
How Are Criminal Records Used?
Criminal history records are normally used by law enforcement and non-criminal purposes. There are two kinds of searches in Missouri, personal identifier or name-based searches and fingerprint searches.
Why do background checks need to happen? They might be used for:
- Purchasing or transferring weapons or firearms
- Military service
- Security clearance
- School admissions
- Property rental
- When you want to register to vote
- If you would like to travel internationally
- When you want to become a naturalized citizen
- For law enforcemen
How Can Someone Access Your Criminal Records?
People are able to access your criminal records with a Personal Identifier Search or a fingerprint search. The Personal Identifier Search is $14 and available online. Only open records are available to the public.
Only open records are available to the general public. Open records include arrest information that is less than 30 days old, pending charges, suspended sentences, and convictions. To perform a search, the public can fill out this Criminal Record Check Form, Form SHP-158.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol maintains the Missouri Sex Offender Registry Database. This database is available to the public online at all times as required by law. The information on the website includes people who have pleaded guilty, been found guilty, or been convicted of being guilty of sexual offenses. The page lists absconders on the front page, which are people who have not listed their home addresses or who are non-compliant.
To search the sex offender database, you can use their last name, first name, tier level, predator type, and other identifying address information to locate them. You can also look at a state map of all the offenders within an area. The application looks at both true names and aliases to identify those who have offended.
How Can You Request a Criminal Record?
If you would like to obtain your own criminal record, you can get it through fingerprint or public options. It is $14 to get the results through the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site portal. Fingerprint services are more extensive and expensive. These are $28.50 per application for a state background check or $41.75 for a federal and state background check.
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