California arrest records
are public records. Public records pertain to documents that the government have accumulated during the course of their transactions with the public. Although records are public properties, some records are restricted and these include the criminal records of an individual. One can however access one?s own criminal records if they are doing a personal background check. Agencies, on the other hand, can also do so; however, they have to check for requirements from the Office of the Attorney General. Individuals who are looking for records of current inmates or prisoners can also do so by checking the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Residents of the State can avail of a background check of themselves by completing the Live Scan form, which they can download from the official website, or other online sites affiliated with the government?s official website. After downloading the form, they can go to their sheriff?s office or any local police department to have their fingerprint scanned. A $25 fee applies which is mandatorily set by the DOJ. Any excess fees may be charged by the fingerprint agency.
Out of state residents can also avail of the background check service. All applicants have to do is to download the State Summary Criminal History Records. The forms are available in English and Spanish and downloadable in PDF format. The applicant should go to the nearest fingerprint agency in their area and have their fingerprint scan. Payments are done through money order or check. aCash is not accepted, although fees charged by the fingerprint agency should be paid in the form that the agency deems acceptable.
The normal processing time takes about seven business days and for individuals who apply through agencies, they can get their result from the agency center. There are some cases when the processing will be extended and follow up is necessary to resolve the matter. Poor fingerprint quality scan, incorrect information and records with positive results are some of the common contributing factors
causing processing delays. For follow up, applicants can avail of the automated phone system to make their inquiries.
Those applicants with positive arrest records can clean up their records by appealing to the court. Those that are eligible include applicants who have misdemeanour or minor offenses under them. Understanding the conviction can be helpful to ensure that one gets to fill up the correct forms. Payment of $120 is charged to the person with probation and a $60 for those who have no probation.
Some law enforcement agencies have their rules and regulations pertaining to obtaining personal records. To ensure that one?s request is processed rapidly, they may want to phone in their inquiries especially when it comes to requirements needed. To save time, one can also check out free online arrest records searches. Although the information is limited, the information you might need might be included in the released information. Some companies will deliver the full results for a minimal fee. The government also provides a free search portal for people who are looking for sex offenders in the site.