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Criminal Records Requirements for the State of California                                                                                                                                                

Name of Agency:  State of California/ Department of Justice

, Record Review Unit , P.O. Box 903417 , Sacramento, CA 94203-4170

Phone Number: 916-227-3835

Print out the Application to Obtain copy of State Summary Criminal History Record (Form BCIA 8705, pdf) and follow the instructions on the form. A Spanish version of this form is also available (Form BCIA 8705S, pdf). Please contact your local law enforcement agency for fingerprinting services. PLEASE NOTE: Your fingerprint card must contain your full name, date of birth, sex and return mailing address. If you are having difficulty in obtaining a blank fingerprint card, please contact the Record Review Unit at (916) 227-3849.


Manual submissions must be accompanied by either personal check drawn on a U.S. bank, money order or certified check. The check or money order must be made payable to the “California Department of Justice.” Mail your application, fingerprint card and processing fee to:


California Department of Justice

Record Review Unit

P.O. Box 903417

Sacramento, CA 94203-4170

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Successful challenge:

Once you have received your Record Review response, if you want to challenge the contents of your criminal record, you must complete the ""Claim of Alleged Inaccuracy or Incompleteness"" (form BCIA 8706), which will be included with your Record Review response if there is criminal information on your record. Mail the completed form, along with a copy of your criminal history record, to the address indicated on the form. Your challenge must specifically state the basis for the claim of inaccuracy or incompleteness and include any available proof or corroboration to substantiate your claim."

Cost: $25 Processing Fee