Georgia Information


Criminal Records Requirements for the State of Georgia                                                                                                                                                  

Name of Agency:    Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Open Records Unit
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
3121 Panthersville Road
Decatur, Georgia 30034

Contact:    Heather Strickland
Position:   Assistant Special Agent in Charge
Phone Number:   404-270-8533

Georgia criminal history records can usually be obtained from Sheriff's Office or Police Departments. Please contact a Georgia law enforcement agency about specific requirements for obtaining a copy of your Georgiacriminal history record or go to the Georgia Felon Search website (

The criminal history record includes the person's identification data (name, date of birth, social security number, sex, race, height, weight, etc.), arrest data (including arresting agency, date of arrest, and charges), final judicial disposition data submitted by a court, prosecutor or other criminal justice agency and custodial information if the offender was incarcerated in a Georgia correctional facility.

The Georgia Crime Information Center does not conduct name-based criminal history record checks. Please contact your local law enforcement agency for assistance with name-based checks.          

If your criminal history record has inaccurate or missing information, GCIC cannot correct or update your criminal history record without appropriate documentation and/or authorization of the submitting agency. As of December 1, 2008, law enforcement agencies must use the web-based Computerized Criminal History (CCH) User Interface to update or modify arrest and identification data submitted by their agency. All other criminal justice agencies, such as courts, prosecutors, probation/parole offices, are encouraged to transmit online updates or modifications, thereby reducing the time to complete the record update.  Written requests submitted to GCIC must be on official letterhead, with the following information: full name of subject, date of birth, social security number, race, sex, and date of arrest; or State Identification Number (SID) and date of arrest or Offender Tracking Number (OTN) for that date of arrest; and the requested changes. If the above information is not included in the document, the request cannot be processed.

How do I contest the information contained in my Georgia  criminal history record if it is inaccurate or if my identity has been used in another individual's criminal history record?
To contest the accuracy of information in your criminal history record, or if your identification data was used in another individual's criminal history record, fingerprints must be submitted to GCIC for comparison.   See the GCIC Contact Information at the bottom of the webpage to schedule an appointment. A fee, payable by certified check or money order to the Georgia  Crime  Information  Center , is required. Click here for the inspection and fingerpinting fees.

If you are unable to come in person, the following information is required:

A signed written request with a brief explanation for the request to include the specific data that is being challenged and a complete return mailing address.

Each request must contain two completed applicant fingerprint cards with all of the applicant's personal information (name, date of birth, place of birth, etc.) and a current set of 10 rolled fingerprints and eight flat finger impressions. Fingerprints and impressions must be taken by a local law enforcement agency; please include a photocopy of the applicant’s identification that was presented to the law enforcement agency that did the printing and provide their address and telephone number so that GCIC may contact them if there are any questions.

A fee, payable by certified check or money order to the Georgia  Crime  Information  Center, is required. Click here for the inspection fee.

Information should be mailed to the address listed in the contact information. Your request will be processed and a certificate (letter) with the results will be mailed back to you.

Law Enforcement Agency:  
Turn Around Time:  
Successful challenge:  
Cost:   Fees will vary.   Click here for the inspection fee.