Minnesota Information


Criminal Records Requirements for the State of Minnesota                                                                                                                                                   

Name of Agency:   Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

 1430 Maryland Ave. East, St. Paul, Minnesota 55106       

Website:   https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/
Contact:   Julie Lackner
Position:   Assistant Director - MNJIS
Phone Number:   651-793-2400

Step 1: Contact the BCA

The BCA is committed to working with individuals to mitigate the impact of questioned identity. If you are involved in a questioned identity situation, contact the BCA by phone, mail, or in person as soon as possible.

BCA personnel will compile and review information that will help to verify your identity. If the situation did not originate with the BCA, you may be referred to the appropriate agency.

Step 2: Provide Documentation and Fingerprints

If you come in person to the BCA office, you will be asked to complete a “Questioned Identity Initial Report Form.” Bring along a picture ID and any documents that lead you to believe that you are the subject of questioned identity.

If you would like the BCA to assist you with an issue of questioned identity, you must also provide fingerprints. Analysis of fingerprints is the only means of verifying identity.

If you cannot go to the BCA office, you may take the report form, your picture ID, and any documentation to your local law enforcement agency, where you can provide fingerprints. Personnel from that agency must submit the form and fingerprints to the BCA. Although fingerprinting is free at the BCA office, some law enforcement agencies may charge a fee for this service.

Step 3: Receive Verification

A BCA representative will review your completed form, documents, and fingerprints. The process of determining whether an individual is the subject of a criminal record may take up to two hours; you can wait for the results of the review or have them mailed to you. If your information is mailed to the BCA, your results will be mailed to you.

If you are not the subject of a record, you will be issued a letter confirming that you are not the subject of that record. You can provide this letter to law enforcement agencies, or individuals such as potential employers or landlords, who may choose to make and retain copies. Individuals who are subjects of criminal records will receive letters reflecting that information.

Step 4: Keep Your Letter in a Safe Location

Retain the original letter stating that you are not the subject of a criminal history; individuals who wish to do so can make copies for their records. Keep the original letter in a safe location. If this letter is lost or stolen, notify the BCA immediately so it can be voided. Failure to report a missing letter can result in further questioned identity problems. You will be issued a new letter only after resubmitting fingerprints and other information.

Step 5: Direct Inquiries to the BCA

The information contained in your letter is current through the date it was issued. Individuals who require more information, including employers or landlords, should contact the BCA Intake Unit and provide the

name on the letter, date, and validation number. The BCA will verify its validity. Inquiries should be directed to 651/793-2400

Law Enforcement Agency:  
Turn Around Time:   Less than an hour, once FP and application is received.
Successful challenge:  
Cost:   No charge for application