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How to obtain your Criminal Background Check in NH

Attention All Applicants and Licensees Requiring a Federal Bureau of Investigation Record Check

Livescan or inked fingerprints are acceptable. Livescan is digital capture of fingerprint impressions with a lower rate of rejection from the FBI. Please see below for pertinent information.

Department of Safety Building
33 Hazen Dr.
Concord NH  03305
First Floor, Room 124
Hours of Operation:  Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
By Appointment Only

Call the NH State Police in Concord at (603) 223-3867 and ask to be scheduled for applicant (or licensee) fingerprinting. Arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time. Arrival of more than 10 minutes late will require you to reschedule. Expect the process to take approximately 20 minutes. Please note: a 24 hours notice is required for all cancellations.

Required Documents & Cost:

  • Photo identification
  • Completed Criminal Record Release Authorization Form PDF file (sections I and II notarized)
  • Appropriate fee: Payment by check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express)

    Fees for appearing at State Police Headquarters in Concord as of October 1, 2016:

    $37.00 for Livescan processing
    $47.00 for Inked processing
    $26.50 for third time submission

Effective November 1, 2016:

You have a 30 day time period to submit your notarized authorization form with fee and track number to the Concord processing center for completion from the day of finger printing.

Digital prints are only kept on file for 30 days, after which they are deleted. Therefore, paperwork submitted after 30 days from the day of fingerprinting, will be considered expired and you will need to repeat the process.

For applicants using other NH or out-of-state Law Enforcement Agencies:

  • Approved Livescan Sites in NH
  • The authorization form can be printed from the following link:  PDF file
  • Finger printing cards may be obtained from the agency which you use. Complete the information section with signature, indicate ORI code: NHNSP0800 and 'Reason for' would be: NH BON licensure. The card should have your inked fingerprints or live scan images on it.
  • For Live scan – make sure to include your specific tracking number assigned at the time of fingerprinting.
  • Please note: some law enforcement sites charge additional fees for their service.
  • The cost for processing by the NH State Police is $47.00; payable to State of NH, Criminal Records.
  • Mail completed fingerprint card, notarized Criminal Background Record Release Authorization form and fee to:


    Criminal Records Unit
    Division of State Police
    NH Department of Safety
    33 Hazen Drive
    Concord NH 03305

To challenge a FBI criminal record finding, click the below link or copy & paste the link into your browser and follow the instructions on the FBI web site.

PDF file Adobe Acrobat Reader format. You can download a free reader from Adobe.

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