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Criminal Records Unit

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Criminal Record Requests | Annulments | Uniform Crime Reporting
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33 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH  03305
PUBLIC COUNTER (for in-person requests)
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
ROOM 106A

WELCOME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE CRIMINAL RECORDS

The mission of the Criminal Records Unit is to obtain, store, and disseminate Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) on all criminal arrests and dispositions of individuals charged with a criminal offense in New Hampshire. In support of that mission the Criminal Records Unit maintains the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), which receives and processes criminal and applicant fingerprint information for the Central Repository and the FBI criminal record database. CHRI is stored in the Unit’s Central Repository and is the only source for an individual’s complete criminal history for all of New Hampshire.

CHRI is received at the Criminal Records Unit by way of fingerprint impressions taken of arrestees and/or criminal complaints and dispositions from the circuit and superior courts. All criminal fingerprint impressions are sent to the FBI for inclusion to their CHRI database.  New Hampshire CHRI has no expiration date and only is removed by way of a Petition to Annul granted by the court of jurisdiction, and all related fees are satisfied.

CHRI in the Central Repository is disseminated for either criminal justice or non-criminal justice purposes.  Criminal justice is typically for law enforcement and judicial functions, and both conviction and non-conviction data is provided.  For non-criminal justice purposes, such as employment, housing, licensing, etc., only conviction CHRI is provided.

All CHRI in New Hampshire is confidential, and is disseminated under the authority of Revised Statute Annotated (RSA) 106-B: 14, and Administrative Rule Saf-C 5700.  For non-criminal justice purposes, no CHRI is released without the permission and knowledge of the individual of whom the request is being made.  Anyone can request their own New Hampshire CHRI, or with permission of the record owner, can request the New Hampshire CHRI of another.  There are a few circumstances where either a New Hampshire, or both a New Hampshire and FBI CHRI are statutorily required.  Examples would be for employment, licensing, housing, and healthcare.

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New Hampshire Criminal History Record Information Requests

To obtain criminal history record information you may:

  1. Apply in person with a primary identification (a current, valid and unexpired picture I.D.- i.e. driver’s license or passport)
  2. Walk-in service is provided at the public counter at 33 Hazen Drive, Concord, Room 106A; OR
  3. Mail in an application notarized by either a Notary Public or Justice of the Peace; OR
  4. A release to a third party requires a similar notarization and a third party signature.
  5. There is a $25.00 search fee.
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New Hampshire Administrative Rule Saf-C 5703.07 (c) authorizes volunteers for a public or private not-for-profit entity to be entitled to a reduced fee for a CHRI.  The entity must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Be a not-for-profit organization
  2. The person must be a volunteer
  3. The services must be provided for elderly, disabled, or children
  4. The cost for the Reduced Fee is $10.00
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Unless required by specific statute (i.e. FBI record check participants), both the Criminal Record Release Authorization and Reduced Fee Request forms must be sent together to the State Police Criminal Records Unit for processing.

REDUCED FEE FORM POLICY AND PROCEDURE

Policy

Administrative Rule Saf-C 5703:07 Fee Exemption allows a reduced fee of $10.00 per CHRI request if the requesting entity is a non-profit organization, the individual for whom the request is made is a volunteer, and that individual will be working with the elderly, the disabled, or children. All qualifying criteria must be met in order to grant the requesting entity reduced fee status for each volunteer.

Procedure

A Criminal Record Release Authorization Form must be completed on the individual and a Reduced Fee Request Form.

      • Criminal Record Release Authorization Form

Section I must be completed if the individual of who record information is being requested appears in person at State Police Headquarters (Concord, NH) to obtain a criminal history record check.

Section II must be completed if the form is mailed, or permission is given to a third party to obtain criminal history record information. If Section II is completed, a notary seal or Justice of Peace signature is required.

      • Reduce Fee Request Form

Non-profit entities requesting a CHRI on a volunteer who will be exclusively working with the elderly, disabled, or children need to complete a Reduced Fee Request Form as well as a Criminal Record Release Authorization Form for each volunteer. The name of the volunteer must be noted, and which vulnerable category the volunteer will be working. The form must be signed by an individual authorized to attest the entity has met all required criteria for reduced fee status.

Cash, check, or money order (or if requesting in person, also MasterCard or Visa) in the amount of $10.00, payable to the State of NH - Criminal Records must accompany each reduced fee request.

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Applicant Fingerprints Taken by Livescan

New Hampshire Required FBI Criminal History Record for Non-Criminal Justice Purposes

New Hampshire has several state laws that require both a NH and FBI CHRI record check.  For a comprehensive list of those laws, please review Laws Regulating the Release of Criminal Records.  In accordance with these laws the FBI requires the applicant to submit their fingerprint impressions.  Fingerprint images are captured by one of two methods: 1. by applying ink to the fingers and the impressions placed on a fingerprint card; or, 2. by digital capture via a livescan device. Capturing fingerprint impressions by livescan is the preferred method as it is the most accurate way to capture fingerprint impressions.  The livescan will capture both fingerprint images and demographic information, and electronically transmit that data to the Criminal Records Unit for further processing. The result of the FBI database search by electronic submission is usually within five to seven business days.

Scheduling an appointment is encouraged and has its benefits over walk-ins.

If you call to schedule a livescan fingerprinting appointment, the operator will explain the fingerprinting process, the required paperwork you are to bring with you, and the fee you will be charged.  Appointments are also more convenient for the applicant, knowing the exact time they will be served and allowing the flexibility of planning the remainder of their day.  Please call (603) 223-3867 and ask to be scheduled for applicant (or licensee) fingerprinting. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.  Expect the process to take approximately 15 - 20 minutes. A 24-hour notice is requested for all cancellations.

Walk-ins will be served, however scheduled appointments take priority, and a walk-in may be delayed up to an hour or more until a time slot is available.

Livescan Site Locations

The Division of State Police maintains six applicant livescan sites. The locations and addresses are:

Department of Safety Building, 33 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03305 - First Floor, Room 106A (Note: Visa or MasterCard and cash accepted at this livescan location only).

Manchester DMV Substation, 377 South Willow Street, Manchester, NH (cash and credit cards not accepted at this time)

Dover Point DMV Substation 50 Boston Harbor Road (off Route 4), Dover, NH (cash and credit cards not accepted at this time)

State Police Barracks Troop C, 15 Ash Brook Court, Keene, NH (cash and credit cards not accepted at this time)

State Police Barracks Troop E, 1864 Route 16, Tamworth, NH (cash and credit cards not accepted at this time)

State Police Barracks Troop F, 549 Route 302, Twin Mountain, NH (cash and credit cards not accepted at this time)

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Required Documents:

  • Photo identification (driver’s license; non-driver’s license; passport)
  • Completed Criminal Record Release Authorization Form (Sections I and II)
  • Payment by Check or Money Order (Credit Cards  and cash only accepted at the 33 Hazen Drive, Concord location)

Whether the applicant fingerprints are captured by ink or livescan, it is imperative that the correct New Hampshire statutory cite (RSA) is noted that authorizes access to the FBI record database for that applicant.

Fee Schedule  

Combined fees for an FBI and New Hampshire state record check are:

  • $51.50
  • Volunteers (inked or electronic) - $35.00  

School Employee Background and Criminal Record Check:

  1. Applicant must complete the School Employee Criminal History Records Check – RSA 189:13-a form, have the form notarized, obtain a fingerprint card* and then return these to the employing School Advisory Unit, school district, or charter school.
  2. The fees are $51.50 for employees and $35.00 for volunteers.
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Application to Multiple Schools:

Substitute teachers, student teachers, student interns, and other educational staff are permitted to apply to work or volunteer in multiple schools, but only pay for the education criminal history record check process one time.  The results of the records check will be shared with any other schools identified at the time of initiating the records check process.  More...

* If applicant is fingerprinted at a livescan site, the livescan operator will submit the fingerprint impressions and NH authorization form to the Criminal Records Unit. 

New Hampshire Banking Department Criminal Record Check:

  • Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the Banking Department.
  • The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to the Banking Department.
  • The cost per applicant is $51.50 for the state fee and fingerprint card.  

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Criminal Record Check:

Required DHHS Criminal History Record Checks –

    • TANF Requests for Child Care RSA 170-E:7 II
    • Foster Parent RSA 170-E: 29-a
    • License Exempt Child Care RSA 170-E:4
    • Foster Parents RSA 170-E:29
    • Adoptive Parents RSA 170-b:18
    • Foster Parent Renewal RSA 170-E:29
    • Child Care RSA 170-E:7 II
  1. Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  2. The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to the Department of Health and Human Services.
  3. The fee is indicated on the appropriate form.

New Hampshire Board of Nursing Criminal Record Check:

  1. Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the Board of Nursing.
  2. The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to the Board of Nursing.
  3. The cost per applicant is $51.50 for the state fee and fingerprint card.

New Hampshire Board of Medicine Criminal Record Check:

  1. Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the Board of Medicine.
  2. The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to the Board of Medicine.
  3. The cost per applicant is $51.50 for the state fee and fingerprint card.

New Hampshire Municipal Employee Criminal Record Check:

  1. Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the Municipality.
  2. The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to the municipality.
  3. The cost per applicant is $51.50 for the state fee and fingerprint card. The fee for volunteers is $35.00.

New Hampshire Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission Criminal Record Check:

  1. Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission.
  2. The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission.
  3. The cost per applicant is $51.50 for the state fee and fingerprint card.

New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Criminal Record Check:

  1. Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council.
  2. The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council.
  3. The cost per applicant is $51.50 for the state fee and fingerprint card.

New Hampshire Real Estate Appraisers Board Criminal Record Check:

  1. Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the NH Board of Real Estate.
  2. The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to the NH Board of Real Estate.
  3. The cost per applicant is $51.50 for the state fee and fingerprint card.

 New Hampshire Department of Safety Employees Criminal Record Check:

  1. Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the agency of application.
  2. The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to agency of application.
  3. The cost per applicant is $26.50 for the applicant fingerprinting.

New Hampshire County Employee Criminal Record Check:

  1. Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the county of application.
  2. The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to the county of application.
  3. The cost per applicant is $51.50 for the state fee and fingerprint card.

New Hampshire Driver Education Instructor Criminal Record Check:

  1. Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the NH Division of Motor Vehicles.
  2. The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to the NH Division of Motor Vehicles.
  3. The cost per applicant is $51.50 for the state fee and fingerprint card.

New Hampshire Serve America Act Criminal Record Check:

  1. Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the agency of application.
  2. The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to the agency of application.
  3. The cost per applicant is $51.50 for the state fee and fingerprint card.

Hawkers, Peddlers, & Vendors Criminal Record Check:

  1. Applicant must obtain the proper form and fingerprint card from the municipality of application.
  2. The form and fingerprint card must be fully completed (form notarized) and returned to the municipality of application.
  3. The cost per applicant is $51.50 for the state fee and fingerprint card.
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Annulments

New Hampshire RSA 651:5 enables certain criminal arrests and convictions to be removed from the state and FBI criminal history record.  The process begins by filing a Petition to Annul with the court of jurisdiction.  There are required fees to the annulment process, specifically, a court filing fee of $100.00, a Department of Corrections Parole and Probation report fee of $100.00, and a state police administrative fee of $100.00 to remove the annulled CHRI from both the state and FBI criminal history.  

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Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)/National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS):

Statistical data is collected and compiled from 150+ state, county and local law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire for juvenile and adult offense and arrests.  

The New Hampshire UCR program is a state and national criminal justice data collection program administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The primary objective of UCR is to collect a reliable set of crime statistics to use in the administration, operation and management of law enforcement agencies.  To meet this objective NH collects crime data from 154 state, county, and local law enforcement agencies using the FBI NIBRS data collection guidelines.  Included in the NIBRS data collection are Group “A” offenses, reported as complete incidents including data on victims, offenders, arrestees, circumstances, property, etc.; and Group “B” offenses collect data on arrestees only. Please read additional information on offenses.  

NEW NIBRS WEBSITE
The State Police Uniform Crime Report Unit (UCR) has partnered with Beyond 20/20 to make the state’s crime statistics available to the public on a new website.  The reports on the website use a variety of measures, i.e. number of incidents, offenses, victims, offenders, etc) taken from the NIBRS Group A and Group B data submitted by our state, county and local law enforcement agencies.   By clicking on Help – Tutorials you will bring up instructions on creating your own reports.

The public website is now available.  Please keep in mind that reports on this website are currently based on a “snapshot” of our database and will not reflect the updates and changes to incident-based records we continue to receive from the contributing agencies.

Caution against Ranking
Every year various state agencies; the media, the public, and other groups, rush to use the reported crime statistics to compile city or county rankings.  These rankings do not reflect accurate comparisons as they do not take into account the following variables:

  • Population density and degree of urbanization in each jurisdiction and surrounding area
  • Variations in the composition of the population, particularly youth concentration
  • Population increase due to daily commuters, transients, tourists, shoppers, etc.
  • Modes of transportation and highway systems
  • Cultural conditions
  • Family conditions with respect to divorce and family cohesiveness
  • Climate
  • Effective strength of law enforcement agencies
  • Administrative and investigative emphases of law enforcement

Until data users examine all variables that affect crime in a town, city, or county no meaningful comparisons can be made.  For these reasons the FBI has a long standing policy against ranking cities, counties, states, and universities/colleges on the sole basis of NIBRS crime data.

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Fingerprint Identification

  • Tri-State system - New Hampshire AFIS system is a host system linked both to Maine and Vermont.
  • Criminal offense ten print cards are stored electronically in this database.
  • Live Scan Stations - Demographic and ten print data is electronically scanned and transmitted to the AFIS system from 40+ stations statewide.
  • Contact this section at (603) 223-3868.
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Sex Offender Registry

  • The NH Sex Offender Registry maintains a database of all registered sex offenders for the State of New Hampshire. The Registry is a repository of all registration forms submitted from the local police departments. Unit members update information in the database and also provide updated information and photos to Megan's Law.
  • The contact number for the Sex Offender Registry is (603) 223-3870.
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CUSTOMER SERVICE

The Criminal Records Unit strives to provide excellent customer service, and your input is very important and valuable to us.

Please take a few minutes to complete a customer survey reflecting the service you received.

Contact Us

New Hampshire Department of Safety
Division of State Police
Jeffrey Kellett, Chief Administrator
Central Repository for Criminal Records
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
Phone: (603) 223-3867

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