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How does a person obtain a copy of his or her criminal record in New York?

A person can obtain a copy of his or her criminal record by requesting a Record Review Packet from the NY Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), and following the directions for the completion and submission of a fingerprint card to DCJS along with a fee of $50. There is no fee for the application packet itself; however a fee of $50 must be included when you complete the materials and return them to DCJS to obtain a copy of your record.

The request for a Record Review Packet may be made either by email, standard mail or phone using the contacts shown below:

By email: 

Send to:  [email protected]

You must provide your complete name and mailing address in order to receive a packet.

A sample format of the Email request would be:

To: [email protected]
Subject: Record Review Packet Request
Message: Please send a copy of the Record Review Packet to me at the address provided. My mailing address is:

JOHN Q PUBLIC
APT 4
12345 MAIN STREET
MYTOWN NY 12345

By mail: 

Standard Mail:
RECORD REVIEW UNIT
NEW YORK STATE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES
4 TOWER PLACE
ALBANY NY 12203-3764

By phone:

518-485-7675

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