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Frequently Asked Questions

May I request copies of records concerning any individual pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Government Code section 6250)?

Criminal History Records are not subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act. In California, state and local summary criminal history information is confidential and access is strictly regulated by statute. Penal Code section 11105 expressly authorizes the DOJ to disclose state summary criminal history information to law enforcement agencies for law enforcement purposes only, to certain employers or regulatory agencies, or to the person who is the subject of the record.

Individuals have the right to request a copy of their own criminal history record from the DOJ to review for accuracy and completeness. For more information, please Contact Us.

How long will an offense I committed stay on my record?

The DOJ is required by law to record summary arrest, detention, disposition, and personal identification information when submitted by a law enforcement agency or court of this state. The record retention policy of the Department is to maintain criminal history information until the subject reaches 100 years of age.

Can my request be expedited for an additional charge?

No. Unfortunately at this time, the Department of Justice does not offer an expedited process.

Source: Attorney General | DOJ | CA


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