Criminal records in New Hampshire are maintained by the Criminal Records Unit of the Department of Safety's State of Police Division. The unit, which is a Services Support Bureau of the State of Police, maintains the important police database for criminal records or the Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) Repository.
If you're an applicant or a licensee requesting criminal records information, you can either personally apply at the unit's Public Counter at Room 106 of the Department of Safety Building located at 33 Hazen Drive Concord, anytime from Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.; mail in your application notarized by either a Notary Public or Justice of Peace; or send someone to request the criminal record on your behalf.
There is a $25 fee for every criminal record request and you're required to complete a Criminal Record Release Authorization Form which can be downloaded from the official website of the New Hampshire Department of Safety. To download the form, you have to be redirected from the main page to the Criminal Records Unit's page where you can follow the download link for the form. To do so, click on the Divisions/Bureaus menu in the left pane of the main page. This expands the list of divisions/bureaus reporting under the Department of Safety. Under the Division of State Police, click on Criminal Records Unit to open the unit's page. Scroll down the page to the Criminal Record Request Portion. Click on the link, 'download form' to directly download the aforesaid form in .pdf format.
Section I of the Criminal Record Release Authorization Form must be completed if the individual for whom the information is being requested appears in person at the State Police Headquarters. Section II of the form must be completed if the form will be mailed, or a third party will be obtaining the criminal record on behalf of the requesting individual. In such cases, a notary seal or signature from the Peace of Justice, as well as the third party's signature, are required.
A reduced fee of $10 is granted for any requesting entity which is a non-profit organization and the individual for whom the request is made is a volunteer who will be working with elderly, the disabled or children. The same request procedure is applied on such cases, except that the requesting party is required to accomplish a Reduced Fee Request Form, wherein the name of the volunteer and the vulnerable category he will be working must be noted. The form must be duly signed by an authorized signatory to attest that the entity has met all the criteria to receive the reduced fee.
Other forms are also required when requesting criminal records for any of the following background and criminal record checks: School Employee, Banking Department, Department of Health & Human Services, Board of Nursing, Board of Medicine, Municipal Employee, Racing & Charitable Gaming Commission, and Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors. Specific procedures and appropriate form/s for each type of criminal record request are fully indicated on the webpage.
If you are looking to locate and access New Hampshire background checks and criminal records, follow the instructions below:
Access and download the New Hampshire Background Check Request Form.
Fill out the request form and get it notarized if you plan to mail it in.
Mail the notarized form and a certified check or money order for $25, or visit the Department of Safety to apply in person. You can pay with a credit card if you apply in person.
Additional assistance and information can be obtained through the New Hampshire Department of Safety, whose contact details are listed below:
New Hampshire Department of Public Safety
Division of State Police, Central Repository for Criminal Records
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
If you need New Hampshire arrest records, then you can access them through the New Hampshire Department of Corrections. The Department has created an online Inmate Locator to make it easier for the public to access certain New Hampshire arrest records.
To look for the record you need online, simply:
Visit the New Hampshire Department of Corrections page to access the New Hampshire Inmate Locator.
Input the offender's last name and part or all of the first name, and click the Search button.
The information available online will then be displayed. If a name is found, then the inmate is currently incarcerated.
For more assistance accessing New Hampshire arrest records, you can contact the Department of Corrections using the information below:
New Hampshire Department of Corrections
105 Pleasant Street
PO Box 1806
Concord, NH 03302-1806
Locating and Accessing New Hampshire Criminal Records
New Hampshire criminal records are maintained by the Department of Safety and the State Police. The Department of Safety allows requests to be made in person or through the mail. For in-person requests, you must bring a government-issued photo ID and pay a $25 fee by certified check, money order or credit card. If you would like to access records by mail, fill out a request form, have it notarized, and mail it with a certified check or money order for $25.
Access Rights to New Hampshire Criminal Records
Anyone can request criminal records, but to request another person's criminal record, the person in question must sign the consent portion of the request form, and then it must be notarized. Individuals may request their personal criminal records, and law enforcement and authorized agencies may also request New Hampshire criminal records.
Changing a Criminal Record
If you detect a mistake in your criminal record, visit the Department of Safety, and they will direct you on the best way to proceed.