The search for criminal records can be started by accessing the information on the Public Safety section on the official website of the state of North Dakota. The page will display the major aspects of concern in terms of protection of the citizens. Some of these are links on Amber alert, child safety, occupational safety, vehicle safety, and state building code. There are also links on this page that you can click if you want to access criminal records such as the Wanted Offenders, Sex Offenders Registration, and the Criminal Justice Information Sharing.
On the Sex Offenders Registration website, you have the option to choose how you would like to search for criminal records. You can search lifetime and high risk offenders, delinquent offenders, and offenders near you. You can also access the printable list of all offenders. These lists are updated unless the sex offenders do not notify the law enforcement authorities if there are changes in their address.
On the Criminal Justice Information Sharing (CJIS) website, criminal justice individuals can access the registry through the CJIS Portal upon passing the standard fingerprint-based background check. You should also fill out and mail the security agreement forms (available in the webpage in PDF form), along with the two sets of fingerprint cards to this address: CJIS Portal, Criminal Justice Information Sharing, State of ND, 600 E Boulevard Ave., Dept. 112, Bismarck, ND 58505-010. The processing of the application of request usually takes two weeks. Also make sure to add a work e-mail address in the forms you submitted because the application results will be sent via email.
On the Wanted Offenders website, you have access to offender searches for inmates, North Dakota sex offenders, and AMBER alert (registry of the most serious cases of child abduction). There are also links to America's Most Wanted and FBI's Most Wanted.
On the website of the North Dakota Attorney General, you can also access Criminal History Records Checks by following the instructions in this link. Basically, the only lawful way to obtain criminal history record information is to send a request to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The request can be for "criminal justice" (requested by law enforcers or attorneys-at-law) or "noncriminal justice" (requested by private detectives and civilians) purposes.
The background check can be done by entering the individual's full name or by submitting a fingerprint through live scan. The downside of a search based on the name is that the system cannot determine if the person was arrested using another name aside from the one listed on the request form. On the other hand, a search using the fingerprint will identify the offender even if the individual used an unknown alias.
For access to North Dakota background checks and criminal records, abide by the steps outlined below:
Download and save the North Dakota Request for Criminal History Form.
Fill out the request form and include two identifying items from the list provided. This is usually a social security number and date of birth, although you may remit fingerprints as well.
Include a certified check or money order for $15 and mail the pack to BCI.
Contact the North Dakota BCI should you require additional information:
North Dakota Criminal History Records Checks
Criminal Records Section
North Dakota BCI
4205 State Street
PO Box 1054
Bismarck, ND 58502
You can look up North Dakota arrest records through the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The Department has created an online search to make it easier to access these records.
To research North Dakota arrest records, you should follow these instructions:
Go to the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's website and log in to the North Dakota Inmate Lookup.
Type in a full or partial last name into the field and hit Submit.
Results will then be displayed. Click on any field to see the report and register for status updates.
If you need more information on North Dakota arrest records, you can contact the Department below:
North Dakota Department of Corrections
3100 Railroad Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501
How to Retrieve and Review North Dakota Criminal Records
The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) holds the state's central repository for criminal records. Although BCI accepts fingerprints as an identifier with the request form, they aren't required, and name-based searches are also routinely performed. The fee is $15 as a certified check or money order.
Who Has Rights to Viewing North Dakota Criminal Records?
The North Dakota BCI allows the public to access limited criminal records, meaning only convictions, jail time served and charges dismissed will be included because these are matters of public record. Law enforcement and approved agencies may access complete North Dakota criminal records.
Correcting Errors in a Criminal Record
If you find a mistake, contact the clerk of court in the county where the arrest or charges were filed, and they will direct you on how to proceed.