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Overview


Introduction

The New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) provides a New York Statewide criminal history record search (CHRS) for a fee of $65.00. You can submit a CHRS request via our on-line Direct Access program or by mailing in a CHRS application form. The search criteria is strictly based on an exact match of Name and DOB (variations of Name or DOB are not reported.) Background checks for companies are also part of the CHRS program. The search results are public records relating to open/pending and convictions in criminal cases originating from County/Supreme, City, Town and Village courts of all 62 counties. Sealed records are not disclosed. Town & Village criminal disposition data is limited (see CHRS FAQs).

NOTE: Please be advised that, effective April 1, 2014 OCA will no longer report a criminal history for any individual whose only conviction was a single misdemeanor more than ten years prior to the date of the request.

Procedure and related information is as follows:

  1. Submit your request electronically by using our on-line Direct Access application. Requests submitted via the Direct Access application reporting ‘No Results Found’ are returned in Real Time. Check the Direct Access page for more information.
  2. Complete theAdobe Acrobat PDF DocumentCriminal History Record Search (CHRS) Application Form. Indicate name, address. phone number, and other related information of the person or company submitting the form.
  3. Include the individual’s full name and date of birth you want searched. Applications with unclear or omitted information will be rejected. Each alias and each date of birth is counted as an additional search.
  4. The results of this process are NOT certified and should not be confused with a "Certificate of Disposition" which can only be issued by the court of original jurisdiction.
  5. CHRS results are verified, reviewed, amended, if necessary, and emailed to our customers the following business day - 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. Please note that the entire search request is withheld for review if one or more names result in a record.
  6. Please read the CHRS FAQs for information relating to the accuracy and completeness of the CHRS Report.

 

PROGRAM FEE

The fee is $65.00 for Statewide search. Please make checks or money orders payable to the N.Y.S. Office of Court Administration. Cash will not be accepted. A $20.00 returned check charge will be imposed on items returned by the bank.

 

FILING INSTRUCTIONS

Applications may be mailed to, or filed in person weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at:

NYS Office of Court Administration
Office of Administrative Services
Criminal History Record Search
25 Beaver Street (Room 840 - Front Desk)
New York, NY 10004

Applications hand delivered are, in most cases, completed within the next business day.

Applications filed by mail must include a self-addressed postage paid envelope to receive the criminal history search results. Upon receipt these requests are also processed within the next business day.

 

PICK-UP INSTRUCTIONS

Hand delivered applications for subsequent pick up must include a self-addressed envelope indicating "Hold For Pick-Up." Blank application forms can be picked up at the same address listed above between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 

CHRS RESULTS

The results of the search can be picked up, mailed (include a self-addressed stamped envelope) or emailed (include an email address on the application form.)

 

CHRS INQUIRIES

Inquiries regarding criminal disposition data should be directed to OCA's Criminal History Record Search Unit at (212) 428-2943 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.