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Glossary of Terms
A. CHRI is the summary of arrests and prosecutions for criminal charges. Each state has a single central repository that is responsible for maintaining that state's CHRI. These central repositories also provide copies of portions of their records to the FBI for inclusion in the national criminal history record database.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) operates the Kansas Central Repository for CHRI. Kansas CHRI consists of summary information about:
These records are filed by individual so that all offenses committed by an individual are organized chronologically within that individual's file. The CHRI is associated with the subject of the record based upon fingerprint identification. When CHRI is released, it is printed in an abstract of record commonly referred to as a "rap sheet."
A. Not all. A substantial portion of the criminal history record
database is fully automated and available for immediate release on this
web site. When the record you seek if fully automated, the rap sheet will
be displayed immediately so that you may read the contents and print it
for your records.
A. The following categories of persons and agencies have statutory access to Kansas CHRI:
A. Any person or organization may obtain adult conviction CHRI upon request. That means that the CHRI released will be limited to data obtained from incidents in which the subject was found guilty in court, is currently undergoing diversion or is pending court disposition. Types of CHRI that will NOT be released under these "general" requests are successfully completed diversions, expungements and all juvenile offender data.
A. The best identification is, of course, based on fingerprint comparison. If you can obtain the subject's fingerprints on a ten-print fingerprint card, that is the preferred method. The fingerprint card should be the standard FBI Applicant Fingerprint Card (form FD 258) or the standard FBI Personal Identification Fingerprint Card (form FD 353). Do NOT use the FBI Arrest Fingerprint Card (form FD 249).
If it isn't practical to obtain the subject's fingerprints, you can search the Central Repository database by the subject's name, date of birth, race, sex, social security number, height, weight, place of birth, occupation and residence. The name and date of birth are always required; the other data is optional but we recommend that you obtain that information for proper identification.
A. Be sure you know the subject's correct name and date of birth. Also obtain any other names by which the subject has been known, such as maiden names and names from previous marriages. And, if you can identify the subject's social security number, that will be of great assistance in locating the correct record or validating that the subject doesn't have a record.
When you enter the name, be sure to spell it correctly. The Kansas Central Repository database only uses letters, spaces and hyphens in constructing names, so don't use any other special characters (slashes, apostrophes, foreign language characters…) or numbers. If you do, you will not locate a matching record.
For example, if you are searching for a John O'Brien, enter the last name without the apostrophe; either OBrien (no space) or O Brien (with a space). The search program will accept either version, as long as the apostrophe is omitted. If you enter O'Brien (with the apostrophe) or OBrian (misspelled) or O Brian (misspelled), the search will not work properly and you will not get proper results.
Another example. You are searching for Jose Muñez. Enter the last name without the tilde ("~") over the "n" so that the name you enter for search is Munez (or MUNEZ or munez)
A third example. You are searching for Alan Smythe-Jones. The last name is hyphenated, but the search doesn't require the hyphen in order to find the matching record. So you may enter the last name as either Smythe-Jones, Smythe Jones or SmytheJones. Any of those variations will obtain the same search results.
A. It doesn't matter; the search is not "case specific." The search will return the same results whether you enter BROWN, brown or Brown.
A. The best strategy is to enter Rob. That will match either Robert or Robbie. Using the same logic, if you are searching for a subject whose first name is Alan, but you aren't certain of how the name is spelled (Allan, Allen, Al), the best entry to use is Al, because that combination of letters is common to all the possible spellings.
A. For both name check and fingerprint-based submissions, the KBI will process the check usually within two to four weeks after receipt. If there is a criminal record and it is missing arrest or disposition information, the KBI will attempt to obtain the missing data to complete the record. Processing times fluctuate based on the current volume of requests and the complexity and completeness of the record.
A. The results of the record check, whether or not any criminal history is found, should be released only to persons with a "need-to-know" for actions directly associated with the purpose for the record check. The rap sheet and other documents from the KBI should be retained only as historical reference in support of the decision for which you requested the CHRI.
A. No. State statute or regulation doesn't require that the subject consent to the check or even be made aware of the check.
A. Yes, a record check has a very limited useful life. If you use the results of the record check, then find that a subsequent decision is to be made at a later time, a new record check should be made to obtain current criminal history information. Criminal histories change over time; not only are new arrests recorded, but often there are court orders and appeals that remove an existing criminal event from a person's file.
A. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) maintains the national criminal history database for support of criminal justice agencies within the United States. Non-criminal justice access is not available to the general public.
A. Yes. You may obtain a copy of your CHRI to review for accuracy and completeness. You should NOT request your CHRI in order to provide it to an employer or a prospective employer. That is because you will be given ALL of the CHRI in your record, including types of information (diversions, expungements or juvenile arrests) that the employer is not entitled to receive. Also, there is a state law that prohibits your employer from requiring you to obtain your own CHRI. The employer should request your record directly from the Central Repository.
A. The FBI has procedures to release CHRI to the subject of the record for review and challenge. To obtain your own record, contact the FBI by writing to: Criminal Justice Information Services Division, Attn: SCU, Module D-2, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, West Virginia 26306. OR by going to the FBI website: (FBI Link)
A. If you have documents that contradict the information recorded in your CHRI, contact the KBI for instructions on submitting those documents. The Records Section staff will help correct or complete your record. Or you may click here for detailed instructions.
A. The FBI has specific procedures to complete and correct CHRI in their database. In general, the FBI requires the criminal justice agency responsible for the data (for example, the police department that booked the arrest or the district court in which the case was tried) to provide proper documentation through the KBI to the FBI. Specific requirements and steps for correcting or completing the federal record are included with the CHRI record that the FBI sends to the subject of the record.
A. The oldest records date back to 1939.
A. Because your credit card information (or your INK Subscriber Account number) is used to identify you. Without that, the system doesn't know which transaction history to display. Your account will NOT be charged for reviewing your history.
A. Not necessarily.
Every name by which the subject has been known to law enforcement is included in the name search program. If you locate a criminal history record for any one of the names, the rap sheet will list all the other names by which the subject has been. So as soon as you find a record, your search is over.
But since the subject may not have arrested under all of his/her aliases, you may search an alias name that you are aware of but that is not part of the subject's criminal history record. When that happens, you will get a "no record" response.
A. The record that is displayed on this web site is the "official" state criminal history record from the Kansas Central Repository. Simply print the displayed record and that should be sufficiently "official.”
However, if you need a signed document attesting to the search results, you may consider requesting a certified copy of the record check. Click here to go to the page providing explanation and instructions for that service.
A. Your employer should not be requiring you to obtain your own
Kansas criminal history record. That is prohibited by Kansas law. Go to
K.S.A. 22-4710 for the exact wording of the law.
A. Juvenile records are strictly protected in Kansas. The only means to obtain your own juvenile history is to positively identify yourself by fingerprint submission to the Central Repository at the KBI. Click here to go to the page of explanation and instruction for obtaining your complete record, which will include both adult and juvenile arrests, dispositions and incarcerations.
A. If you run a name check on this web site, you will only receive that portion of the record that is releasable to the general public. If you want to obtain your complete criminal history record you must submit a fingerprint card to positively identify yourself to the Central Repository. This rule protects you from someone who might otherwise pose as you and improperly obtain your juvenile record or expunged information. Click here for further information and instructions on receiving your own record.
A. The criminal history records maintained by the Central Repository at the KBI contain arrest information, summary of prosecutor actions, court dispositions and incarcerations. These records are based on fingerprint identification, which provides positive identification of the subject of the record. The Central Repository records encompass all jurisdictions in Kansas.
The court records include information only about the court activity at the district court level. There is no consolidated court database containing all court data for all Kansas districts. Also, the arrest and prosecutorial actions are not reflected in district court databases.
A. There are several possible reasons:
A. There is no legal requirement in Kansas that the subject of the record check sign a release to authorize the record check. However, advising the person that you are going to run a record check and obtaining their consent is generally a good idea.
A. 'No record found' means the person has no criminal history records in our files or the person does not have a releasable record. We do NOT release juvenile offender data, successfully completed diversions, dismissals, acquittals or expunged records.
A. You should sign back on to the web site using your credit card or INK Subscriber Account number. Once you are signed on go to Transaction History to view your results. You will not be charged to view your transaction history.
A. Yes, you can give the subject of the record a copy of the record check. If you or your agency disseminates the record or its contents then you will need to maintain an audit log.
A. Click here for the Registered Offender website. http://www.kansas.gov/kbi/ro.shtml
A. No, a record check will provide you with convictions for all felonies, class A and B misdemeanors and class C assault that occurred in Kansas. The Kansas Registered Offender website will only provide you with information on individuals that require registration in the State of Kansas.
A. No, we do not. Due to rising costs we could no longer provide this discount.
A. INK Subscribers are customers that have applied for an account to one or more services with INK (Kansas.gov). To learn more about the services and application process please go to: http://www.kansas.gov/subscribers/howToSubscribe.html .
A. Yes, if you become an INK Subscriber you can be billed at the end of the month. You can apply to be an INK Subscriber at http://www.kansas.gov/subscribers/howToSubscribe.html .