Written by attorney Richard C. Southard

Getting a copy of your New York criminal history without an attorney's help.

I have seen many questions asking what will show on a person's criminal history. Usually the fear is that the record wasn't sealed properly, there's a mistake or that an employer will see more information than the asker would like. Despite what we attorneys think should show on your record, the only sure way to know what's on your record is by getting a copy of the record yourself. Fortunately, you do not need an attorney to request your own Record Review. The following information is from the official New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services website:


You need to schedule an appointment with L-1 Identity Solutions as they are contracted with New York State to provide this service. They have approximately 100 fingerprinting sites throughout the State and even have some that offer evening and weekend hours. They may be contacted at 1-877-472-6915 or via their website You will be required to provide two acceptable forms of identification when you appear for your appointment.


You need to contact the DCJS Record Review Unit at 518-485-7675 or 518-457-9847 to request a cardscan packet which you need to complete and send to the L-1 Identity Solutions address on the application.

How much does it cost?

The current processing fee is $61.50 ($50.00 DCJS processing fee and $11.50 L-1 fingerprinting fee)

How long does it take?

Seven to ten business days from the time DCJS receives your fingerprints from L-1

What if there is a mistake on my criminal history?

When you receive your record from DCJS, you will also receive information on how to challenge any aspect of your criminal record.

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