Support Services Bureau
Criminal Records Unit
33 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03305
PUBLIC COUNTER (for in-person requests)
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Welcome to New Hampshire State Police Criminal Records
The mission of the Criminal Records Unit is to obtain, store, and disseminate Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) on all criminal arrests and dispositions of individuals charged with a criminal offense in New Hampshire. In support of that mission the Criminal Records Unit maintains the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), which receives and processes criminal and applicant fingerprint information for the Central Repository and the FBI criminal record database. CHRI is stored in the Unit’s Central Repository and is the only source for an individual’s complete criminal history for all of New Hampshire.
CHRI is received at the Criminal Records Unit by way of fingerprint impressions taken of arrestees and/or criminal complaints and dispositions from the circuit and superior courts. All criminal fingerprint impressions are sent to the FBI for inclusion to their CHRI database. New Hampshire CHRI has no expiration date and only is removed by way of a Petition to Annul granted by the court of jurisdiction, and all related fees are satisfied.
CHRI in the Central Repository is disseminated for either criminal justice or non-criminal justice purposes. Criminal justice is typically for law enforcement and judicial functions, and both conviction and non-conviction data is provided. For non-criminal justice purposes, such as employment, housing, licensing, etc., only conviction CHRI is provided.
All CHRI in New Hampshire is confidential, and is disseminated under the authority of Revised Statute Annotated (RSA) 106-B: 14, and Administrative Rule Saf-C 5700. For non-criminal justice purposes, no CHRI is released without the permission and knowledge of the individual of whom the request is being made. Anyone can request their own New Hampshire CHRI, or with permission of the record owner, can request the New Hampshire CHRI of another. There are a few circumstances where either a New Hampshire, or both a New Hampshire and FBI CHRI are statutorily required. Examples would be for employment, professional licensing, housing, and healthcare.
RSA 106-B:14, I-a (d) Criminal conviction records received from the division shall be the official source of certified criminal conviction history records for employment and licensing purposes.
New Hampshire Criminal History Record Information Requests
To obtain criminal history record information you may:
- Apply in person with a primary identification (a current, valid and unexpired picture I.D.- i.e. driver’s license or passport)
- Walk-in service is provided at the public counter at 33 Hazen Drive, Concord, Room 106A; OR
- Mail in an application notarized by either a Notary Public or Justice of the Peace; OR
- A release to a third party requires a similar notarization and a third party signature.
- There is a .00 search fee.
New Hampshire Administrative Rule Saf-C 5703.07 (c) authorizes volunteers for a public or private not-for-profit entity to be entitled to a reduced fee for a CHRI. The entity must meet ALL of the following criteria:
- Be a not-for-profit organization
- The person must be a volunteer
- The services must be provided for elderly, disabled, or children
- The cost for the Reduced Fee is .00
Unless required by specific statute (i.e. FBI record check participants), both the Criminal Record Release Authorization and Reduced Fee Request forms must be sent together to the State Police Criminal Records Unit for processing.
REDUCED FEE FORM POLICY AND PROCEDURE
Administrative Rule Saf-C 5703:07 Fee Exemption allows a reduced fee of .00 per CHRI request if the requesting entity is a non-profit organization, the individual for whom the request is made is a volunteer, and that individual will be working with the elderly, the disabled, or children. All qualifying criteria must be met in order to grant the requesting entity reduced fee status for each volunteer.
A Criminal Record Release Authorization Form must be completed on the individual and a Reduced Fee Request Form.
- Criminal Record Release Authorization Form
Section I must be completed if the individual of who record information is being requested appears in person at State Police Headquarters (Concord, NH), Troop E (Tamworth, NH), or Troop F (Twin Mountain, NH) to obtain a criminal history record check.
Section II must be completed if the form is mailed, or permission is given to a third party to obtain criminal history record information. If Section II is completed, a notary seal or Justice of Peace signature is required.
- Reduce Fee Request Form
Non-profit entities requesting a CHRI on a volunteer who will be exclusively working with the elderly, disabled, or children need to complete a Reduced Fee Request Form as well as a Criminal Record Release Authorization Form for each volunteer. The name of the volunteer must be noted, and which vulnerable category the volunteer will be working. The form must be signed by an individual authorized to attest the entity has met all required criteria for reduced fee status.
Cash, check, money order, MasterCard, Visa or Discover, in the exact amount of either .00 or .00, payable to the State of NH - Criminal Records must accompany each NH request.
New Hampshire Required FBI Criminal History Record for Non-Criminal Justice Purposes
New Hampshire has several state laws that require both a NH and FBI CHRI record check. For a comprehensive list of those laws, please review . In accordance with these laws the FBI requires the applicant to submit their fingerprint impressions. Fingerprint images are captured by one of two methods: 1. by applying ink to the fingers and the impressions placed on a fingerprint card; or, 2. by digital capture via a livescan device. Capturing fingerprint impressions by livescan is the preferred method as it is the most accurate way to capture fingerprint impressions. The livescan will capture both fingerprint images and demographic information, and electronically transmit that data to the Criminal Records Unit for further processing.
All applicants requiring a NH/FBI CHRI will initiate the criminal background check process through their government agency (employer, school district, licensing board, etc.)
- At their state agency, applicants will complete a NH CHRI request form, render the fee of .00 (.75 if volunteer), payable to NH State Police – Criminal Records, and receive either a fingerprint card or instructions on being fingerprinted by a livescan.
- The applicant will make arrangements to be fingerprinted, and return either the inked fingerprint card, or the livescan form received from the livescan operator, to their state agency.
NOTE: Applicants required to submit fingerprints for a search of the FBI database NO LONGER need to have the state form notarized.
- The state agency will submit, as one package, the NH CHRI form, the fee payment, and either the inked fingerprint card or livescan form to the State Police Criminal Records Unit.
- The Criminal Records Unit will process both the NH and FBI CHRI and return the results to the applicant’s state agency.
Scheduling an appointment is encouraged, as this is the best and most efficienct way to process an applicant requiring fingerprints. To schedule an appointment for fingerprinting, please call: (603) 223-3867.
Scheduling an appointment has its benefits over walk-ins. If you call to schedule a livescan fingerprinting appointment, the operator will explain the fingerprinting process, the required paperwork you are to bring with you, and the fee you will be charged. Appointments are also more convenient for the applicant, knowing the exact time they will be served and allowing the flexibility of planning the remainder of their day. Please call (603) 223-3867 and ask to be scheduled for applicant (or licensee) fingerprinting. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time and expect the process to take approximately 15 minutes. A 24-hour notice is requested for all cancellations.
The established protocol is for the applicant to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted. The walk-in option is for the rare occasion when the hiring or licensing agency needs that applicant fingerprinted with good reason beyond the normal employing/licensing process. Scheduled appointments take priority, and a walk-in may be delayed up to an hour or more until a time slot is available. The walk-in option is NOT for applicants that do not wish to wait to be scheduled for an appointment; or waited too long during their agency’s process to schedule a fingerprinting appointment in a timely manner.
Livescan Site Locations
The Division of State Police maintains six applicant livescan sites. The locations and addresses are:
Department of Safety Building, 33 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03305 - First Floor, Room 106A - Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Manchester DMV Substation, 377 South Willow Street, Manchester, NH- Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Dover Point DMV Substation 50 Boston Harbor Road (off Route 4), Dover, NH- Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
State Police Barracks Troop C, 15 Ash Brook Court, Keene, NH- Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
State Police Barracks Troop E, 1864 Route 16, Tamworth, NH- Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
State Police Barracks Troop F, 549 Route 302, Twin Mountain, NH- Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Salem DMV Substation, 154 Main Street, Salem, NH- Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Photo identification (driver’s license; non-driver’s license; passport)
Whether the applicant fingerprints are captured by ink or livescan, it is imperative that the correct New Hampshire statutory cite (RSA) is noted that authorizes access to the FBI record database for that applicant.
School Employee Background and Criminal Record Check:
At their employing School Advisory Unit, school district, or charter school, the applicant must complete the School Employee Criminal History Records Check – RSA 189:13-a form, have the form notarized, obtain a fingerprint card, or instructions to be fingerprinted by a livescan, and pay the fee of either employing School Advisory Unit, school district, or charter school. .00 for employees and .75 for volunteers.
The below state agencies also require both a NH and FBI CHRI check. Specific forms and instructions may be obtained by choosing the appropriate website. At the appropriate state agency, the applicant must complete the NH Criminal History Records Authorization form, have it notarized, obtain a fingerprint card, or instructions to be fingerprinted by a livescan, and pay the fee of either .00 for employees, or .75 for volunteers.
Loans, Debts, Sales
Banking Department Employees
Department of Health and Human Services
License Exempt Child Care
TANF Child Care
Child Day Care & Institutions
New Foster Parents
Therapeutic Cannabis Program
NH Medicaid Program
Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
Board of Nursing
Board of Medicine
Alcohol and Drug Use Professionals
Real Estate Appraisers
Nursing Home Administrators
Allied Health Professionals
Respiratory Care Specialists
IRS Publication 1075
Lottery Commission and Charitable Gaming Commission
Licensing of Game Operators
Games of Chance Facility License
New Hampshire Department of Revenue
Department of Safety
Driver’s Education Instructors – Department of Motor Vehicles
Employees – Division/Bureau specific
Emergency Medical Service Provider Licensing – Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
Municipal Employees/Volunteers – Forms and Instructions Provided by the Specific Municipality
Hawker & Peddlers License – Forms and Instructions Provided by the Specific Municipality
County Employees – Forms and Instructions Provided by Specific County
Serve America Act Volunteers – Forms and Instructions Provided by Specific Employer
Consumer reporting Agencies - Forms and Instructions Provided by Specific Employer
New Hampshire RSA 651:5 enables certain criminal arrests and convictions to be removed from the state and FBI criminal history record. The process begins by filing a Petition to Annul with the court of jurisdiction. There are required fees to the annulment process, specifically, a court filing fee of 0.00, a Department of Corrections Parole and Probation report fee of 0.00, and a state police administrative fee of 0.00 to remove the annulled CHRI from both the state and FBI criminal history.
Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)/National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS):
Statistical data is collected and compiled from 150+ state, county and local law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire for juvenile and adult offense and arrests.
- Final data is sent to the and added to a national UCR report.
- The contact number for statistical requests is (603) 223-3869.
The New Hampshire UCR program is a state and national criminal justice data collection program administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The primary objective of UCR is to collect a reliable set of crime statistics to use in the administration, operation and management of law enforcement agencies. To meet this objective NH collects crime data from 154 state, county, and local law enforcement agencies using the FBI NIBRS data collection guidelines. Included in the NIBRS data collection are Group “A” offenses, reported as complete incidents including data on victims, offenders, arrestees, circumstances, property, etc.; and Group “B” offenses collect data on arrestees only. Please read .
NEW NIBRS WEBSITE
The State Police Uniform Crime Report Unit (UCR) has partnered with Beyond 20/20 to make the state’s crime statistics available to the public on a new website. The reports on the website use a variety of measures, i.e. number of incidents, offenses, victims, offenders, etc) taken from the NIBRS Group A and Group B data submitted by our state, county and local law enforcement agencies. By clicking on Help – Tutorials you will bring up instructions on creating your own reports.
The is now available. Please keep in mind that reports on this website are currently based on a “snapshot” of our database and will not reflect the updates and changes to incident-based records we continue to receive from the contributing agencies.
Caution against Ranking
Every year various state agencies; the media, the public, and other groups, rush to use the reported crime statistics to compile city or county rankings. These rankings do not reflect accurate comparisons as they do not take into account the following variables:
- Population density and degree of urbanization in each jurisdiction and surrounding area
- Variations in the composition of the population, particularly youth concentration
- Population increase due to daily commuters, transients, tourists, shoppers, etc.
- Modes of transportation and highway systems
- Cultural conditions
- Family conditions with respect to divorce and family cohesiveness
- Effective strength of law enforcement agencies
- Administrative and investigative emphases of law enforcement
Until data users examine all variables that affect crime in a town, city, or county no meaningful comparisons can be made. For these reasons the FBI has a long standing policy against ranking cities, counties, states, and universities/colleges on the sole basis of NIBRS crime data.
- Tri-State system - New Hampshire AFIS system is a host system linked both to Maine and Vermont.
- Criminal offense ten print cards are stored electronically in this database.
- Live Scan Stations - Demographic and ten print data is electronically scanned and transmitted to the AFIS system from 40+ stations statewide.
- Contact this section at (603) 223-3868.
The Criminal Records Unit strives to provide excellent customer service, and your input is very important and valuable to us.
Please take a few minutes to complete a reflecting the service you received.
New Hampshire Department of Safety
Division of State Police
Jeffrey Kellett, Chief Administrator
Central Repository for Criminal Records
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
Phone: (603) 223-3867
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