New Jersey State Police have been charged with the maintenance of criminal history data in the state. The agency frequently receives requests for warrant searches and information on arrest records from government entities, private businesses and citizens. Crime related data can be procured by an applicant in his own name or in the name of a subject. While a personal crime history inquiry will bring back complete records, a third party search will only get you open records.
The dissemination of crime history data is done pursuant to the administrative Code of NJ, section 13:59-1 which authorizes the Identification and Information technology Section of the NJSP and the State Bureau of Identification (SBI) to provide criminal information for non judicial and non justice purposes.
Who can find information on crime history in New Jersey?
Applicants who enjoy the legislative right to access information on criminal matters include:
- Government agencies including federal and state entities, state licensing bodies and others
- A non-government establishment or person that seeks to engage the subject as an employee
- Attorneys at law
- Private detectives who are licensed by the State Police
- An individual seeking personal crime history information
What details are included in criminal history reports?
When closed crime history details are offered to applicants; the results of the inquiry will include information on the issue of NJ active warrants, arrest records, case disposition, sentencing and incarceration. The data will pertain to matters in which the defendant was pronounced guilty as well as matters which are ongoing and those where the accused was let off.
When should you conduct a personal background check?
People seeking crime history reports in their own name are offered access to complete criminal records. The Crime Information Unit of the NJSP offers assistance to any person interested in a copy of his/her own crime history data. Before you approach the law enforcement agency for an inquiry of this nature, it should be understood here that an arrest warrant out in your name would mean that you will be taken into custody while attempting to get this information.
However, if you have never been involved in nefarious and illicit activity, you should connect with the police for a crime background check for the purpose of:
- When seeking good conduct certificates
- International business
- Foreign studies
How to get information on NJ outstanding warrants and arrest records?
To get your hands on crime history data in New Jersey, you will need finger print cards. So, if you are interested in a personal background report, you will have to get in touch with one of the live scan sites approved by the NJSP to get the appropriate finger print cards. A private company, Morpho Trak Inc offers this service under contract with New Jersey State. To schedule an appointment with them, go to www.bioapplicant.com/nj or call on 1-877-503-5981.
Next use the website of the NJSP at http://www.njsp.org/ucr/crime-reports.shtmlto download the appropriate warrant search request form. A $41 fee will be charged for the services and it will take the agency 10 business days to respond back to the inquiry. When trying to access crime history information on third parties for non justice purposes, you have the options to initiate a name based or a finger print search.
The procedure for the finger print inquiry is same as the above; for a name based search, you will have to get in touch with the State Bureau of Identification and use form SB212B. The information required to initiate the search will include the date of birth, name and social security number of the subject along with other descriptions. An $18 fee will be charged for this service and the form and payment can be submitted at:
The Division of State Police Attn.: CIU P.O. Box 7068 West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068