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Criminal Information & Identification

We are North Carolina's central repository for Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) based on fingerprint identification. 

We receive, process, and store this information based on fingerprint cards received from law enforcement agencies and prison systems.  We link the final disposition information provided by the courts to each entry.

We enter fingerprints into our Computerized Criminal History File (CCH) and index them to the FBI's criminal history files.   These fingerprint prints and associated criminal records are accessible to criminal justice and non-criminal justice agencies nationwide.   

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Specialized Units
To provide critical analysis and coordination of essential resources to NC criminal justice, ten specialized units are coordinated by an Assistant Special Agent in Charge and/or supervisor.
•  AFIS & Technical Search Unit •  DDE/NICS Research Unit
•  Applicant Processing Unit •  Expungement Unit
•  Compliance Unit •  Sex Offender Coordination Unit
•  CCH/Triple I Processing Unit •  Training Unit

For further information about the Criminal Information & Identification Section or to request assistance, contact us.

AFIS & Technical Search Unit

Our fingerprint technicians perform analysis, comparison, evaluation, and verification of fingerprint images to determine identity.
Fingerprint technicians establish criminal history records during the evaluation phase if there is no prior criminal history record.  The SBI's Fingerprint Technicians provide Statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System (SAFIS) network support and edit electronic fingerprint submissions

SAFIS links a statewide network of Live Scan devices that electronically capture and submit fingerprint images to us.

Applicant Processing Unit

We process non-criminal justice name and fingerprint background checks for more than 3,000 non-criminal justice agencies.
To access our criminal history records, North Carolina law requires an ordinance, federal mandate, state statute, or Governor’s executive order for non-criminal justice agencies to have access to our criminal history records.
We process criminal justice applicant fingerprint cards for law enforcement agencies in North Carolina.

We also provide information for petitioners seeking restoration of firearms rights.  Petitioners must complete a consent form for a criminal record check which we process for the restoration of firearms rights.  (Form is available in two formats:  fillable .DOC-form or read-print PDF document.)

Compliance Unit
We audit records which are entered, modified, cleared, and canceled in the SBI-maintained Division of Criminal Information Network (DCIN) which further links to the FBI-maintained National Criminal Information Center (NCIC).   Our unit audits the use of certain criminal justice information obtained through DCIN by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to make sure the information is complete, accurate, and up-to-date.

DCIN information audited includes stolen vehicles, stolen guns, missing persons, wanted persons, and computerized criminal history record dissemination logs.  Non-criminal justice entities which have access to criminal justice information are also audited.

CCH/Triple I Processing Unit
We verify and maintain criminal history data for all Live Scan fingerprint submissions that are electronically added to the Computerized Criminal History File (CCH).
We manually enter modifications to Live-Scan and mailed-in fingerprint submissions.   State and federal records are reviewed and compared, records are verified as belonging to North Carolina, and we take ownership of the records.

DDE/NICS Research Unit    
We process criminal arrests, custody information, and applicant card submissions from mailed-in inked fingerprint cards to a Descriptive Data Entry (DDE) screen for electronic submission to the FBI.
Each fingerprint card is manually edited for clarity and mandatory fields to ensure that the charges meet qualifications under NCGS § 15A-502.  We process and categorize juvenile fingerprint cards under NCGS § 7B-2102 and NCGS § 7B-2200.  We also research final dispositions for the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Expungement Unit
We process expungement requests and orders, and ensure that the requests meet the legal criteria set by law (NCGS § 15A-145NCGS § 15A-146NCGS § 15A-147NCGS § 90-96, and NCGS § 90-113.14).
We check the Computerized Criminal History Files (CCH), the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).   If we find legal issues, we contact the attorney, presiding judge, clerk of court, or out-of-state agency.
If appropriate, we expunge the criminal history record information denoted by the court order from the CCH computer system, the FBI's computerized criminal history files, the Imaging System, the NIST Archive database, and we have the record removed from the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

Sex Offender Coordination Unit

We manage the content on the NC Sex Offender Registry website and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.   Every week, we mail individual verification letters to registered offenders and we conduct quality assurance checks of data entered into state and federal databases.

We provide support to NC county sheriffs with registration and management of sex offenders.   We also work closely with other states to track and monitor offender movements nationwide.

Training Unit
We provide instruction to NC criminal justice agency personnel in the operation and use of the communication and information network (DCIN).   Training needs are evaluated and courses are developed to teach criminal information record-keeping, access, and dissemination of criminal information.   We also train law enforcement on the NC Sex Offender Registry.

Training specialists are regional instructors assigned to SBI District Offices.   We serve local law enforcement as well as state and federal agencies to provide training and technical support.   We manage state certifications which allow review of SBI and FBI criminal records.

Criminal Information & Identification Section:   Special Agent in Charge Wendy L. Brinkley