Oregon Criminal Records: How to Check and Search Criminal Records in Oregon
Public records including criminal records, vital records, court records, and state background checks, are maintained by Oregon State Records. Members of the general public are entitled to search, view, and obtain public records under Oregon’s Public Records and Public Meetings Laws.
Access to public records is provided to requesters through the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division located in Salem. One can request for a self-record of criminal history or someone else’s criminal history record.
How to Access Your Own Criminal Record or Obtain a Clearance Letter?
Whether you want an official report of your record or a clearance letter that you do not have any criminal history in Oregon, this is the procedure:
- Obtain your fingerprints. Use the blue applicant fingerprint card - FD258 - for the purpose. An example of the fingerprint card as well as a copy of the Request Form can be obtained here.
You can also obtain fingerprints from the police agency in your locality, or from a public fingerprinting facility.
Fingerprint services are also offered at Oregon State Police Office Monday thru Friday between 8.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., for a fee of @20. 00. The office address is:
- Fill in the Request Form completely.
- Draw a check or money order for $33.00 for payment toward processing fee to the Oregon State Police. Include an additional $5.00 for notarized requests.
- Mail these documents to:
- Submit the above documents directly to the State Police Office if you are visiting for fingerprinting services. You can also buy request forms at the office directly. Pay using cash, debit or credit card (except American Express and Discover), or a personal check.
- Wait for 7 to 10 business days, excluding mail time, for a response.
- Note that Own Record requests are mailed only to the subject that made the request and not to other parties such as attorneys, schools, employers, etc.
How to Request for Someone Else’s Criminal Record Information?
Chapter 181A of Oregon Revised Statute gives an individual or an agency except a Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice Agency, the right to obtain criminal information on offenders. To place a request, do the following:
- Obtain the Open Record form from here. Fill in all the required fields.
- Draw a money order or check for $10.00 payable to the Oregon State Police toward processing fee.
- If you are making a direct payment, mail the above documents to:
- If you are a billing customer such as a business that makes such requests frequently and therefore has a billing account, then mail the documents to:
If you are a new customer that requires a billing account, then you can request one using this form.
If the subject has a criminal record, then the agency or individual that made the request will receive a notification at the start of the 14-day waiting period. This waiting period is to permit the subject to review the record information and challenge the accuracy of any information therein.
The CJIS is required by the Oregon law to notify the record subject of the identity of the individual or the agency that has made the search request. If the subject does not challenge the record accuracy within the 14-day timeframe, then the Division disseminates information to the requester.
Nature of Information
The Division sends the following record details to the requester:
- Arrest Date
- An offense that caused the arrest
- The agency that made the arrest
- Court of origin
- Disposition details, including the punishment, parole date if any, and any parole revocations.
If the record shows no criminal history or consists only of non-conviction information, then the Division will issue a no-criminal record notice to the requester.
Online Oregon Criminal Records Search
Searching for Oregon criminal records can be very quick and very easy when using an online public records search directory. You can choose between several such directories that have access to public records in every state, including Oregon criminal records. The search in each directory is based on an identifying detail, meaning you will need to provide a detail about the person that you are searching for the query to complete.
What information do you need to provide? For the Oregon criminal records search to begin, you need to enter an individual's full name/physical address/email address/phone number, and that is it. Within minutes, the search engine you chose will scan public records and aggregate the data in them into a report about the person in question. The report will include information about the said person, including their criminal history, so you will be able to learn more about people's past whenever you need to.