Criminal Record Check
Welcome to the Information Page of the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. The CJIS Division is responsible for compiling, maintaining and disseminating complete and accurate criminal history records, criminal incident and arrest reports, and statistics. Criminal history record information is collected by criminal justice agencies on individuals consisting of identifiable descriptions and notations of arrests, detentions, indictments, information or other formal criminal charges, and any disposition arising there from sentencing, correctional supervision, and release.
Criminal history record information is not only used by law enforcement agencies, but is also available for non-criminal justice requests. Background check requests are available in two forms: 1) A personal identifier or name-based search which searches information based on the name, date of birth, and social security number of an individual; and 2) Fingerprint search.
Processing time for personal identifier search requests and fingerprint-based search requests received by mail is approximately 4-6 weeks. For electronic fingerprint submission, please refer to the MACHS section below.
The Personal Identifier Search or also known as name-based search requires a payment of $12.00 per request. The background check results are considered a "possible match" and will include only open records. Open record information includes (1) records containing convictions, such as plead guilty to, or convicted of, (2) arrest information that is less than 30 days old from the date of arrest, (3) prosecutor filed charges awaiting final disposition from the court, and (4) records that contain a suspended imposition of sentence (SIS) during the probation period. A request for personal identifier search may be completed online through the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) or by mail. Requests made by mail require the completion of a "Request for Criminal Record Check Form, SHP-158. This form may be obtained from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, CJIS Division, or via the Internet at: Criminal Record Check Form (SHP-158)
A Fingerprint Based Search requires a completed applicant fingerprint card (FD-258). The state only fingerprint fee is $20.00 per request (with the exception of conceal-carry weapons permits pursuant to Section 571.101 RSMo, and the Department of Social Services for foster care placement, pursuant to Section 210.487 RSMo, which are $14.00 per request). The results of a fingerprint-based background check are considered a "positive match" and will provide closed or complete records for the requesting individual or qualified requesting entity. Closed record information includes (1) all criminal history data, including all arrests (filed or not filed charges), (2) charges that have been nolle prossed, dismissed, or found not guilty in a court of law, and (3) will include any SIS after the probation period is complete.
The associated fee is due upon submission of the request and must be made payable by check or money order to the "State of Missouri - Criminal Record System Fund." CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED. Major credit/debit cards are accepted. State agencies may qualify to be invoiced through SAM II. Requests from outside the United States must be paid in US dollars, and by money order only. Return postage for requests requiring other than standard return mail (Federal Express, UPS, overnight, etc.) must be paid by the requesting party.
Notarized Response - Upon request the CJIS Division can notarize the results of the personal identifier search or fingerprint based search. There is an additional $2.00 fee for this service.
The Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS)
The Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) is Missouri's one-stop website for all criminal background check needs. This site is administered by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, the central repository for all Missouri criminal history files. MACHS is divided into two portals: 1) the MACHS Name Search Portal and 2: the MACHS Fingerprint Search Portal. Click HERE to access MACHS Main Page.
MACHS Name Search Portal allows any member of the public to request and receive personal identifier (name-based) criminal records checks online. The fee for each personal identifier search through MACHS is $12.00*, plus a small convenience fee. The MACHS Name Search Portal accepts all major credit cards. Click HERE to access the MACHS Name Search Portal.
MACHS Fingerprint Search Portal allows any member of the public to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted through Cogent, the state fingerprint services vendor, for a fingerprint-based criminal background check. Cogent will utilize electronic image capturing (also known as livescan) to capture an applicant's fingerprints electronically and transmit them to the MSHP for processing. Cogent does not receive or have access to criminal history records.
The processing time for a fingerprint-based background search is generally seven to ten business days and the results of the background check will be mailed to the qualified entity or applicant. Cogent's service fee is $8.30 per applicant. Therefore, a state background check using Cogent will cost $28.30 per applicant ($20.00 + $8.30) and a state and federal background check (for authorized entities) will cost $43.05 per applicant ($20.00 + $14.75* + $8.30). To schedule an appointment with Cogent or to view fingerprint locations, you may access the MACHS Fingerprint Search Portal below or call Cogent toll free at 1-877-862-2425. Click HERE to access the MACHS Fingerprint Search Portal.
Name Based Processing Fees
Name Based Only
Electronic Payment Services
Fingerprint Processing Fees
($14.00 for foster care and CCW Endorsements)
$14.75 ($13.50 for volunteers)
Missouri State Highway Patrol's Public Window Access
Open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday
(Closed on State and/or Federal Holidays)
1510 East Elm Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Public Window is located in the Annex Building at 1510 East Elm Street, Jefferson City. Background check requests made in person for a single search by name, date of birth and social security number, or with fingerprints for a Missouri record search can be processed at the Public Window within approximately thirty minutes.
The MSHP Public Window will be closed for the following Holidays in 2015:
- New Year's Day - 1/1/2016
- Martin Luther King Day - 1/18/2016
- Lincoln's Birthday - 2/12/2016
- Washington's Birthday - 2/15/2016
- Truman Day - 5/9/2016
- Memorial Day - 5/30/2016
- Independence Day - 7/4/2016
- Labor Day - 9/5/2016
- Columbus Day - 10/10/2016
- Veteran's Day - 11/11/2016
- Thanksgiving - 11/24/2016
- Christmas - 12/26/2016
Applicants residing outside Missouri who need a fingerprint-based Missouri or Missouri and national criminal history background check (subject to authorization) performed through the Missouri State Highway Patrol may contact the local law enforcement agency in their state for fingerprint assistance. Fingerprints and personal identifying information must be completed on a FBI standardized Applicant Fingerprint Card (FD-258). Both ink and electronic fingerprint images are accepted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol; however, electronic transmission from agencies outside of Missouri is not allowed. The completed applicant fingerprint card should be mailed with appropriate fees to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, CJIS Division, at Post Office Box 9500, Jefferson City, MO 65102-9500. Processing time for applicant fingerprints cards received by mail is approximately three weeks.
Applicants may also contact Cogent, the Missouri contracted fingerprint vendor, for assistance at 1-877-862-2425. The completed applicant fingerprint card may be mailed to Cogent for electronic submission to the MSHP, which may expedite the processing time. For further assistance or questions regarding submitting fingerprints to Missouri from out-of-state, please contact the MSHP CJIS Division at (573) 526-6153.
FBI CJIS Individual Record Check Request
Individuals that need a federal or FBI background check for personal reasons or for employment purposes for entities not authorized through Missouri state statute or the Missouri VECHS program, can submit fingerprints with an $18.00 fee directly to the FBI. For information on how to obtain a federal background check directly from the FBI, please refer to the FBI's website at: Federal Bureau of Investigation - Criminal Justice Information Services Division - FBI Identification Record Request