Please take this opportunity to gain a better understanding of what services our agency provides to the residents of the Commonwealth and to the nation.
NEW NATIONAL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK LAW
Governor Patrick recently signed into law “An Act Relative to Background Checks” requiring fingerprint-based national criminal history checks for all employees and certain other individuals working in public and private schools and child care facilities in Massachusetts. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services are currently working with the Executive Office of Education, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Department of Early Education and Care to implement this law, including information on when and how required individuals will need to submit their fingerprints for these background checks.
Please continue to monitor this link for updates on the law and its implementation.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING iCORI REGISTRATION RENEWALS
New iCORI Service
The DCJIS has launched a new online criminal history request service called iCORI. This service will allow individuals and organizations to request and obtain Massachusetts criminal offender record information (CORI) over the internet. To access this new Service please click the iCORI link below. Please note you will need to register in order to use the iCORI Service
IMPORTANT: While iCORI is an automated service and most responses to CORI requests will be returned immediately, there will be instances in which a CORI request will require manual processing. In these cases, responses will most likely be delayed.Your CORI results will appear in your CORI Results list as soon as they are processed by DCJIS staff. There will be no notification when a delayed request has been processed. You will need to keep checking your CORI Results list for responses.
Important Information About CORI
The source of criminal history information contained in the iCORI database is the Office of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP), a subdivision of the Administrative Office of the Trial Court (AOTC). Accordingly, OCP is the only state agency that can change information that appears in the iCORI database. Further, only OCP can seal criminal convictions.
CORI Fees and CORI Fee Waivers
There is a fee for each search of the iCORI system. Search results are based on an exact match of the information submitted and the name and date of birth that is maintained in the iCORI database.
Personal, Standard, and Required requests: $ 25.00 per name
Open Access requests: $ 50.00 per name
All paper requests must be accompanied by a bank check or money order for the correct amount made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Please ensure that the subject information is accurate. Any improper entry, misspellings, or typographical errors are the responsibility of the submitter. No refunds of CORI fees will be given due to data entry errors on the part of the submitter.
CORI Fee Waivers
The Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) grants CORI fee waivers to organizations which meet all of the following criteria:
1. The organization must be a not-for-profit entity as defined by 501C(3).
2. The organization must provide one or more programs or activities for children, for the elderly, and/or for the disabled.
3. The average annual percentage of volunteers in the organization must be greater than 50.
4. The average program fee charged by the organization must be less than $300.
Organizations must satisfy all four criteria to qualify for a fee waiver. If you feel your organization meets the qualifications for a fee waiver, please complete the CORI Fee Waiver Request Form available here file size 1MB .
Any questions should be directed to the DCJIS at email@example.com.
New CORI Law
The main provisions of the new CORI law took effect on May 4, 2012. Below are links to some helpful information on the changes which took place:
Affidavit of Indigency file size 1MB
I Want to Request My Own CORI
Adult Criminal Record Request Form file size 1MB
I Want to Request Someone Else's CORI
Advocate, Attorney, Designated Representative file size 1MB
Open Access file size 1MB
**Please note: All CORI fees paid by mail must be made by bank check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.**
I Want to Seal My Record
The conviction sealing process is governed by MGL c. 276, s. 100A. Individuals may petition OCP to seal certain eligible criminal convictions as follows:
Misdemeanor: 5 years after the conviction or any period of incarceration, whichever is later.
Felony: 10 years after the conviction or any period of incarceration, whichever is later.
Sex offense: 15 years after the conviction or any period of incarceration, or after the obligation to register as a sex offender ceases, whichever is later. Sex offenders classified as Level 2 or Level 3 will not be eligible to have their convictions sealed.
I Want to File a CORI Related Complaint
Incorrect CORI Complaint Form file size 1MB
CORI Regulatory Violation Complaint Form file size 1MB
Current Firearms Records Bureau (FRB) License Processing Time
As of March 18, 2013 the FRB is currently approving and printing licenses that were submitted for review by police departments between March 4th and March11th.