Crime & Safety · Criminal History Records
The Identification and Criminal History Section is the central repository for criminal history record information (CHRI) for the state of Washington and was established during the 1972 Legislative Session. CHRI maintained by the Section consists of fingerprint-based records and disposition information submitted by law enforcement agencies and courts throughout the state. The Section provides complete, accurate, and accessible criminal history and expert technical services in the interest of public safety.
Local criminal justice agencies are required by law to submit felony and gross misdemeanor arrest and disposition information to the State Patrol, where it is included in a CHRI database called Washington State Identification System (WASIS). The requested record information is furnished solely on the basis of name and/or description similarity with the subject of your inquiry. Positive identification or non-identification can only be determined upon receipt of fingerprints.
Fingerprinting services are offered to the public at our office in Olympia. If you are an individual who needs fingerprinting services, you may visit our office anytime during normal office hours. Please take a moment to view the fees and fingerprint room rules before your visit. If you have any questions regarding fingerprinting, please call us at (360) 534-2000.
Please note: Fingerprinting services are also provided by county sheriff’s offices and many local police departments. If you prefer, please contact your local county or city law enforcement agency to determine if fingerprinting services are provided.
Fees (for WSP services)
$13/each 2 fingerprint cards (ink or livescan – method of printing is at the discretion of the fingerprinting technician)
Fingerprint Room Rules
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