Understanding the Criminal History Record Results

Information included on the Record Check

A Criminal History Record check provides North Dakota records of:

  • Convictions, regardless of how old. 
  • Charges that were dismissed, or did not result in conviction, or do not have a court disposition, and are less than three years old
    • When a deferred charge is dismissed, the charge continues to be reported for three years from the dismissal date.
  • Jail or prison custody records less than three years old.

If no criminal record is found or the information is not releasable, the requester will receive a notice stating "No information is available either because no information exists or dissemination is prohibited."

Information Not included on the Record Check

The Criminal History Record check does NOT include:

  • Charges that were dismissed, or did not result in conviction, or do not have a court disposition that are more than three years old;
  • Jail or prison custody records more than three years old.;
  • Juvenile records;
  • Federal records;
  • Most traffic offenses (Contact the ND Department of Transportation);
  • Civil judgments (Contact the Courts);
  • Records from other states.

Note - even if the information is too old to be included on the criminal history record check, it is always available to law enforcement officials.