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Alaska is an open records state.
Some form of criminal history information is open to the public in “open records” states. In “closed records” states, access to criminal history information is not generally available to the public, but is available to authorized entities (e.g. law enforcement agencies).


Contact Information

Alaska Department of Public Safety and
Phone number: 907-269-5511


State Checks 

General Information on State Checks:

  • While two options for types of state checks are listed below, name-based and fingerprint-based, only one type of state check is required. CNCS does not recommend one of these checks over the other. Either the name-based state check or the fingerprint-based state check is acceptable.
  • Please note that to be in compliance with CNCS requirements, recipients may have to conduct checks in up to two states: the  state of service/work check on individuals in covered positions, as well as a state of residence check (i.e. if the state of residence is different from the state of service/work at the time of application).

Name-Based State Checks

Available from: Department of Public Safety

What is released: The reports that are disseminated include list of criminal charges, dispositions, and sentencing information.  

Criminal Justice Information reports available to the public include:
Information available to the subject of the record. This report will include:
Past Conviction Information
Current Offender Information
Criminal Identification Information
Nonconviction Information
Sealed Information
Correctional Treatment Information (if available)

Information available to any person. This report will include:
Past Conviction Information
Current Offender Information
Criminal Identification Information

Information available to an interested person. An Interested Person is defined (AS 12.62.900(18)) as a person that employs, appoints, or permits a person to serve with or without compensation in a position in which the employed, appointed, or permitted person has or would have supervisory or disciplinary power over a minor or dependent adult. Reports released to an interested person include:
Past Conviction Information
Current Offender Information
Criminal Identification Information
Nonconviction Information
Correctional Treatment Information (if available)

Information authorized by another state or federal statute. The Criminal Records and Identification Bureau will release all information authorized to be released pursuant to an authorized state or federal law. You must include a copy of the state or federal statute with the appropriately completed form or fingerprints with your request.

Cost: $20

How long does it take to obtain results? Approximately three weeks

Fingerprint-Based State Checks

Available from: Department of Public Safety

What is released: Same as if you are conducting a name based search

Cost: $35

How long does it take to obtain results? 2 - 3 weeks 

Available to: Individual.

NOTE: For state non-fingerprint-based information for other than the subject of record you must submit a form provided by the department. The form requires the subject of record to authorize release of the criminal history information to a third party. The subject and the requester must sign the form and the subject of record must sign an unsworn falsification statement. The form can be mailed or hand delivered to the department. Click here to view or print a copy of the from other than the subject of the record form.

For fingerprint-based state background checks the following information must be provided (mailed or delivered):
A full ten-print applicant fingerprint card
A letter of explanation as to why they need this information
A current mailing address
A Money order in the amount of $35 payable to the state of Alaska.

Mail or hand deliver this information to:
Alaska Department of Public Safety
Criminal Records & Identification Bureau
5700 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507

The results will be mailed within 2-3 weeks. 


Approved Alternative Repositories 

State repositories are institutions that house and maintain the arrest and disposition (or outcome) information for cases handled in that state. Each state has a central repository, and CNCS has designated one in each state that grantees must use. In some cases, generally when a different institution is able to provide information that is equivalent to what is provided by the state repository, CNCS may designate them as an Approved Alternative Repository.
Alaska Court System Court View System Court View system searches must be either (a) singular name-based queries using the on-web portal above; or (b) name-based searches using bulk electronic data obtained from directly from the Alaska Court System on a quarterly updated basis.

A fingerprint-based check by the Montana Department of Justice (, the Oregon State Police (, or the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation ( 

A fingerprint-based check by the Washington State Patrol ( will indicate only if there is a record of the individual in the Alaska repository. If you receive this notification, you must conduct a full Alaska state check using the designated repository, the Alaska Department of Public Safety. 


FBI Checks 

FBI Check Guidance:

State Repository Provides FBI Checks: Some organizations may receive FBI checks through the state repository if they are authorized employers, but this is limited to positions like teachers, nurses, security guards, and school bus drivers.

CNCS FBI Channeler: Organizations that cannot successfully use the state repository for FBI checks may use CNCS’s FBI-approved Channeler, Fieldprint, for FBI checks. 

Cost: The cost for one FBI check through Fieldprint is $27.50. 

How long does it take to receive results? The majority of checks conducted electronically take no more than two business days from the date the fingerprints are captured. If an applicant does not live near a Fieldprint livescan location and fingerprints must be taken manually and mailed, it will take longer to receive the results. See the Fieldprint Guide and FAQ (linked below) for more information.

More information:
Fieldprint Guide and FAQs: (see document, “Using Fieldprint as an FBI Channeler – A Guide for CNCS Recipients”)
Fieldprint website:


NSOPW (National Sex Offender Public Website) Check
A required component of the NSCHC is a nationwide check of before an individual begins work or service in a covered position. Please note that a compliant nationwide NSOPW check must include reports from all states, territories, and tribes. If any state, territory, or tribe is unavailable at the time the NSOPW check is conducted, you must either run a nationwide NSOPW check again through and ensure that all entities are reporting, or run a separate check for each entity that is not reporting through the state sex offender registry website.

Please note that a check of a single state’s sex offender registry alone is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the nationwide NSOPW check requirement. The information provided in the State Sex Offender Registry Information section is for reference purposes only in the event that a single state sex offender registry check is necessary to supplement an incomplete nationwide NSOPW check.


State Sex Offender Registry Information

Alaska Sex Offender Registry:


Individuals Requesting Criminal History Records (versus Organizations)

Individuals: $20 fee, 3 weeks. 

Please fill out the Alaska state background check form. Select #2, CJI available to any person for any purpose. Enter the program’s mailing address to have results sent directly. Send the document with the $20 fee made payable to State of Alaska:
Criminal Records and Identification Bureau
5700 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507

Results should be received within 3 weeks of the submission date. Bring sealed results to program to ensure chain of custody. 

Revised as of 02/16/2018


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