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Get Criminal Case History

To ask for expungement, you will need printouts of the case histories for ALL court cases where you were charged with a crime, including cases where you were not convicted. This includes State and Federal criminal cases, and cases in other countries. Under MN state law, a crime includes a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony. A petty misdemeanor is not a crime under MN law. See MN Statutes § 609.02 subd. 4(a).

Criminal Case History at the Courthouse

Get your criminal case history printout at a courthouse or from Court Administration. Do NOT rely on the public information available on this website in MPA Remote - Court Records because that data is not as detailed as what you will get from Court Administration. If you have a criminal case in more than one county, contact each county court to get a copy of your case history.

Criminal Case History at Other Agencies

Law enforcement agencies are required to report certain details about crimes to the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). You should also get a printout of your criminal history on file at the BCA. The BCA criminal history report might not include all court records. Visit the BCA Criminal History Records website to find out how you can search and get copies of BCA records. Contact the BCA at:

MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
1430 Maryland Avenue
CJIS Section
St. Paul, MN 55106

If you had a criminal case in another state, contact that court directly to get your criminal record information. You may also want to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) if you are not sure what cases you have in other states. The website is and the mailing address is:

FBI-CJIS Division - Record Request
1000 Custer Hollow Road
Clarksburg, VA 26306
(no contact via phone)


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