How do I get my fingerprint records destroyed?

5. Think about appealing

Read their answer to your application

You'll be notified in writing if your request to have your fingerprint records and photos destroyed is refused. The written notice must explain why they decided to not destroy your records.

Ask them to reconsider

If your request to have your fingerprint records and photos destroyed is refused, you have the right to ask them to reconsider. This is called an appeal.

To make an appeal, complete the following steps within 60 days of the date on the notice:

  1. Contact your local police department to ask for the name of the Records Management Services Manager
  2. Write a letter explaining why you think they should reconsider
  3. Submit the letter and any other supporting information to the Records Management Services Manager

Your letter of appeal should explain why you think they should reconsider their decision. These reasons are called . Examples include:

  • The you were accused of was minor
  • Things that were happening in your life at the time made you less responsible for your actions
  • Your age, intelligence, physical health, or mental health influenced your actions

Include any information that helps prove what you're saying, such as court transcripts.

You'll get their decision in writing within 60 days of submitting your appeal. If the police still refuse to destroy your fingerprints and photos, you can go to court. Talk to a lawyer about getting a to have your records destroyed.  

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