Central Repository

Central Repository


The database (or the agency housing the database) that maintains criminal history records on all state offenders.

Records include fingerprint files and files containing identification segments and notations of arrests and dispositions.

The central repository is generally responsible for state-level identification of arrestees, and commonly serves as the central control terminal for contact with FBI record systems.  Inquiries from local agencies for a national record check (for criminal justice or firearm check purposes) are routed to the FBI via the central repository.

Although usually housed in the Department of Public Safety, the central repository may be maintained in some states by the state police or some other State agency.