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Records Division

The Records Division is responsible for processing and maintaining crime and arrest records, traffic accident reports, citations and related documents in order to provide information to other divisions within the Sheriff’s Office, the County Attorney’s Office, the Court System, other law enforcement agencies and to the general public. 

Records are classified as “Confidential”, “Private”, and “Public” and a determination is made by Records Division staff, under State Data Practices guidelines, as to when a record can be released, who it can be released to, or whether a record can be released at all. 

Office Locations: Accident or Incident Reports: Background Checks: Fees: Public Records Search Links

Law enforcement is limited by state and federal law as to the type of backgrounds that can be performed on individuals for private, non-law enforcement purposes. State law provides that law enforcement can do a background clearance on anyone operating a daycare program (licensed or non-licensed) or foster care home in St. Louis County. A criminal history is run on the operator and all persons living at the residence, through the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s criminal files. Similar criminal histories are run on all applicants of liquor licensed issued to rural St. Louis County applicants.

More extensive criminal histories are run through both Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) files and FBI files on applicants of firearms permits and explosive permits. None of this information is releasable to the applicant.

In most cases when an individual is looking for background information on themselves or another individual, law enforcement is limited by state and federal law as to what data can be released and what sources can be tapped for information. Local background checks through only St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office criminal case files is often times the only source allowed to access.

The following site will give you more information on how you can obtain your background check Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

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