An Identity History Summary—often referred to as a criminal history record or a “rap sheet”—is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with arrests and, in some instances, federal employment, naturalization, or military service.

If the fingerprints are related to an arrest, the Identity History Summary includes the name of the agency that submitted the fingerprints to the FBI, the date of the arrest, the arrest charge, and the disposition of the arrest, if known to the FBI. All arrest data included in an Identity History Summary is obtained from fingerprint submissions, disposition reports, and other information submitted by agencies having criminal justice responsibilities.

The U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73 establishes rules and regulations for the subject of an Identity History Summary to obtain a copy of his or her own record for review. The FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division processes these requests.

VeriScreen believes that fingerprinting may be used as an additional tool for performing background checks but should not be used alone. Fingerprinting is compared to the FBI database of approximately 80 million records with many of those not having dispositions. Our criminal database contains over 551 million unique court cases with dispositions.

That being said, VeriScreen has partnered with the largest fingerprinting service in the country and can handle all your fingerprinting needs. We like to consider ourselves a one-stop-shop. If your state, county or local laws require fingerprinting, let us know and we can include that in your comprehensive screening package.