Not so long ago, handwritten or typed Vermont criminal records maintained at local police stations prevented the sharing of the information between agencies. This in turn allowed a person to escape his or her criminal past simply by moving to another city or state. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. Today, computer databases accessible throughout the world are where criminal records are stored.
The Vermont state repositories receive criminal records from the local and state courts and law enforcement agencies. After it receives the record, the state repository voluntarily shares the information with the federal databases. The aforementioned information is stored in searchable computer databases. This makes it possible for law enforcement agencies to search a criminal record within its own state repository as well as within any of the federal databases. Generally, fingerprint searches are used to perform a criminal background check or locate a criminal record. Apart from the law enforcement agencies, authorized U.S citizens can also request for their own or another person?s criminal record.
The Vermont Criminal Information Center (VCIC) of the Department of Public Safety maintains the criminal records in Vermont. The central repository for all Vermont criminal records, the VCIC runs an online system which it uses to perform name-based searches for Vermont criminal records. Generally, the criminal records made available by the Vermont Criminal Information Center include:
You can request for your own or another person?s Vermont criminal record in person, by mail or online. There is no charge for viewing your criminal record in person but if you want a printed report, you?ll have to pay a $30 fee. If you choose to make a request by mail, you?ll need to complete a request form and send it to along with a copy of your Photo ID to:
Record Check Section
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
In addition to above, you?ll need to pay the $30 processing fee. You can also obtain Vermont criminal records online through public databases by paying a convenience fee.