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Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Your Data Rights

You have the right to see data held by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension under a state law called the “Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.” That law directs the BCA to provide policies and procedures to tell you how to make a request and how the BCA will respond.

To help you understand what data the BCA keeps, a data inv​entory​ has been prepared.

As a member of the public, you have the right to see public data held by the BCA. Accessing Government Data tells you how to make that kind of request.

In addition, you have certain rights to see data about you.  Accessing Data on Individuals tells you how to use those rights.  Depending on your circumstances, you may use one of the following forms to make a request.

Data Request by Data Subject - Minnesota

Data Request by Data Subject - other state resident

Informed Consent for Release of Data - Minnesota

Informed Consent for Release of Data - other state resident

Data Request by Parent or Guardian

Data Request on Decedent

Data Request by an Organization

Data Request for Confidential Data

For information on how long the BCA retains data please see the following approved records retention schedules.

            BCA Business Shared Services Schedule

            BCA Forensic Science Services Schedule

            BCA Investigations Schedule

            BCA Minnesota Justice Information Services Schedule

            BCA Training and Auditing Schedule

Important note:  if you need a criminal background check, you need to follow the process described on the Criminal Background Check page.