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Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Statutes and Rules

Criminal Justice Agencies Must Take Fingerprints

Minnesota Statutes §299C.10 requires criminal justice agencies to take fingerprints and other identifying data at specific times during an individual's interaction with the criminal justice system. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Juveniles arrested for, appearing in court on a charge of, adjudicated delinquent for, or alleged to have committed felonies or gross misdemeanors as distinguished from those committed by adult offenders.
  • Persons arrested for, appearing in court on a charge of, or convicted of a felony, gross misdemeanor, or targeted misdemeanor.

Targeted Misdemeanors

Minnesota Statutes §299C.10 subd. 1(d) requires finger and thumb prints be obtained no later than release from booking or, if not booked, prior to the acceptance of a plea of guilty or not guilty. A prosecutor may file a Rule 5.01 motion to obtain prints if necessary.

Minnesota Statutes §609.118(a) requires the court to order the offender to immediately report to the law enforcement agency responsible for the collection of fingerprints and other identification data required under section 299C.10, regardless of sentence imposed or executed for individuals convicted of a felony, gross misdemeanor, or targeted misdemeanor, as defined in section 299C.10 subd. 1, or is adjudicated delinquent for a felony or gross misdemeanor.

Agencies Must Provide Certain Identification Data to the BCA

Minnesota Statutes §299C.11 requires agencies  to provide identification data including finger and thumb prints, photographs, distinctive physical mark identification data, information on known aliases and street names, and other identification data to the BCA when required under the provisions of section 299C.10.

BCA Must Notify Agencies of Suspense Records

Minnesota Statutes​ §299C.111 requires the BCA to notify agencies when files have gone into suspense. A list of records in suspense, updated in real time, can be accessed through the Criminal History System Suspense Queue.