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Bureau of Criminal Apprehension

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Criminal History

​The Criminal History System  (CHS) is the state central repository for data on persons arrested for felony, gross misdemeanor and some misdemeanor offenses. It is used by the criminal justice community for decisions regarding investigations, arrests, bai​l/bond, criminal charges, plea bargains, convictions, probation, and placement in correctional facilities. It is also used during mandated background checks on individuals seeking employment or licensing for various positions. CHS also contains valuable information for researchers.

What is Included in a Minnesota Criminal History Record

Minnesota criminal history records contain information on all arrests and convictions. State statutes require all law enforcement agencies in the state to report juvenile felony and gross misdemeanor arrests, and adult felony, gross misdemeanor, and targeted misdemeanor arrests to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). They are not required to report other misdemeanor arrests, but they may report them if they choose. The law enforcement agencies send a copy of each arrest fingerprint electronically to the BCA. The information from each arrest is recorded in the CHS record. Courts and Corrections report information regarding convictions, court dispositions, probation, and custody actions which are recorded in CHS.

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A $30.00 service charge will be added to all dishonored checks. You may also be subjected to a civil penalty of $100.00 or 100% of the value of the check, whichever is greater, plus interest and attorney fees.  Reference Minn. Stat. §604.113.