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Georgia Felon Search Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Why is this information available to the public?

Georgia Law - O.C.G.A. 35-3-35C - allows criminal history record information showing in-state felony convictions, pleas and sentences to be requested and released electronically without fingerprint comparison or consent of the person whose record is requested. However, the identifying information provided must be sufficient to identify the person whose record is requested electronically.

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2. How is this information available to the public?

The Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) provides a convenient online system which allows one to easily submit a request through the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) to verify whether individuals have committed and been convicted for felony offenses in the State of Georgia.

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3. What is the cost for this service?

There will be a charge of $15.00 for each individual search transaction on the Georgia Felon Search. After verifying your search criteria, your account will be charged $15.00 when you select the "search" button. If your search returns -No Record Found- you will receive a $15.00 charge for the search.

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4. How do I read or interpret the criminal history information returned?

For inquiries concerning the information on the Rap Sheet please contact the following:

Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Georgia Crime Information Center
404-244-2639, then press option #1
gacriminalhistory@gbi.ga.gov

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5. How can I be certain that the response received is for the individual whose record I am requesting?

The quality of the information you provide is critical because records are searched based on your submissions. The probability of receiving accurate results increases when more accurate search criteria is provided. Without a fingerprint card, it is impossible to positively verify the identity of an individual. It is possible that the record(s) returned is for someone with a similar name and personal identifiers as the person whose record was requested.

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6. How do I determine which record most likely applies to my search?

Review the possible matches individually by evaluating the information presented. Begin by looking at all of the identifiers presented then, select the record which most closely matches your subject. Do not assume that the possible hit will always be the first or second search result.

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7. How do I review more than one possible match?

After viewing and/or printing your first selected Criminal History Record, select "Back to Search Results". You may then select a different record from the search results. You will be charged $15.00 for each additional record you choose to view and/or print.

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8. Why did my search return "No Record Found"?

Only felony convictions that have been reported to GCIC are searched and returned. A "No Record Found" result may be due to one of the following reasons:

. Individual has never been arrested in Georgia for a felony offense.

Individual has been arrested in Georgia for a felony offense but not convicted

. Individual has been arrested and convicted in Georgia for a felony offense but the conviction information is unavailable (e.g., information may not have been sent by the court or it has been sent and is being processed by GCIC).

. Individual has been arrested in Georgia for a felony offense but the charge was either dismissed/dropped or downgraded to a misdemeanor.

. Individual has received and successfully completed a First Offender sentence, thereby sealing release of this record to the public.

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9. Why doesn't the Social Security number that I entered display back?

The Social Security number is suppressed from the results for security reasons.

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10. What is my responsibility when I use this information for employment decisions?

In the event an adverse employment decision is made, the individual, business or agency making the decision must inform the applicant whose record was obtained of all information pertinent to the decision. This disclosure must include information that a criminal history check was conducted, the specific contents of the record and how the record affected the decision. Under Georgia law - O.C.G.A. 35-3-34 (b) - failure to provide all such information to the person subject to the adverse decision is a misdemeanor offense.

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11. What is an Account Number?

The GA Net account number is a number which identifies business customers conducting a minimum number of searches on a monthly basis.

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12. What is MNU?

An MNU is a miscellaneous identifying number. The categories for MNU are the following:

AF Air Force Serial Number
AR Alien Registration
AN Non-Immigrant Admission Number
AS Army Serial Number
AS Air National Guard Serial Number
AS National Guard Serial Number
CG U.S. Coast Guard Serial Number
CI Canadian Social Insurance Number
MC Marine Corps Serial Number
MD Mariners Document or Identification Number
NS Navy Serial Number
OA Origination Agency Police or Identification Number
PI Personal Identification Number
(only state issued numbers)
PP Passport Number
PS Port Security Card Number
MP Royal Canadian Mounted Police Identification
Or Fingerprint Section Number
SS Selective Service Number
VA Veteran's Administration Claim Number
AN Non-Immigrant Admission Number

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13. Need help with User ID or Password?

13.Please call 404-463-2300 for assistance with your User ID or Password.

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14. Who do I contact if I have problems or questions concerning my search or the results?

For inquiries concerning the use of Georgia Felon Search please contact the following:

Georgia Technology Authority
Office of Data Sales
47 Trinity Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-463-2300
datasales@gta.ga.gov.

For inquiries concerning the information on the Rap Sheet please contact the following:

Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Georgia Crime Information Center
404-244-2639, then press option #1
gacriminalhistory@gbi.ga.gov

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15. Why did my search return "Too Many Results Returned"?

"Too Many Results Returned" indicates that a broad number of records matched the search criteria you entered. To ensure the best possible match you should narrow the parameters of your search by adding more search criteria. For example, you may consider completing the race, social security number or middle name fields if you have that information. This will reduce the possible number of matches for your search so that you have a greater likelihood of receiving the appropriate record.

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16. Why is the information on the record(s) returned in the index search not identical to the information I provided in the search criteria?

The search returns the top five closest matches based on the criteria entered. There are several reasons why an exact match may not be in the results returned. The individual may not have a felony record on file. A false (alias) name, date of birth, SSN, etc. may have been provided. It is possible that the record(s) returned is for someone with a similar name and personal identifiers as the person whose record was requested. The probability of receiving accurate results increases when more accurate search criteria is provided. Without a fingerprint card, it is impossible to positively verify the identity of an individual.

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