Correct Errors on Criminal History Reports
The California Department of Justice (DOJ) keeps a record of every arrest or conviction in California. The DOJ gets information from law enforcement, probation departments, district attorney offices, and courts. The DOJ collects the information in a report, commonly called a “rap sheet” or “DOJ report.” Some background checks rely on criminal histories recorded by the DOJ. Unfortunately, this record is not always right. To challenge the contents of a DOJ report, a person must complete a "Claim of Alleged Inaccuracy or Incompleteness" form (BCIA 8706). The DOJ reviews the challenge and returns a written response. If the challenge is denied, a person may request the DOJ to refer the matter for an administration hearing.