How to Check Your Rhode Island BCI
Rhode Island law permits an individual to obtain a copy of their Rhode Island BCI. BCI stands for the "Bureau of Criminal Identification." The BCI Unit of the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General's Office "serves as the central repository and clearinghouse for all descriptive and demographic information on individuals arrested and convicted of crimes in Rhode Island." (source: Rhode Island Department of Attorney General Website). The BCI Unit complies with private requests for an individuals own BCI (official criminal record).
Checking Your Rhode Island BCI in Person
An individual seeking to obtain a copy of their own BCI can appear in person at the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General's Office located at 150 South Main Street in Providence. When appearing, the individual must present a valid photo identification and a check/money order made payable to "BCI" in the amount of $5.00. Acceptable photo identification includes: (1) a State Issued Drivers License, (2) a State Issued Identification Card, or (3) a Passport. For payment, only check or money order are acceptable, and the BCI Unit cannot accept cash.
Checking Your Rhode Island BCI by Mail
The Rhode Island BCI Unit of the Attorney General's Office will also comply with BCI request by mail within approximately seven business days. To obtain a Rhode Island BCI by mail, you must mail the following to the Attorney General's Office located at 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903:
- A signed and notarized release of information;
- A copy of one of the acceptable forms of photo identification;
- A check or money order in the amount of $5.00 made payable to "BCI";
- A self-addressed stamped envelope for return
Contact Attorney Matthew Marin for assistance obtaining your Rhode Island BCI
At the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esq., Inc., we are available to assist you in obtaining and expunging criminal cases from your Rhode Island BCI. We are available 24/7 to speak with you and provide a no obligation expungement case evaluation.