how many years can FBI go back in ones criminal record?

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19 Responses to how many years can FBI go back in ones criminal record?

  1. thelooneylife says:

    All the way back to that summer when u did that thing.

  2. jewel_o_th_night says:

    I know it sounds a bit scarey but i heard they can go right back to before you were even born.

  3. WellTraveledProg says:

    Anything that is on your criminal record after the age of 18 is fair game. It’s all there to be seen, anytime there is an arrest or conviction it’s reported to the national criminal database the FBI maintains. All they do is enter your name, and any arrests or convictions since age 18 show up.

    Juvenile arrests/convictions get sealed and are not accessible once the person turns 18. That does NOT apply to those under 18 who were tried as adults, which is an option now in many states.

  4. jimlive247 says:

    As far back as the records go.

  5. destine4_69 says:

    life history….FBI has all your data info…

  6. veteranpainter says:

    Having been in the military, the background check for the RANGERS in 1966 was back to pre-teen, so it all depends on the position you’re trying for. HOORAA

  7. rense says:

    They can and will, go back to your origination, or your birth date for contractors & employees.

  8. cool4sum1 says:

    It is up to FBI.

  9. Jim S says:

    I had a nato clearence when I was in the Military, they told me about a bike I borrowed without asking when I was 8 years old.

  10. brownsluv says:


  11. slagathor238 says:

    It’s a common misconception that the FBI has anything to do with background checks for employment purposes.

    The criminal history record that you’re referring to is maintained by the Dept of Justice. It lists all of your physical information including a record of your fingerprints, if they’ve ever been taken. It’s supposed to list each time you’ve ever been arrested and what the arresting charges were; if you were convicted and what the convicting charges were or if charges were dropped and why. It also lists penalties for convictions; any jail or prison time spent, probation, parole, warrants, etc.

    But to get to the meat of your question, your prospective employer doesn’t actually get to see your criminal history. In fact, obtaining a criminal history for employment purposes is illegal.

    What your prospective employer is really doing is submitting some information about you and your job application to the DOJ. DOJ takes the information provided and files a response stating whether or not there is anything in your criminal history that would prevent you from lawfully doing the job that you’re applying for. They also indicate if you’ve ever been arrested/convicted for any misdemeanor or felony charges.

  12. okchico says:

    All the way… as long as you’ve been doing things…. they will talk to neighbors and past employers and search and search and search and search and search….. so be honest during the application process or you’ll get jammed up.

  13. ronnie r says:

    10 years

  14. juicyq109 says:

    They go back to the day you entered this world.

  15. garysgryl says:

    depends on the position applying for…normally, they can go all the way back to Juvenile offenses, if pertinent.

  16. Retired says:

    Like the others have said, they can research your life to the very beginning. The gentleman who said that they can not access your juvenile record (should you have one) is in error, as those records are easily unsealed, and often provided to other law enforcement agencies – especially now, when all anyone has to do is whisper "Homeland Security", and the ball begins to roll.

  17. fr_chuck says:

    for ever, your criminal record does not stop after a certain amount of years.

  18. pj m says:

    18 years old and up

  19. Calvin L says:

    The FBI can access your criminal record all the way untill when you are 18 years old. Anything on your record before 18 is sealed when you become 18.

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