How to Get a Copy of A Criminal Record
You have the right to get a copy of your own CORI.
There are two ways to do this:
You can mail in a form:
If you mail a form, you need to include a bank check or money order. Personal checks are not accepted. The amount is for $25. It should be made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The form and check need to be mailed to:
Department of Criminal Justice Information Services: CORI Unit
200 Arlington Street,
2nd Floor, Suite 2200
Chelsea, MA 02150
If you can’t print the form, please call the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services. The phone number is 617-660-4600. You can ask them to mail you a blank form.
You must sign the form in front of a Notary Public. You can find a Notary Public in many places. This includes your local bank, town municipal buildings, etc. They might even be at a lawyer’s office. In Massachusetts, a Notary Public can’t charge more than $1.25 to notarize your document.
Juveniles: The Personal Massachusetts Juvenile Court Activity Record Information Request Form There is no charge to get a copy of your juvenile record.
Or, you can request your adult criminal record online through iCORI.
If you can’t afford the $25 fee, also fill out an Affidavit of Indigency
This is a fee waiver. It drops the $25 so that you do not have to pay it. To qualify for this fee waiver, you must:
Get SSI, TAFDC, EAEDC, MassHealth or Massachusetts Veterans Benefits; or
Have income no higher than 125% of the federal poverty guideline; or
Be in a situation where paying the fee means that you won’t afford food, shelter, or other necessities.
No one, including your employer or your landlord, can ask you to get your own copy of your CORI for him or her.
You have a right to know who got copies of your CORI.
Get a Copy of Someone Else's Criminal Record
?An attorney can obtain someone else's CORI. See attached form.
If you are a member of the public
You can get a copy of the following CORI about any person:
Convictions for any felony for which the person could have been sentenced to 5 years or more, for 10 years following the disposition of the case, including the end of any period of incarceration or custody
Information about an inmate’s status and where he or she is being held, if the inmate is currently serving imprisoned, or is on parole or probation
Convictions for any felony for two years following the disposition of the case, including the end of any period of incarceration or custody
Misdemeanor convictions for one year following the disposition of the case, including the end of any period of incarceration or custody
All convictions for murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter and sex offenses for which the person could have gone to prison, unless the record has been sealed
If you are in a special class
There are two types of people or organizations who have special access to CORI.
Required Access to CORI is available only to people who are authorized or required by law to obtain access to CORI to screen applicants.
Standard Access to CORI is available to employers, landlords, property management companies, real estate agents, public housing authorities, and governmental licensing agencies to screen employees, tenants, or people applying for certain types of licenses.
Details on what you can see in a person’s CORI if you are in one of those categories can be found in: 803 CMR 2 .
- Organization: mass.gov
- Date Created: June 06, 2017
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