Updating Criminal Records
Authored By: Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
Updating Criminal Records
The following Certified documents are required to update a criminal record with a final disposition. Without these documents the OSBI cannot update your record.
• If charges were filed (you went to court or were represented in court by an attorney)
A Certified copy of the final disposition should be obtained from the Court Clerk’s Office in the county of arrest. If charges were handled in city court, contact the municipal court in the city of arrest.
• If you received a deferred sentence and upon successful completion –
A Certified copy of the deferred dismissal should be obtained from the Court Clerk’s Office in the county* of arrest. If the case is no longer on file at the Court Clerk’s Office, contact the District Attorney’s Office for a certified copy. Oklahoma County & Tulsa County District Attorney’s Offices will assist only subject(s) who have received a deferred sentence.
*If charges were handled in city court, contact the municipal court in the city of arrest.
Note: State law does not allow for the complete removal of an arrest that results in a deferred sentence. The arrest will always be a part of the criminal record and the disposition will be updated to read Pled Not Guilty, Case Dismissed resulting in no conviction for that arrest.
• If charges were not filed (you did not go to court nor did an attorney appear in court on your behalf) you must obtain 3 certified
documents, exception Oklahoma County and Tulsa County you will only have 2 certified documents. The necessary documents are
A Certified letter must be obtained stating there is no record of the arrest in the files of the County and/or City Court Clerk. The letter must be signed and certified by the County and/or City Court Clerk, and
A Certified letter must be obtained from the District Attorney’s Office in the county of the arrest. This letter must be written on District Attorney office letterhead and signed by the District Attorney or Assistant District Attorney stating there is no record of the arrest in the files of the District Attorney.
Exception #1: Oklahoma County and Tulsa County District Attorney’s Offices will not write letters (see 2nd bullet).
Exception #2: Caddo, Cleveland, Grady, Jefferson, Okmulgee and Stephens County District Attorney’s Offices will not write letters.
In addition, when no record exists at the Court Clerk’s Office or the District Attorney’s Office, a certified copy of the arrest/incident report relating to that arrest must be obtained from the arresting agency.
You may call the automated-attendant line (405) 879-2690 for additional information.