Criminal Identification (BCI) Menu


About the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI)


The Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification was established in 1927.  BCI has statutory authority as outlined in UCA 53-10-201.  Bureau duties have been outlined in UCA 53-10-202.


BCI is responsible for:


  • Entering, updating, and maintaining data in the Utah Computerized Criminal History (UCCH) file for all submitted criminal arrests and the outcome of these arrests.
  • Determining eligibility for expungements and issuing eligibility certificates.
  • Employment/licensing background checks for qualifying entities.
  • Verifying all fingerprints that are submitted to BCI for criminal purposes or as part of an employment or licensing application process.
  • Maintaining a computerized fingerprint database.
  • Operating a 24x7x365 help line for all criminal justice agencies statewide and across the country.
  • Training on the Utah Criminal Justice Information System (UCJIS) files.
  • Proficiency testing for all UCJIS users.
  • Auditing agencies for compliance with state and federal laws, rules, and guidelines.
  • Gathering and compiling of statewide statistics and producing the annual Crime in Utah (CIU) report.
  • Managing Missing Person Clearing House and AMBER Alert for Utah.
  • Assisting citizens wishing to review or challenge their own Utah criminal record.
  • Administration of Concealed Firearm Permit (CFP), Private Investigator, and Bail Enforcement Agent licenses.
  • Conducting background checks on individuals wishing to purchase a firearm.