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.