Arrest/Prosecution Record (RAP Sheet)

To get a copy of your arrests, it is best to start with the criminal records unit of the police department in which you were arrested. In Ohio, your arrest record is public information and anyone who has your identifying information can request it. However, employers are generally not allowed to use your arrest record (unless it leads to a conviction) to deny you a job. Arrest records do not show whether the case was dismissed or if you were convicted. You have to go to the County Clerk of Courts, the State Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, or a private security company for that information. For your arrest record with the City of Cleveland Police, use the information listed below. For all other police departments, contact the city hall listed for the correct number. If you were arrested by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff, see below.

City of Cleveland Arrest Records
The City of Cleveland Div. of Police has information on all felony and misdemeanor arrests made by their department. You can request this in-person or by mail. It is faster to get it in person. It can take four to six weeks by mail. You will need to complete a request form. Be prepared to have the following:

  • First name, last name and middle initial of the person who was arrested, including maiden name or any other names used
  • Birth date and Social Security number of the person
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope (for mail requests)
  • Fee (five cents per page. Usually it is only one page. Rarely does anyone exceed 25 cents, it all depends on the length of your record.) Cash only.

Cleveland Police Dept.
Record Files Section - 3rd Floor Justice Center
1300 Ontario St.
Cleveland, OH 44113

Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Records
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department has information on felony arrests they have made and all incidents where the person was admitted to the Cuyahoga County Jail. You can request these records from the Sheriff’s Department. The record will show the date of the arrest, the charges, and the Cuyahoga County case number. You can request this by mail or in-person. It will only take a few days to process mail requests. Be prepared to have the following:
  • First and last name of the person who was arrested, including maiden name or other names used
  • Birth date and Social Security number of the person
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope (for mail requests)
  • $6.00 fee per record – cash or money order only.

Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Records Division
1215 W 3rd St., 3rd Flr.
Cleveland, OH 44113

Cuyahoga County Criminal Court Records
If you need to view your arrests, charges, convictions and other details about your felony cases in Cuyahoga County, the Clerk of Courts has this information. You can view your information on their website, visit in-person to review the paper files (or other formats), or use their computers for free. You just need a first and last name to retrieve a file. A date of birth and Social Security number are also helpful. A certified copy of your record is $1.00 per page, and a standard copy is 3 cents per page (you will only be charged if your request exceeds $1.00). Cash, credit card, or money order only.

Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts Criminal Division
1200 Ontario St. 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH 44113

Out-of-County Information
If you have committed felonies in other counties in the State of Ohio, contact the police department, sheriff’s department and county clerk of court in that community for information. You can also get a “background check” on yourself. The Attorney General’s Office for the State of Ohio provides Ohio Civilian Background Checks. You can view all felonies reported to them throughout Ohio. Information on these checks is available in the following section. There are also private companies that offer background checks. In some cases, these are less expensive than the Ohio Civilian Background Checks. Be sure to check with the Better Business Bureau at 216-241-7678 or to get information on these companies before giving them money.

Ohio Civilian Background Checks/State Criminal Repository Records
For a record of your Ohio felonies that have been reported to the State Attorney General’s Office, you can request a civilian background check from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information. A background check for offenses in Ohio is referred to as a BCI check; a background check for offenses nationwide is referred to as an FBI check. To do this, you must go to an agency that has an electronic fingerprint machine. Fees vary by location, but are usually around $30-$60. To find a location near you, go to Scroll to the bottom of the screen and then click on “Webcheck Locations” (you can find this in the list under “Services”). You can search using your zip code to find a site close to you. Sites will be labeled as providing BCI and/or FBI checks. You should call for more information before you go. Be prepared with the following:
  • Photo ID
  • Payment (often must be cash or money order)
  • Your phone number
  • Your mailing address

For more information, you can contact:
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation
PO Box 365
London, OH 43140