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  ( Part 4 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 1385. )


  ( Title 3 added by Stats. 1955, Ch. 1128. )

CHAPTER 2. Criminal Offender Record Information [13100 - 13352]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 992. )

ARTICLE 7. Examinations of Local Records [13320 - 13326]
  ( Article 7 added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 849. )


(a) As used in this article, “record” with respect to any person means the local summary criminal history information as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 13300, maintained under such person’s name by the local criminal justice agency.

(b) As used in this article, “agency” means any agency or consortium of agencies.

(c) It is the function and intent of this article to afford persons concerning whom a record is maintained in the files of the local criminal justice agency a reasonable opportunity to examine the record compiled from such files, and to refute any erroneous or inaccurate information contained therein.

(Added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 849.)


Any person desiring to examine a record relating to himself shall make application to the agency maintaining the record in the form prescribed by that agency which may require the submission of fingerprints.

(Added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 849.)


The agency may require the application be accompanied by a fee not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25) that the agency determines is equal to the cost of processing the application and making a record available for examination.

(Added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 849.)


When an application is received by the agency, the agency shall upon verification of the applicant’s identity determine whether a record pertaining to the applicant is maintained. If such record is maintained, the agency shall at its discretion either inform the applicant by mail of the existence of the record and specify a time when the record may be examined at a suitable facility of the agency or shall mail the subject a copy of the record.

(Added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 849.)


(a) If the applicant desires to question the accuracy or completeness of any material matter contained in the record, he may submit a written request to the agency in the form established by it. The request shall include a statement of the alleged inaccuracy or incompleteness in the record, its materiality, and shall specify any proof or corroboration available. Upon receipt of such request, the agency shall, within 60 days of receipt of such written request for clarification, review its information and forward to the applicant the results of such review.

(b) If the agency concurs in the allegations of inaccuracy or incompleteness in the record and finds that the error is material, it shall correct its record, and the agency shall inform the applicant of its correction of any material error in the record under this subdivision within 60 days. The agency shall notify all criminal justice agencies to which it has disseminated the incorrect record from an automated system in the past two years of the correction of the record.

The agency shall furnish the applicant with a list of all the noncriminal justice agencies to which the incorrect record has been disseminated from an automated system in the past two years unless it interferes with the conduct of an authorized investigation.

(c) If the agency denies the allegations of inaccuracy or incompleteness in the record, the matter shall at the option of the applicant be referred for administrative adjudication in accordance with the rules of the local governing body.

(Added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 849.)


The agency shall adopt all regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this article.

(Added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 849.)


No person shall require an employee or prospective employee to obtain a copy of a record or notification that a record exists as provided in Section 13323. A violation of this section is a misdemeanor.

(Added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 849.)

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