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How to Obtain NCIC Certification

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The National Crime Information Center certifies law enforcement employees. The certification requirements and the process, however, vary slightly from state to state. Once you have been certified, you have access to the NCIC national database, which includes criminal background and missing person information as well as databases of arrest and fugitive warrants and more.

Qualifications for Certification

Certification is limited to current law enforcement employees or those in the process of applying for employment in law enforcement. After completing a one or two day certification class, an applicant must pass a background and fingerprint check.

Where to Apply

Speak to your immediate superior to get details about the certification class and the registration process. In larger departments, your contact may be the education and training specialist or the human resources department. In many states, the classes are free. Classes vary somewhat in length and scope from state to state.


Patrick Gleeson received a doctorate in 18th century English literature at the University of Washington. He served as a professor of English at the University of Victoria and was head of freshman English at San Francisco State University. Gleeson is the director of technical publications for McClarie Group and manages an investment fund. He is a Registered Investment Advisor.

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