Criminal Record Search
Effective July 14, 2003, all criminal history searches will be conducted by the Office of Court Administration Criminal History Search Unit in New York City. The Court will no longer conduct criminal history searches. The cost for the search is $95.00 per name. The application, instructions and form can be accessed through UCS CHRS.
If you are requesting "poor person status" to waive the cost of the search fee, your search application and indigency application must be sent to the Criminal History Search Unit. A Poor Person application can be obtained from the City Court office.
If your agency is exempt from search fees pursuant to statute, the prescribed search form and your request on letterhead indicating the reason for the exemption must be forwarded to the Criminal History Search Unit.
Certificate of Disposition
A Certificate of Disposition is an official court document affixed with the Court Seal that indicates the disposition of the case.
The Court will not prepare a Certificate of Disposition in advance of the receipt of the proper fee. Payments accepted by mail include a Cashier's Check or Money Order made payable to Binghamton City Court. Payments accepted in person include cash, credit card, Cashier's Check or Money Order made payable to Binghamton City Court. The court does NOT accept personal checks.
If a case is sealed and you are the defendant, proper proof of identification and a notarized statement will be required to prepare a Certificate of Disposition. If you are acting as an agent for an individual that has a sealed record, you must provide a copy of the defendant's proper proof of identification and a notarized statement from the defendant indicating permission for the sealed record information to be released in the form of a Certificate of Disposition.
If a record is sealed and you are not the defendant or do not have the written permission of the defendant for the release of the information, the Court cannot acknowledge that a record exists (Criminal Procedure Law section 160.50 ).
If a defendant is adjudicated a Youthful Offender, proper proof of identification and a notarized statement will be required to prepare a Certificate of Disposition. (Criminal Procedure Law section 720.35).