Law Enforcement Assistance_National Crime Information Center

The FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is designed to complement the development of similar metropolitan and statewide criminal justice information systems and provide a computerized central index to documented files of local and State criminal justice agencies.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Website Address

Program Accomplishments

Transactions handled during FY 2007 estimate is 2,409,847,645.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is a computerized index of crime and criminals of nationwide interest.

Included are records concerning wanted persons, missing persons, unidentified persons, persons on supervised release, persons subject of a protection order, registered sexual offenders, persons violating immigration laws, persons associated with a violent gang or terrorist organization, and stolen property.

Also provided is access to an index of criminal history records.

The NCIC, located at the FBI's Criminal Justice Services Division in Clarksburg, WV, serves as a nucleus of a vast, high-speed criminal justice communications network which includes authorized local, State, and Federal criminal justice agencies throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

Through use of computer storage and retrieval, the NCIC is able to locate and transmit in seconds essential data for the efficient performance of criminal justice personnel.

FBI personnel are available to assist States in operating their systems which are connected to the NCIC computer.

Technical and other consultant services as well as training are provided at no expense to State agencies.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Local, State, and Federal criminal justice agencies may participate through their individual control terminal agency.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Local, State, and Federal criminal justice agencies may participate through their individual control terminal agency.


Agencies accessing NCIC must be an authorized criminal justice agency or authorized entity.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Federal, State and local criminal justice agencies applying for access should contact their control terminal agency, or the Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 10th and Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20535.

Award Procedures

Not applicable.




28 U.S.C. 534.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and expenses) FY 07 $24,924,785; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

"NCIC Operating Manual," no charge; "NCIC Code Manual," no charge; "NCIC Newsletter*", no charge; "The Investigative Tool*," no charge; "NCIC: An Overview," no charge; "NCIC File Reference Card," no charge; "NCIC 2000 Protection Order File," no charge. (Items marked * are restricted to criminal justice agencies.)

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20535. Telephone: (202) 324-3000. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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