There are two ways to get a copy of your own CORI.
- Mail the Personal CORI Request Form to the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) and ask them to send you a copy of your CORI in the mail, or
- Get a copy of your CORI online from DCJIS iCORI. This will cost $25 per name.
Getting CORI by mail
Step 1. Get the CORI request form and fill it out. Download the Personal CORI Request Form from DCJIS website or call the DCJIS at 617-660-4600 (for TTY, call 617-660-4606) and ask them to mail the form to you.
Print neatly. DCJIS may send back forms that are hard to read.
Step 2. Sign the form in front of a Notary Public. You can find a notary public in city and town clerks’ offices, local banks, real estate offices, lawyers’ offices, and travel or insurance agencies. In Massachusetts, notaries may not charge more than $1.25 to notarize a document.
Step 3. Get a money order for $25. There is a $25 fee to get a copy of your CORI. DCJIS does not accept personal checks. You must send a money order. Make it payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If you cannot pay the $25 fee, fill out an Affidavit of Indigency to ask for a free CORI report. You can get a free CORI report if:
- You get SSI, TAFDC, EAEDC, MassHealth or Massachusetts Veterans Benefits; or
- Your income is 125% of the federal poverty guidelines or less; or
- Paying the fee means you could not pay for your or your family’s food, shelter, clothing or other necessities of life.
Step 5. Mail everything to the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS):
☐ the CORI request form, and
☐ the $25 fee or the Affidavit of Indigency.
Mail the papers to:
Department of Criminal Justice Information Services
200 Arlington Street, Suite 2200
Chelsea, MA 02150
Attn: CORI Unit
You should get a copy of your CORI in the mail within about two weeks.
Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services Last updated March 2013