National Crime Information Center (NCIC) of the FBI

National Crime Information Center

What is the National Crime Information Center?

The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) is the United States’ central database that is used for tracking crime-related information.  Since 1967, the National Crime Information Center has been maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services Division, and is interlinked with similar systems that are maintained by each state in the country. It is widely considered to be the lifeline of police and law enforcement that is used by every criminal justice agency in the country around the clock.

Data on crime is received from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, as well lesser known law enforcement agencies such as tribal law police forces, railroad police, and non-law enforcement agencies, such as state and federal motor vehicle registration and licensing authorities.

The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database was created in 1967 under the FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.  The original purpose of the system was to create a centralized information system to facilitate the flow of information and crime data between the numerous law enforcement branches in the federal government.

National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Records

The NCIC makes available a variety of records to be used for law enforcement and security purposes. These criminal records are made up of a variety of forms of personal and property records.

Personal Crime Records

Property records

  • Firearms records, including lost or missing firearms, guns and weapons
  • Stolen, embezzled or counterfeit securities and other financial instruments
  • Stolen property and personal belongings
  • Stolen vehicle and boat parts and accessories
  • Stolen vehicles and boats

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