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About The State Bureau of Identification

In an effort to reduce crime in Maine, enabling legislation was passed in 1937 to create the State Bureau of Identification to collect, file, preserve and distribute criminal records. [More History]

As the central repository for Criminal History Record Information (CHRI), SBI collects and links fingerprint-supported arrest information from law enforcemet agencies, incarceration information from prison systems, and final disposition information from the courts to make a complete record of an individual through the justice process.

The Bureau manages the state's component of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). SBI also administers and maintains the Sex Offender Registry (SOR) for the State of Maine. Crime statistics and trends are recorded and analysed by SBI's Records Management Section (RMS) and used to improve how crime is dealt with in Maine. It is also the responsibility of SBI to submit this information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to complete the national criminal history database and sex offender registry.