New York - Disputing Public Records

Criminal Records

Obtaining an Official Record

New York has separate processes for requesting your criminal record depending on whether you live in or out of New York state.

Sealing/Expunging Records

Following is some information or sealing or expunging criminal records in New York state:

Civil Records

Civil records generally include judgments, liens and evictions, as well as other family and small claims cases.

The most efficient way to dispute a civil record in New York is to contact the court in which the record was filed.


Bankruptcies can stay on your credit record for as long as 10 years. The most important place these records can affect you is on your credit report. To dispute a bankruptcy record that is inaccurate, contact each of the three major U.S. credit bureaus. Each has a process online for disputing records that appear on your file.

Disputing the actual public record can be much more challenging since the consumer is the one who files for the bankruptcy in the first place. More information can be found on the United States Courts website.

General Contact Information

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Alfred E. Smith Building
80 South Swan St.
Albany, New York 12210
18-457-5837 or 1-800-262-3257

NYS Unified Court System
Office of Court Administration
25 Beaver Street - Rm. 852
New York, NY 10004

NYS Unified Court System
Office of Court Administration
4 ESP, Suite 2001
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12223-1450


U.S. Court Locator

Locate any court in the United States:

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