Central Repository [Criminal Law] Law and Legal Definition

The term ‘central repository’ is used to refer a database or the agency housing the database that maintains criminal history records on all state offenders. Generally, the central repository is found within the Department of Public Safety. However, in some states, the state police or other state agency maintain the central repository.

The central repository maintains records such as fingerprint files, files containing identification segments, and notations of arrests and dispositions. It is generally responsible for state-level identification of persons who are arrested. The central repository ordinarily serves as the central hub for contact with FBI record systems. Local agency inquiries relating to national record checks are directed to the FBI through the central repository.