Child Abuse Central Index Self Inquiries

Instructions for Child Abuse Central Index Self Inquiry Requests

If you wish to inquire as to the status of your name in the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI), you may do so by either of the following methods:

  1. Complete the California Department of Justice Child Abuse Central Index Self Inquiry Request form, pdf, including notarization, and mail it to the Department of Justice.
  2. OR

  3. Send a brief notarized letter asking if your name is in the Child Abuse Central Index (CACI). The letter must include:
    • All the names you have used
      Date of birth
      Identifying Numbers
      Current Address
      Previous California Residences

Mail the notarized & signed requests to:

Department of Justice
Bureau of Criminal Information & Analysis
Child Abuse Central Index
P.O. Box 903387
Sacramento, CA 94203-3879

No person or agency shall require or request another person to furnish a copy of a record concerning himself or herself, or notification that a record concerning himself or herself exists or does not exist.

The California Department Of Justice Is Not Authorized To Remove Suspect Records From CACI Unless Requested By The Original Reporting Agency.

Statutory Authority

California Penal Code section 11170
(f) (1) Any person may determine if he or she is listed in the Child Abuse Central Index by making a request in writing to the Department of Justice. The request shall be notarized and include the person's name, address, date of birth, and either a social security number or a California identification number. Upon receipt of a notarized request, the Department of Justice shall make available to the requesting person information identifying the date of the report and the submitting agency. The requesting person is responsible for obtaining the investigative report from the submitting agency pursuant to paragraph (11) of subdivision (b) of Section 11167.5.
(2) No person or agency shall require or request another person to furnish a copy of a record concerning himself or herself, or notification that a record concerning himself or herself exists or does not exist, pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subdivision.
(g) If a person is listed in the Child Abuse Central Index only as a victim of child abuse or neglect, and that person is 18 years of age or older, that person may have his or her name removed from the index by making a written request to the Department of Justice. The request shall be notarized and include the person's name, address, social security number, and date of birth.