Every public record has its own system as to how it is documented and stored for future use. In Washington, governing officials have formed an organization called Washington State Patrol Identification and Criminal History Section. Its main job is to collect, archive and broadcast criminal reports within the state jurisdiction. As based on policy, all the said reports are controlled according to fingerprints taken which comprise all arrest and disposition details for felonies and uncivilized misbehavior.
As per guideline, interested parties or individuals may only do name-based searches, except when the full account will have to be retrieved through fingerprint lookup. Cost for requesting such records may depend whether it is a mailed name-based application or through the Washington Access to Criminal History. The former takes $17.00 per name while the latter takes $10.00 which can actually give out conviction reports only. On the other hand, fingerprint searches charge $26 with the fingerprinting fee at $13.00 if done at the Washington State Patrol office. Anyone can basically take fingerprints at the local law enforcement offices, however, payments vary.