MISSOURI CHARGE CODES
The purpose of the Charge Code:
The Missouri Criminal Records Repository was initially established for the sole purpose of enhancing law enforcement safety. It tracks statistics for arrest data and conviction data using Charge Codes. It has since evolved into other non-law enforcement uses post-9/11 and is now used in the hiring practices of people in public trust positions such as teachers, nurses, daycare providers, nursing home employees, etc.
RSMo 43.500 defines "Central Repository," as the Missouri State Highway Patrol Criminal Records Division, and assigns it the responsibility of compiling and disseminating complete and accurate criminal history records.
RSMo 43.512 reads that the Central Repository, with the approval of the Missouri Supreme Court, shall publish and make available to all criminal justice officials, a standard manual of codes for all offenses in Missouri. The manual of codes shall be known as the "Missouri Charge Code Manual," and shall be used by all criminal justice agencies for reporting information required by sections 43.500 - 43.530.
RSMo 43.503 mandates that ALL law enforcement officers who arrest misdemeanors and felons shall, without undue delay, submit to the central repository fingerprints and appropriate charges and charge codes of all persons arrested.
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The hard copy version of the Missouri Charge Code Manual is published and mailed out to law enforcement agencies once each year. This webpage will be kept up-to-date throughout the year with revisions, changes and corrections. Please save this page to your Favorites Bar and check back often throughout the year for important updates..
For more information, or to order hard copies of the Charge Code Manual, please contact:
Heather Elder, Charge Code Specialist
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Criminal Justice Information Services
1510 East Elm Street
PO Box 9500
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 526-6153 ext. 2638
Toll-Free: (800) 877-3452
** Information on this page provided in cooperation with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Office of State Courts Administrator.