Pre-Check has just received word that Governor Cuomo of New York has signed the 2019-2020 New York State budget into law today, Friday, April 12 th, 2019. My apologies but I was not certain when this was to take place and as you can see the notification was immediate.

With his signature, New York Office of Court Administration record searches will now be increased from $65 to $95, plus a $3 credit card fee.  The total is now $98. This is effective immediately.

Beginning tomorrow, April 13th, 2019 at 12:01 am, all fees assessed by the NY OCA will be $98.

Original sources had the budget being signed last week, but due to other political activities, the Governor did not complete his duty until today.

On Monday, April 1st, after prolonged negotiations the New York Legislature passed their 2019-2020 State Budget. The budget as passed includes a dramatic increase to Office of Court Administration (OCA) searches from $65 to $95.

The next change will take the OCA time to implement but will change how pending cases are reflected in OCA reports. As part of the Governor’s Article VII Bill (named for the provision of the New York Constitution that authorizes such non-budget items to be part of the budget) “undisposed cases” will no longer be accessible in a criminal records search. The definition of an undisposed case is as follows:
The OCA will have a year from the date the Governor signs the bill to implement the classification, removal, and non-entry of undisposed cases in their system. The undisclosed case definition does leave questions as to certain arrest records, and we will work to gain greater guidance from the OCA before the undisposed case provision becomes fully active. (NY A2005, Page 44-46, Subpart L, Lines 50-3).

Should an alternative method of doing criminal searches in the State of New York becomes available I will be sure to notify you should that occur.

Once again: Beginning tomorrow, April 13th, 2019 at 12:01 am, all fees assessed by the NY OCA will be $98.