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Criminal History (Taj)

Verified 02 mars 2021 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of Justice

The Taj is a criminal police (police, gendarmerie) file used in judicial investigations (search of offenders), administrative investigations (recruitment to sensitive employment...) and certain intelligence investigations. It contains information on the persons involved and the victims. Only certain qualified professionals have the right to consult the Taj. A person registered with the Taj has access to his or her personal information depending on the reason for registration.

The Taj shall be used in judicial investigations: report offences, gathering evidence of these offences, tracing the perpetrators.

It is also used in administrative investigations (for example, pre-trial investigation) french naturalisation or recruitment for certain public or sensitive jobs) and in the context of certain intelligence investigations.

The information stored in the file is collected:

  • when investigating crime, offence or contravention 5e class (disturbing public safety or tranquillity, harming persons, property or the security of the State),
  • in the search for causes of death or serious injury or disturbing disappearance

The head of the Taj is the Ministry of Interior.

The Taj contains information about:

  • Person implicated as author or accomplice of crime, a offence or contravention 5e class (disturbing public safety or tranquillity, affecting persons, property or the security of the State)
  • Victims of offences
  • Person under investigation for cause of death, serious injury or disturbing disappearance

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Person implicated as an offender or accomplice

  • Identity
  • Nicknames alias
  • Date and place of birth
  • Family situation
  • Filiation
  • Nationality
  • Addresses
  • Email addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Occupation
  • Individual Status
  • Reporting
  • Face photo and other photos

Victim of an offence

  • Identity
  • Date and place of birth
  • Family situation
  • Nationality
  • Addresses
  • Email addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Occupation
  • Individual Status

Person linked to the search for the suspect cause of death or disappearance

  • Identity
  • Date and place of birth
  • Family situation
  • Nationality
  • Addresses
  • Email addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Occupation
  • Individual Status
  • Reporting (missing persons and unidentified bodies)
  • Face photo of missing persons and unidentified bodies and other photos

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For a judicial enquiry

The following persons, individually designated and specially empowered, may consult Taj more or less widely:

  • National Police Officer
  • National Gendarmerie
  • Judicial Customs Officer
  • Forensic Officer
  • Magistrate Taj

The parquet can also consult the Taj.

Information may be provided to the following persons and services:

  • Other State official with a judicial police mission
  • Instructor
  • International Cooperation Organisation for Judicial Policing
  • Foreigner Police Service

For an administrative investigation

The following persons, individually designated and specially empowered, may consult Taj :

  • Police and gendarmerie personnel
  • Intelligence Officer
  • National Administrative Security Investigation Service (NASA) Officer
  • Special Command Officer for Nuclear Security (CoSSeN)
  • Prefecture Staff
  • National Security Council Officer (Cnaps)

However, it is not possible to consult the information on a victim or a person involved who has benefited from a final decision of no further, non-place, relief or acquittal. The same shall apply to convictions with waiver, of a conviction with exemption from criminal record or absence of criminal record criminal record bulletin 2.

Information may be provided to:

  • International Cooperation Organisation for Judicial Policing
  • Foreigner Police Service

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Major involved

20 years.

This period may be reduced to 5 years some offence and tickets 5e class.

For example, a traffic offence.

This period may be increased to 40 years some offences.

For example, poisoning, kidnapping, hostage taking, murder, murder.

In case of final decision acquittal or relief, the information is deleted unless public prosecutor decides to keep them. In this case, you are informed. The same shall apply in the case of a conviction with no penalty, a conviction with no record in the criminal record or a failure to register a criminal record in the criminal record bulletin 2.

Minor involved

5 years.

This period may be increased to 10 or 20 years for some offences.

For example, 10 years for robbery with violence, sexual exposure, 20 years for rape, murder, armed robbery.

In case of final decision acquittal or relief, the information is deleted unless public prosecutor decides to keep them. In this case, you are informed. The same shall apply in the case of a conviction with no penalty, a conviction with no record in the criminal record or a failure to register a criminal record in the criminal record bulletin 2.

Person who has been the victim of an offence

15 years.

You can request the deletion of your registration in the Taj once the offender has been definitively convicted.

Person linked to the search for the suspect cause of death or disappearance

Until the investigation is resolved (missing person found, suspected crime or misdemeanour discarded)

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Person who has been the victim of an offence

You can send a request to the Ministry of the Interior to access and have your card corrected.

Your request must be addressed by mail.

Specify the file(s) you want to access in your request.

You must attach a copy duplex of your identification.

The Department 2 months to respond to your request.

Who shall I contact

If no response is received within this time limit or if no response is received, you can enter Cnil.

You must send the following documents to the Cinl:

  • Your query
  • Copy of an identity document or birth certificate
  • Copy of the negative reply from the Ministry of the Interior, or in the absence of a reply, copy of your initial request
  • National Commission on Informatics and Freedoms (Cnil)

    By mail

    3 Place de Fontenoy

    TSA 80715

    75334 Paris cedex 07

    The CNIL does not receive the public and does not provide information on the spot.

    Phone

    +33 1 53 73 22 22

    Telephone reception open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6.30pm (6pm on Friday)

    Legal information open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm

    By Email

    Access contact form

Respondent

You can send a request to the Ministry of the Interior to access and have your card corrected.

Your request must be addressed by mail.

Specify the file(s) you want to access in your request.

You must attach a copy duplex of your identification.

The Department 2 months to respond to your request.

Who shall I contact

If no response is received within this time limit or if no response is received, you can enter Cnil.

You must send the following documents to the Cinl:

  • Your request
  • Copy of an identity document or birth certificate
  • Copy of the negative reply from the Ministry of the Interior, or in the absence of a reply, copy of your initial request
  • Copy of any favourable court decisions you have benefited from ( relief or acquittal, order non-placedecision no further)
  • National Commission on Informatics and Freedoms (Cnil)

    By mail

    3 Place de Fontenoy

    TSA 80715

    75334 Paris cedex 07

    The CNIL does not receive the public and does not provide information on the spot.

    Phone

    +33 1 53 73 22 22

    Telephone reception open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6.30pm (6pm on Friday)

    Legal information open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm

    By Email

    Access contact form

You can also send your request to public prosecutor of the jurisdiction where you have been tried or the magistrate in charge of the Taj.

You can request that your data be corrected, erased or that a statement be added to make it inaccessible during an administrative investigation.

Your request must be sent by mail RAR.

You can request deletion or addition of a notice as soon as a decision has become final relief, acquittal, with waiver or exemption from criminal records, non-place or no further.

In other cases, you can only apply when there is no longer a criminal record in your Bulletin #2 criminal record.

If you want to erase or correct inaccurate or incomplete data, you can request it at any time.

You receive an email RAR to inform you of the decision.

In the event of a negative reply or in the absence of a reply within 2 months, you can use:

  • To the President of the Chamber of Instruction (within the Court of Appeal) if you have referred the matter to the Public Prosecutor
  • To the President of the Chamber of Instruction of the Court of Appeal of Paris, if you have referred the case to the magistrate in charge of the Taj

Your appeal must be substantiated. This means that you must explain the reasons for challenging the decision.

You must appeal within a certain time one month by mail RAR or by declaration at the office of the examining board.

The President of the Examining Chamber shall take a decision within 6 months upon receipt of your appeal.

You receive an email RAR to inform you of the decision.

In case of refusal, you can appeal by appeal only if the decision does not meet certain formal requirements.