Information on criminal convictions is available through both the Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS), and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Records of criminal convictions at the BCA are public for 15 years after the sentence is completed. But, records of criminal convictions are permanently available through MNCIS.
That’s a little complicated. Arrest history is often publicly available at local police departments and county sheriffs. But not always. Some departments make the information easy to access and others don’t. There aren’t really any rules about it, so it depends on where you go.
It is true that arrest history is not public at the BCA, BUT the BCA can give your arrest information to employers or landlords who got your permission to do a background check.
Convictions more than 15 years old are private information at the BCA but are still public on MNCIS indefinitely.
Most juvenile records are considered private information. There is an exception when a youth is 16 or older and is involved in a felony offense. In these cases, there is a public hearing and record. You can see these records at the courthouse. They are not available online.