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Frequently Asked Questions - SAKI

To assist victims and survivors of violent crimes, the OSBI has a Victims Support Program.  Please click here for more information.


Sexual Assault Kits with a CODIS Match: The foreign DNA profile from the sexual assault kit that was uploaded into the Combined DNA Indexing System (CODIS) matched the DNA profile of one or more DNA profiles within CODIS. A match can happen indefinitely into the future as additional profiles are entered into CODIS.


If you need more information regarding this project, please contact [email protected].


This project was supported by Grant No. 15BJA-21-GG-04342-SAKI awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.


The sexual assault kits that are part of this project will be submitted to the OSBI Criminalistics Services Division.  Kits may be tested in-house or sent to an outside accredited laboratory for analysis.  All results that are provided by the outside accredited laboratory are reviewed by the OSBI Criminalist.


  1. Survivors with a tracking number may check the status of their kit through the Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System:  
  2. Survivors who do not have a tracking number should contact the law enforcement agency that took their sexual assault report to obtain information about their kit.  Oklahoma statute, Title 74-150.5, does not allow the OSBI to share information about a case with anyone other than the submitting law enforcement agency.


If you were the victim of a sexual assault prior to April 2019 in Oklahoma and you participated in a sexual assault examination where evidence was collected from your body, your case may be a part of this project. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].


Yes.  A survivor can have a kit collected, but choose not to report the incident to law enforcement.  In this case, the kit will not be tested by a forensic laboratory.   A collected sexual assault evidence kit, whether tested or untested, must be retained in a secure, environmentally safe manner for not less than fifty (50) years or for the length of the statute of limitations for the alleged crime, whichever is longer. 


In the state of Oklahoma, statute dictates that all SAKs will be tested unless no report is made to law enforcement, the victim requests the kit not be tested or the offender has been convicted for the crime and his or her profile is in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).


Is there information on the number of sexual assault kits inventoried, how many will be tested, and why they weren’t tested before?

The SAFE Task Force conducted a state-wide audit in 2017; 312 law enforcement agencies responded.

7,270 untested kits reported
Tulsa Police Department 3,003 kits
Oklahoma City Police Department:  1,593 kits
Remaining 310 agencies:  2,674 kits

Click here to view the detailed report from the Oklahoma Attorney General's office.


An unsubmitted sexual assault kit is a sexual assault kit that has not been submitted to a forensic laboratory for testing and analysis using CODIS-eligible DNA methodologies.


A standard set of materials, such as swabs and tools for collecting blood samples, used to gather forensic evidence from a victim of reported sexual assault and the evidence obtained with such materials. Oklahoma has developed a standardized kit that is used state-wide.


The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Unit is a dedicated Sexual Crimes Unit within the OSBI Investigative Division, focused solely on investigating, assisting with the prosecution, and testing of sexual assault kits for cases identified through the established certified inventory. In addition, this unit participates in a collaborative effort with the medical, law enforcement, and prosecutorial communities to ensure a state-wide, victim-centered approach to sexual assault case investigations and victim notification of the SAKI Project and the resources available.


What if originally I did not want my kit tested, but have decided I now want my kit tested?

Contact the law enforcement agency that took your sexual assault report and let them know you want your kit tested.  The law enforcement agency will then submit your kit to the forensic laboratory for testing. 

What if I have decided I do not want my kit tested?

Contact the law enforcement agency that took your sexual assault report and let them know that you do not want your kit tested.  The law enforcement agency will contact the OSBI and let us know that the kit should not be analyzed.  The kit will still be stored by the law enforcement agency for 50 years. 

How long are SAKs kept?

Oklahoma statute requires kits to be stored for 50 years, whether or not testing has been performed on the kit.

Does the victim’s DNA go into CODIS?

No.  The CODIS database is made up of DNA profiles from individuals convicted of or, in some states, arrested for particular crimes and also includes DNA profiles from crime scene evidence. 

If there is a CODIS hit, will the victim be informed?

The OSBI notifies the law enforcement agency after a hit is confirmed.  Any notification to the victim would come from the law enforcement agency that is handling the investigation. 

What is CODIS?

CODIS is the Combined DNA Index System, a system of national, state, and local databases managed by the FBI that allows forensic laboratories across the country to compare DNA profiles from known criminal offenders with biological evidence from crime scenes. 

What happens if DNA is found in the SAK?

If a DNA profile is obtained, it can be compared to offender profiles in CODIS (the national DNA database). If there is a match, often called a “hit,” the lab will confirm the results and notify the law enforcement department that submitted the evidence. Confirming a match found through a CODIS search can take an additional 15-30 days.  Alternatively, if law enforcement has a suspect and a known DNA sample is submitted from the suspect, a direct comparison between the DNA profile obtained from the SAK and the suspect can be performed. 

How can I find out information on my kit and when it will be worked?

Contact the law enforcement agency that took your sexual assault report to obtain information about your kit.  Oklahoma statute, Title 74-150.5, does not allow the OSBI to share information about a case with anyone other than the submitting law enforcement agency.

Why does it take the OSBI so long to test a SAK?

The amount of time needed to process a SAK can vary widely depending on many factors. Testing a SAK is a multi-step process that includes screening for biological material, extracting DNA from stains or swabs, analyzing the DNA, producing a written report, and reviewing the entire process for errors. Each step is conducted systematically in an effort to avoid mistakes.  Currently, turnaround times at the OSBI forensic laboratory are higher than we would like.  Many factors have contributed to this, but know that the OSBI has created the “Specialized Forensic Biology Unit” whose sole responsibility is to do testing on sexual assault cases.  The OSBI has purchased new instrumentation that will decrease the turnaround time.  This new technology is going through the process of validation.  We plan to begin using it in casework starting in July 2020.  Additionally, five new biologists came on board in early 2020 to assist with sexual assault cases.  While time is needed to ensure they are fully trained, OSBI is working diligently to decrease the amount of time it takes to complete analysis on sexual assault cases. 

How long does it take to test a SAK once it is submitted to the OSBI forensic lab?

Currently, the average time for the OSBI to analyze a SAK and issue a report to law enforcement is 4-6 months.

Are all kits tested by the OSBI?

Oklahoma City and the city of Tulsa maintain their forensic laboratories in their police departments.  If a sexual assault occurs in either of these two cities, the SAK will be sent to their forensic laboratory.  OSBI is responsible for testing all other sexual assault kits.  If a kit has made it to a forensic lab, the sexual assault tracking system ( will show you which laboratory received your kit for testing.

After the kit is collected, what happens to it?

The medical professional will turn the SAK over to the law enforcement agency.  The law enforcement agency will submit the kit to a forensic laboratory if testing is required.