Public Access to Criminal History Information
Non-law enforcement, non-criminal justice agencies and individuals may receive records maintained by the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) through the methods outlined below. This service is often used to conduct background checks for licensing and employment screening. It also provides criminal background checks for personal inquiries.
Idaho code 67-3008 (6) states "A person or private agency, or public agency, other than the department, shall not disseminate criminal history record information obtained from the department to a person or agency that is not a criminal justice agency or a court without a signed release of the subject of record or unless otherwise provided by law."
Information on how to obtain a fingerprint based check of a person against the fingerprint database.
Information on how to obtain a non-fingerprint non-certified based check, based solely on the information provided in the name based check request.
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The Idaho State Police (ISP), Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), has established a program pursuant to the National Child Protection Act to permit qualified entities to submit fingerprint cards on employees and volunteers to receive state and federal criminal history information, in order to promote a broader exchange of criminal history information for purposes of assisting entities that provide care, treatment, education, training, instruction, supervision or recreation to children, the elderly or individuals with disabilities. The state and national criminal history record checks can help screen volunteers and employees associated with these entities and could help prevent the abuse of those served by the entities.
NonCriminal Justice Agency's (NCJA) Nationwide Check Privacy Right Information
In the Fall of 2010, the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council approved a motion for the FBI CJIS Division staff to create documents for agencies to inform civil applicants of their rights to challenge, update or correct their criminal history records. The requirements for NCJA's and Applicant's Rights are explained in the following documents.
Idaho will require the NCJAs to provide the NONCRIMINAL JUSTICE APPLICANT (NCJA) PRIVACY STATEMENT to any applicant submitting for a fingerprint-based background check under an approved state statute, local ordinance or federal authority for licensure, employment or other civil purposes. Further, the agencies who request state and federal criminal history record information through fingerprint submission will be required to obtain the applicant's signature on the form and keep the original document on file for auditing purposes. The applicant should be given a copy of the form if requested. The documented is provided below. Agencies will need to insert their agency name and download the form.
Electronic Fingerprint Submissions
We accept electronic civil fingerprint card submissions from agencies authorized to submit fingerprint cards for criminal history nationwide checks. If your agency would like to begin submitting electronic fingerprint cards, please contact:
- Name Based Criminal Background Check Form (pdf)
- Fingerprint Based Criminal Background Check Form (pdf)
- Retired Law Enforcement Form (pdf)
- Vendor Information Form (doc)