The Department of Public Safety, Criminal Records and Identification (R&I) Bureau is the government agency in charge of background checks and maintaining all criminal record data. According to the Statute AS 12.62.160, they allow individuals to access “criminal justice information,” with a consent form from the subject. The law further dictates how this information may be used for licensing, employers and screening applicants for the care of children and older and disabled adults. They offer both name-searches and fingerprint-based requests. The cost for a name-search is $20 and $35 for fingerprint search. Requests can be made by mail and the results either mailed or faxed back. Extra copies cost $5 each.
Additionally, The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) processes fingerprint-based background checks in accordance with licensing, certification and gun permits for agencies under the authority of the DHSS.
An Alaska background check will show primarily basic personal details and criminal history information. The level of detail depends on who requests the report. If someone asks for a copy of their own, it will include: convictions, current offenses, criminal identification information, non-conviction criminal information (arrests, warrants, etc.), sealed records, correctional treatment information.
If the request comes from an individual or agency, it will include:
All reports will include basic information such as name, address, height, weight, race, age, and gender.
The most common reasons for an Alaska background check are when hiring employees for government jobs, childcare or elderly care facilities. Other purposes are for licensing, certification, insurance, real estate, nursing, bus driving permits, financing, and gun permits.
Other public background checks in Alaska are compiled from public and private sources and have other specified uses such as vetting a new roommate, checking out a potential business partner or carpooling neighbor or just finding a long-lost friend or relative. These types of reports may include:
Marriages and Divorces
Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
Current and Past Addresses
Phone and Email Address
Relatives and Associates
Social Media Accounts and More
An Alaska criminal background check paints a complete picture of someone’s criminal history including arrests, charges, sentencing, prison time and warrant records that are related to them. It may also show sex offenses and terrorist watch activity. Criminal background checks in the state are used widely in licensing, certification and for the employment of government workers.
The state does not require gun dealerships to run a Alaska gun background check when purchasing a firearm. However, gun dealers are required by federal law to contact the FBI and use NCIS to run a federal background check before selling any guns. AK has performed only 71.510 background checks for 2018 for gun purchases. This includes private sales, handguns, rifles, and miscellaneous sales. Background checks for both pistols and long guns were almost equal.
On average 78,761 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
The state has special laws about background checks and criminal history information and who can obtain it and how it may be used. The rules also specify how offenders may get their records corrected or sealed. For national background checks, the state requires fingerprints, and they contact the FBI to obtain the necessary information. Federal background checks are most often used for licensing and certification. In some cases, The state requires certain agencies or types of business to conduct background checks before hiring. When the safety or care of others comes into play, the use of background checks is mandatory.
The state has strict laws on who can obtain criminal background information, but they are one of the few states that do not mandate how it can be used by employers doing the hiring process. However, according to federal law, background checks used for employment must observe both The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for discrimination.
According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use.
In 2017, there have been 46 victims of online romance scams in Alaska, resulting in $0.4 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||137||71,084|
|30 - 39||119||103,409|
|40 - 49||250||157,838|
|50 - 59||529||422,316|