The State Police maintain the central repository of background and criminal information in their Official State Online Criminal Background Check System. Only authorized personnel has access to this system, and anyone requesting a copy for someone else needs a signed authorization form from the subject. Authorized employers include any type of business that is in charge of the welfare of children or older adults. Other examples of authorized agents would be employers for finance or technology, adoption services, mental health providers, schools, medical facilities, and a state or government agency. Federal records may also be accessed through fingerprints. A name-based state background report costs $22, and a federal fingerprint-based report costs $14.25.
Additionally, agencies in charge of public housing or professional licenses and certification can also obtain copies of someone’s background report before making a decision. Only authorized agencies and those mandated by law to perform background checks may use this system, and they must have a signed consent form.
An official Arkansas background check will show someone’s felony and misdemeanor convictions, pending arrests for felonies (within the past three years) and sex offenses. However, the report will not show misdemeanors pending in court records, arrests that were dismissed or found not guilty or any traffic records or violations. These records are available to law enforcement agencies, however.
There are many purposes for an Arkansas state background check, and in some cases, the state mandates they be used before hiring employees for the care of children, mentally ill and older adults, in high-level financial jobs or tech positions, schools, and state employees. They are also used for tenant screening, before lending money and issuing licenses or certification.
Public background reports are compiled using private and public records sources and include a lot of helpful information such as:
These types of informal background reports are used for roommate screening, looking up someone’s contact information, checking out a blind date, or before going into business with someone new.
The State Police maintains all criminal background records and authorizes public access to documents that fall under the Freedom of Information Act. However, only government agencies can use fingerprints for a background check in Arkansas. The state requires written consent from the subject before running a background check on someone. Criminal background checks are subject to state laws regarding access to specific criminal records. An Arkansas criminal background check is used for employment, government access, licensing and private parties when leasing a property to a new tenant or hiring someone to care for family members.
Although the Arkansas background check laws do not require to do one when someone purchases a firearm, they do process one when you apply for a concealed carry permit. Licensed gun dealers are required by federal law to contact the FBI and use their NICS system to run a full background check on anyone wishing to purchase a gun in the state. Private sales are not regulated and do not require a background report. The state performed 222,167 background checks for firearms this year. Of those, about half were for handguns and the other half for long guns.
On average 248,439 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
According to Act 1185 of 2015, codified at Ark. Code Ann. § 12-12-1501 et seq., The state allows the general public access to limited criminal records through their Criminal History (ARCH) system. Each search costs $24, and the user must include first and last name, along with the date of birth and gender.
Arkansas considers the misuse of criminal history and background information to be a Class A misdemeanor offense.
The federal government requires that all background checks used for employment comply with both the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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 121 victims of online romance scams in Arkansas, resulting in $1.2 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||217||135,867|
|30 - 39||274||475,627|
|40 - 49||276||418,304|
|50 - 59||261||1,084,795|