The Department of Public Safety Bureau of Investigation is the government agency in charge of a background check in Colorado, and they maintain the central repository for all criminal records. This system offers limited background information for the general public. The state has partnered with Logikco LLC., to provide this service to the individuals and organizations. Regular users can set up an account for faster service. Every search costs a non-refundable fee of $6.85. When searching the user will need at least the person’s first and last name and date of birth. Additionally, they can search using a social security number or IDT number.
Colorado also offers the Applicant Background Service (CABS) website for vendors, employers, licensing authorities and other authorized users to obtain background checks. Users must select their reason for the request then use the chosen vendor and pay the required fee. Fees vary from service to service. Their list is extensive and covers everything from childcare, foster care, and housing to a Colorado background check before taking the bar exam.
Background check reports from the Internet Criminal History Check System (ICHC) system will include only arrest records based on fingerprints. Sealed records, juvenile records, and warrant information will not be included, along with sex offenses. The local police have information on sex offenders. Criminal records will consist of arrests for felonies and misdemeanors, convictions and incarceration information.
There are dozens of reasons for performing a CO background check. Some of the reasons listed on their CABS service are before adoption, working in childcare, schools, government jobs, EMT work, HUD, foster care, liquor and marijuana licensing, DMV services, nursing and security guard services. The CABS service offers a tailored, official report for any of these purposes.
Less formal public background reports are used for different purposes such as finding a long-lost friend or distant relative, before dating someone new, before going into business with an associate or looking up your own online public records. Some of the information contained in these reports sourced from public and private files are:
Marriages and Divorces
Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
Current and Past Addresses
Phone and Email Address
Relatives and Associates
Social Media Accounts and More
A Colorado criminal background check focuses on someone’s criminal history and case-related documents like police reports, court summons and RAP sheets. Criminal checks are most often used in employment, government jobs, and security clearance and sometimes for property rentals. They are also used when applying for a gun permit from the state.
The state is a point of contact for gun dealers in the state, and the Bureau of Investigation (CBI) performs all Colorado gun background checks before someone can purchase a firearm in the state. Licensed dealers are required to contact CBI when transferring any guns including private sales. When performing a CBI background check, a fee for every background report will be charged. The background report must conform to federal gun regulations as well. So far this year, the state has initiated 496,995 background reports for people wanting to purchase firearms. Almost half of those (46%) were for handguns. Only 33% were for long guns and the rest for permits.
On average 524,770 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
Colorado requires many types of companies including daycares, schools, mental health facilities and senior care centers to perform background checks on potential employees. If they fail to do so, there are stiff legal consequences should anything negative occur as a result of not performing one.
The Colorado background check laws also protect job applicants from the misuse of background checks during the hiring process.
State employers cannot ask applicants about sealed records or any arrests that did not lead to a plea or conviction. The state requires employers to get an applicant’s signature before performing a Colorado criminal background check on them and report any negative findings back to the candidate. Federal regulations also mandate that they comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for accuracy and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prevent 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 299 victims of online romance scams in Colorado, resulting in $3.9 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||658||6,879,724|
|30 - 39||850||4,923,556|
|40 - 49||823||3,234,900|
|50 - 59||849||7,328,412|