The State Police Bureau of Identification is the government agency in charge of background checks information and issuing reports to the public. They have a form on their website (DPS-0846-C) that can be used to request both a name-based search or fingerprint search. The cost to verify whether or not someone has a criminal record is $30. This type of report will not contain any data. The cost for a full background report is $75. The fee for fingerprinting at an approved vendor is $15. The requestor will need the full name and date of birth for the subject of the report. It is helpful to list aliases of the subject as well. Requests can be made by mail and fees paid with a check.
As listed on their website this process is “not to be used for Visas, Foreign Adoption, Immigration, etc.” Instead, the "Letter of Good Conduct Form" must be used.
An official Connecticut background check will show all criminal activity including convictions for felonies and misdemeanors along with any pending arrests, warrants, charges, court records, fees, fines, and other unresolved issues.
State companies and individuals have many reasons for doing a background check in CT on someone. Most often employers want to know more about potential candidates. Other purposes are for tenant screening, licensing and certifications, the hiring of domestic workers or someone who will care for children or elderly adults. Official state background checks are also used for lending, insurance, and permits.
Public background reports are compiled from public and private sources and contain a lot of helpful information such as:
Marriages and Divorces
Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
Current and Past Addresses
Phone and Email Address
Relatives and Associates
Social Media Accounts and More
These informal background reports are used for vetting a potential roommate, finding a long-lost friend or relative, checking out a potential business partner or date and for looking up someone’s contact information.
The State Police handles all criminal background checks, and individuals can contact them for information on how to obtain one. The Judicial Branch Law Library contains a lot of helpful links on how companies can legally use background information and what to do if someone is illegally denied work because of something in their background report.
CT is a point of contact for gun dealers, and they must contact the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (“DESPP”) to run a full CT criminal background check before selling a firearm to anyone. Private sales are, and the seller must have the buyer fill out an application and go through a background check and then wait two weeks before transfer. Gun background checks also apply to gun shows.The state has issued 181,779 background checks so far this year for gun purchase. A good number of them (71,853) were for handguns. Another 21,856 were for long guns, and 77,904 were for permits.
On average 177,690 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
In most cases, Connecticut background laws pertain to employment. However, the state also has strict rules about consumer reporting agencies and criminal records. These agencies are required to verify the accuracy of the information contained in their reports and notify each applicant of when and who was provided with a copy of their criminal record.
As of 2017, the state implemented the ban-the-box law that prohibits employers of any size from asking about criminal history until a job offer has been made or during an interview. There are two exceptions to this rule: one if the employer is governmentally mandated to perform a CT background check, and two if the job includes handling large quantities of money.
Additionally, employers are prohibited from not hiring anyone based on information about arrests or charges that were dropped, sealed or pardoned.
Federal law dictates that anyone using a background report for employment must 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 129 victims of online romance scams in Connecticut, resulting in $1.8 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||318||215,249|
|30 - 39||365||676,676|
|40 - 49||402||1,217,075|
|50 - 59||427||2,049,395|