District Of Columbia Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
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How To Get a District Of Columbia Background Check Report

How To Get a District Of Columbia Background Check Report

The Metropolitan Police Department is the agency in charge of background check reports and “police clearances” for the state. They provide information to the general public upon request. Individuals must complete a PD Form 70 (Criminal History Request), and results are usually available within 24 hours after submission. If someone is requesting a copy of another person’s background report, they need to have authorization from the subject. The cost for each request is $7, and processing can take up to 10 days. When making a request, individuals need proof of their identities such as a driver’s license or birth certificate. They also must be 18 years or older to make a request. The Metropolitan Police Department also offers offenders the ability to apply for sealing or expungement of previous criminal records information.
Out-of-state residents may request a copy using a notarized form by mail. They must include the following information: 

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Self-addressed Stamped Envelope
  • $7 Money Order payable to the state Treasurer (Checks Not Accepted)

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

A Washington D.C. background check will show primarily personal details along with criminal history. They go back only ten years so anything older than that will not show up on the record. Only convictions for felonies and misdemeanors will be on there, along with incarcerations, arrests, warrants, parole, and probation information. Along with the criminal information, basic details like name, address, height, weight, age, race and gender will also show up.

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

Some of the reasons why someone needs a District of Columbia background check are for licensing, registration, certifications, employment screening, tenant screening, adoption, license to drive a taxicab or overseas travel. 
Additionally available are public background check reports aggregated from various public and private sources that contain a lot of useful information such as: 

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • Bankruptcy Filings          
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens 

  • Birth Records

  • Marriages and Divorces 

  • Property Records

  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership

  • Current and Past Addresses

  • Phone and Email Address

  • Professional Licenses

  • Relatives and Associates

  • Social Media Accounts and More

These public background reports are used for informal purposes such as finding a long-lost relative, before dating, to check out a potential business partner, neighbor, roommate or a new friend.

DC Criminal Background Checks

As of March 1, 2011, Washington D.C. requires anyone applying for licensing, registration or certification and anyone applying to renew a license, registration or certification must obtain a State and FBI criminal background check first. The report will go back seven years and is processed through fingerprints using LiveScan. 

Gun Background Check

Washington D.C. has no laws requiring a state-level background check before someone purchases a firearm. Therefore, gun dealers must obey federal law and contact the FBI to use NICS to obtain a federal background check before selling a gun to anyone in the state. However, local police chiefs do run background checks for gun permits. Private sales are subject to regulation, and the seller must have a registration certificate before transferring their weapon to the buyer. A tiny number (1,540) of background checks for D.C. have been completed this year.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 3,244 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than District Of Columbia

State # of conducted handgun checks
Arizona 147,612
New York 108,936
Maryland 52,671
New Jersey 51,074
Montana 32,778

States With More Long Gun Checks than District Of Columbia

State # of conducted long gun checks
Texas 442,626
Wisconsin 153,810
Alabama 96,701
New Mexico 54,022
New Hampshire 39,762

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

In many cases when residents apply for licensing or certification, they are required by DC law first to undergo a background check. Other rules about background checks mostly involve employment. Employers with 11 or more employees must observe the ban-the-box law.

Employment Protection

The state observes the “ban-the-box” rule and mandates through the Fair Criminal Records Screening Amendment Act that all employers wait to process a background check until the end of the hiring process. Additionally, employers are prohibited from asking about criminal convictions until after a conditional job offer has been made. Even after they find out about convictions, they cannot unilaterally dismiss the candidate; they must consider many factors and follow state law. Employers that use background checks are also required by federal law to obey The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a background check report, the information cannot legally be used to determine credit, employment, tenant screening or any other eligibility requirements for business or professional use. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 23 victims of online romance scams in District Of Columbia, resulting in $0.0 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 24 14,172
20 - 29 157 116,299
30 - 39 204 167,502
40 - 49 137 237,845
50 - 59 88 729,322
Over 60 133 530,889
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