The Metropolitan Police Department is the agency in charge of background 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:
A Washington DC 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.
Some of the reasons why someone needs a District of Columbia background report are for licensing, registration, certifications, employment screening, tenant screening, adoption, license to drive a taxicab or overseas travel.
Additionally available are public background reports aggregated from various public and private sources that contain a lot of useful 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 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.
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 background check in DC first. The report will go back seven years and is processed through fingerprints using LiveScan.
Washington D.C. has no laws requiring a state-level background report before someone purchases a firearm. Therefore, gun dealers must obey federal law and contact the FBI to use NICS to obtain a federal background report before selling a gun to anyone in the state. However, local police chiefs usually run a DC police background check 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 in DC have been completed this year.
On average 3,244 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
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.
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.
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 23 victims of online romance scams in District Of Columbia, resulting in $0.0 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||157||116,299|
|30 - 39||204||167,502|
|40 - 49||137||237,845|
|50 - 59||88||729,322|