The Georgia Bureau of Investigation provides a lot of helpful information about official state background reports. They recommend visiting the Sheriff’s office or police departments to get records. According to O.C.G.A. §35-3-34 (d.2), The state allows public access to felony records without the subject’s consent. They have a specific website that individuals can use to do a search and get copies for $15 each. The state also allows anyone to obtain a copy of their own background check report and correct errors or apply for expungement of records.
Employers, licensing authorities and government agencies can contact local law enforcement for name-based searches or use the Applicant Processing Service (GAPS) to search using fingerprints.
An official state background report will show the person’s name, age, date of birth, social security number, race, gender, height, weight, and other physical descriptors. The report will also show the person’s entire criminal history except for “juvenile, restricted and sealed records.” This history may include arrests, the arresting agency, the date of arrest, the charges filed, court dispositions including any fines, fees or other payments, the prosecuting attorney, incarcerations, and parole or probation information.
Records provided for employment with criminal justice agencies will include restricted and sealed records but not juvenile. Regular employment requests will not include these additional details.
There are many reasons why an individual or agency might need to perform a background check in Georgia. Most often employers want to review someone’s criminal history before hiring them. Other reasons include tenant screening, before licensing or offering permits to individuals, government security clearances, before lending money or offering financing or allowing someone to purchase insurance.
GA public background reports are sourced from public and private records and contain a lot of useful information. They may be used for informal purposes like vetting a new roommate, checking out a neighbor or co-worker, finding someone you lost track of or making sure your new business partner is who they claim to be. Some of the details you will see on a public background report are:
The state allows public access to criminal records regarding felonies without consent. To perform a criminal background check in GA for employment, licensing or other purposes, a signed consent is required from the person in question. .
Georgia used to be a point of contact for gun dealers and up until 2005, they had to contact the Bureau of Investigation for background checks before selling firearms. However, it repealed that law, and now gun dealers must obey federal law and contact the FBI to use NICS to run a GA background check for all gun sales in the state. Residents with a gun permit are exempt from having a background check performed. In Georgia, private sales are not subject to background checks as well.
On average 549,532 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
Georgia background check laws most often pertain to employment. The state has a first offender law that states that “probation following a first offense is not considered a conviction.” That means that an employer must disregard first offenses that resulted in just probation when the probation period has been completed. The governemnt protects applicants in this way and with other discrimination laws.
An official criminal background report for the purpose of employment does not include restricted or juvenile records. Employers may not disqualify applicants who are first offenders who were sentenced to probation after they were charged. Georgia employers who decide not to hire someone after consulting their criminal record must inform the applicant as to why and how it affected their decision. Federal law requires all state employers to comply with both The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when using background information for employment.
According to The Fair Credit Reporting Act, when using sites like InfoTracer to obtain a GA 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 294 victims of online romance scams in Georgia, resulting in $9.9 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||919||1,033,597|
|30 - 39||1,072||7,321,399|
|40 - 49||1,281||5,804,211|
|50 - 59||1,019||5,315,324|