The Criminal Justice Data Center is the agency in charge of background checks for the state. These reports are also referred to as “Police Clearance” or “Police Abstract.” The reports will include adult only criminal conviction information and personal details. The general public can visit one of the five police locations for copies of someone’s criminal history report, or they can use the online Adult Criminal Conviction Information (eCrim) website to access publicly available information. They can also order through the mail.
Searches cost $30 each and require at least the name and date of birth. They highly recommend the use of social security number data also. Individuals and companies can also order copies through the mail. Searches can be done by name or fingerprints. The cost of a fingerprint search is $35. The report can also be certified for an additional $20. Individuals can get a copy of their own report for $15.
A background check in Hawaii shows primarily criminal history information along with personal details. General criminal information such as arrests, warrants, convictions, and incarcerations will be included along with personal information such as name, address, aliases, height, weight, race, gender, age and date of birth. Arrests and charges that did not result in a conviction will not be included. Any pending arrests and juvenile records are considered confidential and not supplied to the public.
According to the Criminal Justice Center “arrest records which have resulted in convictions (found guilty), or acquittals or dismissals by reason of physical or mental disease, disorder or defect, under Chapter 704, HRS, are considered public record.” They offer three different methods of obtaining criminal information, via the mail, in person or through their Adult Criminal Conviction Information (eCrim) website. All adult criminal information will be included. Generally, arrests, warrants, incarcerations, convictions of felonies and misdemeanor will be included along with personal details like name, address, social security number, and physical description.
Anyone who wants to buy a gun in HI must first obtain a permit. During the licensing process, local police will perform a complete criminal background check in Hawaii for eligibility. The police will also consult mental health records as part of the process. The permit to purchase a handgun is only good for ten days and one year for long guns. Anyone who does not pass must be reported to the Attorney General’s office and cannot purchase firearms. Anyone convicted of domestic abuse or with a protective order against them is in illegible to buy a gun in the state. Only 12,742 background checks have been performed in the state.
On average 14,088 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
The state provides public access to background check information, so therefore their laws governing use pertain mostly to employment. Their rules on how an employer can use criminal history information is quite strict.
HI law prevents employers from using a person’s criminal records when hiring them. Basically, they consider arrests and convictions to be the same as gender, race and or disability and prohibits discrimination because of them. This law applies to hiring, firing, compensation and any other conditions of the employment contract. Only after the job offer has been made, may the employer ask about convictions and only if they would affect the person’s ability to perform the job can they rescind the offer. Expunged and 10-year old convictions are off the table. All employers must comply with federal regulations as well when using background checks such as 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 check 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 60 victims of online romance scams in Hawaii, resulting in $0.8 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||231||359,418|
|30 - 39||339||484,113|
|40 - 49||331||367,811|
|50 - 59||423||516,090|