the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) is the agency in charge of providing Idaho background checks for “Non-law enforcement, non-criminal justice agencies, and individuals.” However according to code 67-3008 (6), "A person or private agency, or public agency, other than the department, shall not disseminate criminal history record information obtained from the department to a person or agency that is not a criminal justice agency or a court without a signed release of the subject of record or unless otherwise provided by law."
Companies or individuals can request a copy of someone else’s background report, but they must have a signed consent form. Searches can be name-based or fingerprint-based. The cost for a regular background check is $65. They also offer enhanced background checks which review child protective service records in all states for the past five years.
A formal Idaho background check will focus on criminal history information, and in some cases go more in-depth to provide information on abuse and child protective service information. Basic details like name, address, aliases, height, weight, age, gender, and race will also be included. Criminal activity such as arrests, warrants, and convictions of both felonies and misdemeanors will show as well.
Some of the purposes of a background check in Idaho are adoption, employment for state-run childcare or adult care facilities, mental health services, medical positions, tenant-screening, licensing, certification, for credit and financing as well as other things.
In addition to official background checks, there are also public record reports available that are pulled from public and private sources that include a lot of helpful information. These can be used for things like finding a long-lost friend, checking out a potential business partner, date or roommate and even to check out your own information. These reports include 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
A criminal background check in Idaho is provided by the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) via name or fingerprint-based searches. The state requires the government, and employers in charge of the care or safety of others to use background checks when hiring employees. ID provides a walk-in service, or criminal history can be obtained through the mail. Their website has a list of FAQs to help navigate the process.
The state is not a point of contact and does not require gun dealers to contact the state for a background information before selling firearms to residents. However, all gun dealers in the state are still subject to the federal Brady Law and must contact the FBI to run a full background record through NICS before selling any guns to someone in the state. Private sales of firearms are not subject to a background check. For 2018, 182,099 background checks have been performed. Sixty-five thousand five hundred thirty-three were for permits, 44,939 for handguns and 55,018 for long guns and rifles.
On average 207,320 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
The state law requires that anyone requesting a copy of someone ’s background report, get a consent form from them first. Many industries and job positions require an enhanced background information when applying. Some examples are:
Although the state does not have any specific laws dictating how employers can use background information during the hiring process, the Human Rights Commission has created a guide to help companies comply with federal accuracy and discrimination laws. Employers are also expected to follow federal laws The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when using a background check before hiring someone for a position with the company.
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 73 victims of online romance scams in Idaho, resulting in $1.5 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||131||89,952|
|30 - 39||173||128,590|
|40 - 49||155||1,286,008|
|50 - 59||174||261,008|