A background check in Indiana and criminal history information are being considered as confidential. Therefore, they do not allow public access to someone’s background information. However, the state does allow individuals to get a copy of their own background report for purposes of licensing, employment or certification. The individual must pay the fee of $36.95. Background checks are processed through fingerprints unless there is a problem with those, then a name search can be used but might delay the results for up to six weeks. Generally, results are returned between 72-96 hours after submission. Out-of-state requests may take up to 10 days. The state also offers limited criminal histories for anyone below the age of 18.
An Indiana background check will not show juvenile records of any type. They will focus primarily on criminal history information and personal details. According to the State Police, a limited criminal history report will contain “Any Misdemeanor & Felony arrests that are less than one year old, and any Misdemeanor & Felony arrests over one-year-old that have rendered a disposition from the courts. Record results identify the accused, summarizes names, aliases, arrest dates, charges, and dispositions. “
There are many reasons for an IN background check to be performed. The most common is for licensure of the following types of positions: acupuncture, therapist, addiction counselor, mental health counselor, associate advanced practice nurse, nurse midwife, anesthesiologist, ssistant occupational therapist , appraiser, optometrist, audiologist , osteopathic physician, social worker, pharmacist, residential appraiser, chiropractor, physical therapist, dental hygienist podiatrist, dentist, private investigator, registered veterinary technician, security guard, speech pathologist etc.
There are also public background reports that individuals and companies can use for more informal purposes like looking up address and contact information, researching someone’s background before buying something from them, dating them, or going into business with them. Vetting a new roommate is also a reason to use these types of reports. Some of the information contained within them will be:
Marriages and Divorces
Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
Current and Past Addresses
Phone and Email Address
Relatives and Associates
Social Media Accounts and More
The use of an Indiana criminal background check is prohibited. The state does require them for many types of licensing, certification and employment within state-run facilities, however. Anyone applying for a license in a medical field, child or adult care services, real estate, property management or the legal field will be required to submit to a full Indiana state police background check as part of the process.
Even though IN is not a point of contact for NICS, they do require all gun dealers to contact the FBI for an Indiana gun background check before selling firearms to buyers. In doing so, they are also complying with federal law. The state has no laws requiring private sellers to conduct a background check before selling or transferring ownership of guns within the state. There have been 830,357 background checks performed during 2018. Two hundred forty-nine thousand one hundred twenty-seven were for handguns, 156,718 were for long guns, and 389,171 were for permits.
On average 896,148 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
Most of the laws pertaining to background checks in Indiana are in regard to employment. They do not permit anyone to request a personal copy of someone’s background report for uses other than what they deem legally allowable.
According to the state law, applicants who have a criminal record that has been sealed or expunged do not have to disclose that to employers. They do not have to check the box saying they have a criminal history. Additionally, employers cannot ask job candidates if they have sealed or expunged records. Other than that, IN does not limit how an employer can use a background check during the screening process. Employers in the state are, however, subject to two federal laws governing how they can use background checks when hiring employees. The Indiana background check laws are 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 247 victims of online romance scams in Indiana, resulting in $2.8 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||533||572,912|
|30 - 39||741||555,228|
|40 - 49||565||2,430,822|
|50 - 59||623||3,064,755|