The Bureau of Investigation collects and maintains all criminal history information, and they are the government agency in charge of background checks for the state. They offer them to the public as well as employers and other authorized agents. The fee and level of detail will vary based on state regulations and authorization. Requestors must apply for a KanAccess account before using the online system. Setting up an account costs $20. The system may then be used between the hours of 4:00 AM and Midnight Central Time every day. It is shut down for maintenance between midnight and 4 a.m. Most name-based searches cost $20 each. The system creates a one-time token with every use, and if it goes 30 minutes without any activity, it will log the user out for security purposes. The state has a separate website where the public can look up sex offenders.
An official background check in Kansas will show primarily criminal history information and personal details. For starters, it will include the subject’s name, address, aliases, weight, height, age, date of birth, race, social security number, and gender. Then it will list each of their convictions, both felonies, and misdemeanors as well as arrests, incarcerations, court dispositions, and unresolved issues. Arrests go back 12 months. Arrests that resulted in a not-guilty verdict or that were thrown out will not be on the report. Juvenile records, expunged records, and arrests older than 12 months will also not be on the report.
There are many reasons why companies and individuals use a Kansas background check. They are most often used for employment, sometimes used for tenant screening, credit, and financing, insurance, licensing and for permits and certifications.
Also available are public background reports that aggregate records from many different sources to provide a ton 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 types of background reports can be used to find a long-lost love, check out a potential new roommate, research a business associate, look up a neighbor, find someone’s address or before dating someone new.
The state provides detailed criminal records upon request of a Kansas criminal background check. They will include not only convictions and arrests but also incarcerations, parole, and probation information. The state has a helpful website page that explains how to read a RAP sheet and breaks out each section and details what is contained with it.
KS is not a point of contact for gun dealers in the state. The state does not have a law requiring them to go through the state fora Kansas gun background check before selling firearms to residents. However, all licensed gun dealers are federally mandated to contact the FBI and use NICS to obtain a complete background check before selling any guns to the public. If you have a state permit for firearms, you are exempt from the required background check. Private sales of guns do not require any background checks.
On average 172,047 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
The state is an open records state and allows the general public access to another person’s background report. Depending on who is requesting the level of detail will vary. Authorized agencies and employers will receive more detail than an individual. The basic cost for a search is $20 each. A different approach is being taken to Kansas criminal background checks with employment and instead of protecting the applicants, the state chooses to protect employers and actually encourages the use of them when making hiring decisions.
The Kansas background check law explicitly protects employers instead of employees and encourages companies to require a background check and use them in determining feasibility for employment. However, The Human Rights Commission created a guide for employers called the “Guidelines on Equal Employment Practices: Preventing Discrimination in Hiring” aimed at dissuading employers from asking a potential candidate about their arrests and convictions unless they are directly related to the job. Federal law compels employers to comply with both 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 104 victims of online romance scams in Kansas, resulting in $1.1 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||226||148,485|
|30 - 39||250||808,724|
|40 - 49||212||280,323|
|50 - 59||309||559,178|