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How To Get a Kentucky Background Check Report

How To Get a Kentucky Background Check Report

The State Police is the agency who's in charge of a Kentucky background check. Currently, however, they do not have an online system for processing search requests. They must be made by mail, and they take about ten business days for results. They have specific forms for each purpose, and users must download the correct form. PDF versions are available for each of these purposes: 

  • Employment
  • Commercial Guide License
  • Adoption/Foster Care
  • Minors (someone who will supervise underaged children)
  • Long-Term Care Facility
  • Childcare
  • Emigration
  • Fire/Ambulance Service/Rescue Squad
  • Housing
  • Secondary Metal Recyclers

Requestors need to send a $20 fee along with two self-addressed, stamped envelopes along with their completed request. Each form must be witnessed as well. 
The State Police also has an area on their website where individuals can look up the sex offender registry for free and search for Kentucky state police background checks.

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

Official KY background checks show primarily criminal history information and basic details about the subject. Information like name, date of birth, address, age, race, gender, social security number, and physical description is included. Also included will be conviction information for felonies and misdemeanors, arrests, warrants, and incarcerations. Misdemeanor and traffic offenses for the past five years will show up on the report along with felonies dating back to 1978.

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

There are various purposes that companies and individuals use background reports in Kentucky. Some reasons are employment, adoption and foster care, fish and game licenses, schools, childcare, and adult care facilities, emergency services, housing, credit and financing, insurance and certifications. Many employers are urged to use a background check in KY to screen potential candidates to keep their patrons and employees safe. 
Also available to the general public are informal background reports which are pulled from many public and private sources and provide things like: 

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • Bankruptcy Filings          
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens 

  • Birth Records

  • Marriages and Divorces 

  • Property Records

  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership

  • Current and Past Addresses

  • Phone and Email Address

  • Professional Licenses

  • Relatives and Associates

  • Social Media Accounts and More

These types of reports are useful for checking into a new neighbor, business partner, or potential mate. They can also be used to look up your own information or find address information for someone else.

KY Criminal Background Checks

Criminal records in KY are public records, and anyone can request another person’s report. The only exclusions will be juvenile cases, mental health cases, and domestic violence cases. The state has specific forms for different industries and purposes. Requestors of a criminal backgroound check in Kentucky must use the proper form when submitting a search request. 

Gun Background Check

The state has no law that requires gun dealers in the state to contact them for a background report before selling firearms to patrons. The state is not a point of contact for gun dealers. However, they still have to comply with federal laws and contact the FBI and use NICS to run a full Kentycky state background check complete with mental health history before selling guns to their customers. Concealed carry weapon permit holders are exempt from having a background check performed. Private sales are unregulated and do not require a background check either.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 4,912,441 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Kentucky

State# of conducted handgun checks
Virginia253,744
Indiana224,264
Washington202,826
Oregon166,211
Georgia157,027

States With More Long Gun Checks than Kentucky

State# of conducted long gun checks
Texas442,626
California395,145
Indiana160,386
Washington145,820
Georgia116,120

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

Kentucky background check laws are pretty lax in regard to who can request a copy of someone’s background, how they can use it and decisions made with the information. Kentucky’s laws pertaining to employment and background checks are pretty limited citing only the use of expunged records as being prohibited. 

Employment Protection

Other than excluding expunged records, The state allows employers to use conviction and arrest information in their hiring decisions. The state does not have any specific laws dictating how background checks are used during the interview process. Employers in the state are still required to follow federal regulations regarding the use of background checks in employment. The two primary laws they must follow are The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Employers should also be careful that any decisions made do not cross over into discrimination. 

Public Background Check Reports Usage

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. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 190 victims of online romance scams in Kentucky, resulting in $1.3 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age GroupCountAmount Loss
Under 208465,152
20 - 29339383,052
30 - 39438772,937
40 - 49408959,973
50 - 594081,063,642
Over 604732,620,242
InfoTracer does not compile background information for employment purposes and is not a “consumer reporting agency” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). The reports InfoTracer provides are not "consumer reports" under the FCRA because they are not used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, a government license or benefit, or for any other permissible purpose under the FCRA.