The State Police is the government agency in charge of background checks for the state. However, according to RS 15:587, LA is a closed record state and therefore they only provide them to authorized users. State background reports cost $26 each and employers may use their online system after registration. Name-based searches take about 24-hours, and fingerprint-based searches take 15-21 days. Requestors must have the person’s first and last name, date of birth, social security number, race, and gender.
The State Police cannot provide background reports for “immigration, litigations, residential/apartments, out of state housing authority, work visa or for personal use.”
The types of employers who are authorized to use the system and obtain a Louisiana state background check are:
Individuals can get a copy of their own background report in person or through the mail.
Louisiana background reports are limited to basic details and criminal record information. Each record will show the person’s full name, aliases, address, gender, race, height, weight, date of birth and social security number. Then the report will list each arrest, warrant, conviction (felonies and misdemeanors), incarceration and traffic violations. Parole and probation will also be shown if applicable.
The reasons for using a background check in Louisiana are mainly for employment, licensing, certification, credit/financing, and insurance. Many types of employers are authorized for obtaining criminal history information before hiring someone.
The public also has access to less formal background reports that come from public and private sources and contain some of the information listed below:
Marriages and Divorces
Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
Current and Past Addresses
Phone and Email Address
Relatives and Associates
Social Media Accounts and More
The purposes for using these types of public Louisiana background checks are for looking someone up before dating, going into business with them, or carpooling, vetting a new roommate or checking out your own online profile and history.
A Louisiana criminal background check is performed by the State Police and provided only to authorized personnel and users who have set up an account. They have the ability to process requests via a name-search or fingerprints and have specific forms for different purposes should the user make a request through the mail.
The state does not require gun dealers to initiate a state-level background check before selling firearms in the state to buyers. However, all licensed gun dealers are still subject to federal law that requires them to contact the FBI and use NICS to run a full background check on every person wanting to purchase a gun. Residents with concealed carry permits are exempt from having a background check performed before purchase. Additionally, private sales do not require a background report either for a buyer or seller.
On average 307,192 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
Louisiana background check laws are strict prohibiting the personal use of someone’s background information. The state does, however, allow specific types of business and industries to use them in the hiring decision or certification and for licenses.
In some instances, state mandates that employers use criminal background checks before hiring for jobs like insurance, security or other safety-related positions. However, they do not have any laws restricting how employers may use a background report during the hiring process. Employers in the state are federally liable to follow both The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in regards to accuracy and discrimination when using background checks for the purpose of employment.
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 161 victims of online romance scams in Louisiana, resulting in $1.2 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||359||404,670|
|30 - 39||515||862,402|
|40 - 49||837||1,438,533|
|50 - 59||470||2,080,069|