Louisiana Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
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How To Get a Louisiana Background Check Report

How To Get a Louisiana Background Check Report

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 check 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 background checks are: 

  • Authorized Agency (backgrounds for non-licensed health care providers only)
  • Board of River Port Pilots
  • Day Cares (facilities caring for six or fewer children)
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Health Care Providers
  • Office of Vital Statistics
  • Public Housing Commission
  • Senate and Governmental Affairs
  • Working with Children”

Individuals can get a copy of their own background check report in person or through the mail.

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

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. 

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

The reasons for using a background check in LA 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: 

  • 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

The purposes for using these types of public 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. 

LA Criminal Background Checks

A state 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. 

Gun Background Check

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 check either for a buyer or seller.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 307,192 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Louisiana

State # of conducted handgun checks
Texas 523,406
Ohio 277,027
Missouri 224,305
Indiana 224,264
Wisconsin 155,441

States With More Long Gun Checks than Louisiana

State # of conducted long gun checks
California 395,145
Ohio 218,183
New York 181,297
Oregon 134,440
Michigan 123,678

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

LA is a closed record state and therefore has strict laws 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. 

Employment Protection

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 check 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.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

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. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 161 victims of online romance scams in Louisiana, resulting in $1.2 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 75 51,889
20 - 29 359 404,670
30 - 39 515 862,402
40 - 49 837 1,438,533
50 - 59 470 2,080,069
Over 60 488 3,488,066

State of Louisiana

State of Louisiana
  • Population: 46.84 million (2017)
  • Area (mi2): 52,378 SQ. MI.
  • GDP (millions of current dollars, 2017): $246,264 Billion
  • College Educated (bach. + masters deg.): 30.20%
  • Capital:Baton Rouge
  • Median Income: $42,196.00

Government Offices

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