Maine Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
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.

How To Get a Maine Background Check Report

How To Get a Maine Background Check Report

The State Police, State Bureau of Identification is the state agency that handles background checks for the public. They provide information through their online portal called “InforME “ via name-searches. Requestors must have the name and date of birth of the subject. Subscribers pay a fee of $21 per search. Non-subscribers pay a fee of $31 per search, and out-of-state users will also pay $31 per search. If the person requesting records wants them notarized, that will cost an additional $10 for each record. If the search yields no results, the user will get a "No Match was Found for your Request” message. Government agencies who request background checks do not pay any fees as long as the purpose is not for licensing.
The state also allows individuals to get a copy of their own background report and contest any errors and also apply to get their records expunged if they are eligible.

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

An official Maine background check will show the person’s entire criminal history including juvenile records, adult convictions, and incarcerations. Criminal records will include felonies and misdemeanors along with warrants, arrests and any pending cases less than a year old. Federal records will not be included. Only Class A, Class B or Class C juvenile offenses will appear on the report. Along with the criminal data, they will also include personal details like name, address, height, weight, age, date of birth, race, gender, and social security number. 

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

There are many purposes someone needs a background check in ME. Some of the reasons for a request are for licensing, certifications, security clearances, adoption, foster care, insurance, credit and financing, and employment. 
There are also public background reports available that have different purposes such as finding a long-lost relative or friend, checking out a new roommate, neighbor or business associate or finding someone’s contact information. Those types of reports are compiled from many public and private sources, and they will contain the information 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

ME Criminal Background Checks

Maine criminal background checks include both adult and juvenile information from “state law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, courts, and correctional facilities.” They offer two types of reports, a name-based search or fingerprint-based search. Fingerprint results are returned through the mail. For name-based searches, requestors can use the online website. Reports are comprehensive including pending cases less than a year old. However, name-based searches are less accurate, and the state highly recommends a fingerprint-based search for a pinpoint match. 

Gun Background Check

ME is not a point of contact for gun dealers in the state. They have no laws requiring a background check before selling firearms in the state. Therefore all gun dealers must contact the FBI and use NICS to obtain a background report to comply with federal laws. Private sales are not regulated and do not need a background check either. Only 84,011 background checks have been performed in Maine for 2018. Of those, 33,267 were for handguns, 35,492 were for long guns, and 6,850 was for permits.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 93,360 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Maine

State # of conducted handgun checks
Pennsylvania 534,653
New York 108,936
Alabama 84,187
New Mexico 68,549
Nevada 54,925

States With More Long Gun Checks than Maine

State # of conducted long gun checks
Florida 278,908
Wisconsin 153,810
Oregon 134,440
Kentucky 100,470
New Mexico 54,022

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

The state allows employers, agencies, government entities, and the general public to access background reports pretty freely. Accordingly, they do not have laws protecting applicants or dictating how an employer can use a background check during the hiring process. 

Employment Protection

Although ME has no formal laws regarding how employers can use a background check during the hiring process, the Human Rights Commission issued a “Pre-Employment Inquiry Guide,” to help steer employers clear of any race discrimination issues when asking about arrests and convictions. Employers are still subject to the federal laws of The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect applicants from discrimination and protect the accuracy of information.

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 44 victims of online romance scams in Maine, resulting in $0.2 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 21 13,634
20 - 29 88 41,903
30 - 39 94 155,316
40 - 49 103 104,332
50 - 59 108 231,394
Over 60 149 455,125
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.