Maryland Background Check

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

How To Get a Maryland Background Check Report

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is the entity in charge of background checks for the state. However, per their website “The State Security and Privacy Act and the Code of Annotated Regulations (COMAR) prohibit backgrounds checks being performed on citizens without proper authorization.” Therefore, individuals can only get them for themselves or for an employer who requires one. They have a few options and prices range from $18 - $37.25 for a complete state and federal background check. There is also an additional $20 fee to be fingerprinted as all background checks are processed this way. Employers and other organizations can request copies but only with proper consent from the subject. Requests can be made via fax or through the mail.

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

A Maryland background check will show primarily criminal history information along with personal details. Things like name, address, social security number, race, gender, and physical description will be on there. Along with the basic information, there will be arrests, warrants, convictions, felonies, misdemeanors, and incarcerations. 

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

There are many reasons for a MD background check. Some state services require employees to undergo a background check before hiring. Some of the types of businesses are childcare, adult care, medical facilities, legal services, government positions, insurance, credit and financing, and others.
The general public also has access to public background reports available online that aggregate a lot of information from public and private sources. These types of reports are for informal purposes such as before dating someone new, before going into business with a stranger, finding someone’s contact information, checking out a new neighbor or vetting a roommate. Some of the information contained within public reports is:

  • 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

MD Criminal Background Checks

Maryland criminal background checks are provided only to authorized personnel, and the state version will show specific convictions, arrests, warrants, and incarcerations, the federal one will not explain each crime. Additionally, some types of businesses are required to process a background check when hiring. Types that must follow this rule are:

  • Adult Dependent Care
  • Attorney/Client - If the individual is not the attorney's client, the attorney must have a court-ordered subpoena issued by a state court.
  • Criminal Justice
  • Child Care
  • Government Employment - Federal, State, and local
  • The State Government license - For example, taxicabs, Racing Commission, or Liquor Boards
  • The State Police License - For example, gun license, private detectives, and special police
  • Public Housing

Gun Background Check

The Secretary of the State Police (“Secretary”) is a partial point of contact for gun dealers in the state. Before selling any firearms in the state, the gun dealer must have the buyer fill out an application. The application will be processed through the State Police after a thorough background check is performed. The background check will contain mental health records, and anyone with a previous diagnosis or hospitalization will be denied. Private sales are regulated and must be handled by a licensed gun dealer following the same process above. A total 137,219 background checks were performed so far in 2018.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 151,470 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Maryland

State # of conducted handgun checks
Florida 590,140
Tennessee 290,067
Oregon 166,211
Mississippi 95,091
Arkansas 66,321

States With More Long Gun Checks than Maryland

State # of conducted long gun checks
California 395,145
Florida 278,908
North Carolina 160,388
West Virginia 78,023
Kansas 67,465

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

State's Security and Privacy Act and the Code of Annotated Regulations protect the privacy of individuals and does not allow the general public or anyone else a copy of someone’s background report without authorization. Additionally, MD has strict laws about how an employer can use a background check when making a hiring decision. 

Employment Protection

The state law explicitly prohibits employers from asking potential candidates about their expunged criminal history records. Additionally, the Office of Fair Practices has created a guide for employers titled “Guidelines for Pre-Employment Inquiries Technical Assistance Guide,” to help them make sound decisions when hiring and using background checks. The guide is to prevent discrimination issues. In it, they urge employers to steer clear of asking about criminal convictions unless they directly affect the position in question. Employers must also follow both The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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 261 victims of online romance scams in Maryland, resulting in $6.0 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 181 608,566
20 - 29 745 782,095
30 - 39 838 1,258,136
40 - 49 768 8,506,127
50 - 59 868 5,155,139
Over 60 983 8,862,035

State of Maryland

State of Maryland
  • Population: 60.52 million (2017)
  • Area (mi2): 12,406 SQ. MI.
  • GDP (millions of current dollars, 2017): $393,632 Billion
  • College Educated (bach. + masters deg.): 55.20%
  • Capital:Annapolis
  • Median Income: $73,594.00

Government Offices

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