The Department of Public Safety is the government agency in charge of background checks in Nevada. They only allow individuals to request a copy of their own background check report. When requesting, the person must fill out form DPS-006 and submit it with a fingerprint card as proof of identity. They must also pay $23.50 per copy. Someone may also authorize another person to get a copy of their records for employment or other purposes. The state allows background records to be used for the following purposes:
Some criminal court records are publicly accessible.
A background check in Nevada will show basic information and a full criminal history including arrests, warrants, convictions, and incarcerations. A state of Nevada background check will also show the person’s name, address, race, age, date of birth, gender, and physical description.
The most common reason for a NV background report is for employment. They require dozens of types of businesses to perform them before hiring. They disallow the hiring of anyone with serious felony convictions in roles where the safety or care of others is part of the job.
Also available are public background reports that are pulled from many public and private sources to create comprehensive profiles to use before dating someone new, when finding an old friend online, before going into business with a new partner, looking up a neighbor or potential roommate. Those types of reports contain:
Marriages and Divorces
Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
Current and Past Addresses
Phone and Email Address
Relatives and Associates
Social Media Accounts and More
A Nevada criminal background check contains someone’s entire criminal history including misdemeanors, felonies, and severe driving offenses. It will also show sex offenses and any incarcerations including parole or probation sentencing.
Due to its Brady Point of Sale program, gun dealers must contact the NV Department of Public Safety (NDPS) for a Nevada gun background check before selling to the public. The state is a point of contact for gun dealers rather than the FBI. The NDPS uses NICS for processing criminal records. The only exception for needing a background report are citizens with a license or permit to carry. Nevada performed 129,622 background checks so far in 2018. Of those, 26,831 were for permits, 57,524 were for handguns, and 32,903 were for long guns.
On average 127,434 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
NV requires certain businesses to perform background checks when hiring new employees. They insist that employers use their Automated Background Check System (NABS) to conduct searches. Employers must get authorization from the applicant first. The following types of businesses are required by law to perform background checks: an agency to provide personal care services in the home, an agency to provide nursing in the home, a facility for intermediate care, a facility for skilled nursing, residential facility for groups, homes for individual residential care, long term acute care hospitals, a program of hospice care, nursing pools, a facility for the care of adults during the day, a facility for hospice care, a distinct part skilled nursing of a hospital, a hospital that provides swing-bed services as described in 42 CFR §482.58 , medical facilities such as hospitals that provide residential services to children, facility for the treatment of abuse of alcohol or drugs that provide residential services to children, psychiatric residential treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals that provide inpatient or residential services to children, community health worker pool, peer support recovery organization, employment agencies that contract with persons to provide non-medical services related to elderly persons or persons with disabilities in the home.
Nevada background check laws are strict on what information can be obtained and used by employers in the hiring process. For instance, only current convictions for which the employee or applicant is still on probation or parole can be used. The employer must get the applicants consent before requesting a copy of their criminal history. Employers cannot use or review any Nevada arrest records in a background check. The only exception to these rules is when hiring for a casino. Two federal laws also mandate employers, and they are The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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.
In 2017, there have been 226 victims of online romance scams in Nevada, resulting in $3.1 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||601||1,885,496|
|30 - 39||845||1,930,820|
|40 - 49||682||2,352,531|
|50 - 59||690||3,953,718|