The state Department of Safety, Division of State Police is the entity in charge of background check information for the state. They provide reports for both criminal justice and non-criminal purposes. The state is a closed record state and per Revised Statute Annotated (RSA) 106-B: 14, and Administrative Rule Saf-C 5700, no one can obtain a copy of someone else’s background record without their written consent. Anyone can request a copy of their own records. Requestors may apply in person or through the mail. They must pay a $25 fee per search. Volunteers working for authorized organizations will pay only $10. A combined state and FBI record is available for $48.25. NH has an authorization form on their website that users can download. The state uses LiveScan as their fingerprint vendor.
A New Hampshire background check shows primarily criminal history information along with personal details. First, they will show the person’s name, address, date of birth, gender, race, height, weight and other physical descriptors. Then the report will detail the person’s criminal history including arrests, warrants, convictions, and incarcerations.
However, reports used for non-criminal purposes will only include convictions. Criminal justice reports used in law enforcement will consist of non-convictions, court dispositions, and criminal history convictions.
There are various reasons to do a NH background check. The most common is for employment as the state requires many types of businesses to use them when hiring new employees. Other purposes are for insurance, housing, financing, and credit, along with licensing and certifications.
Third-party vendors also offer informative public background reports that come from various public and private sources to include the following information:
Marriages and Divorces
Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
Current and Past Addresses
Phone and Email Address
Relatives and Associates
Social Media Accounts and More
These types of reports are used for vetting new roommates, new business partners, and potential dates. They can also be used to find someone or their contact information or look up your own records to see what information shows up.
An NH criminal background check will include a person’s entire criminal history. However, depending on the use, the report may show all arrests and warrants or only those that led to a conviction. In some cases, charges that were dropped will not show up on the report.
The state is a partial point of contact for gun dealers in the state. For the sale of handguns only, gun dealers have to contact the Department of Safety (“DOS”) to run a NH gun background check using NICS. For the sale of long guns, gun dealers must contact the FBI and use NICS . Private sales are not regulated and do not require a record check. So far in 2018, New Hampshire has processed 129,090 background reports for the purchase of firearms. The majority (62,280) were for handguns, 36,962 were for long guns and 26,602 for permits.
On average 120,889 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
The state requires that many businesses run a full state and federal background check before hiring someone. Some examples are banks and credit unions, adoption or foster care agencies, medical and therapy providers, lottery and gaming commissions and all state and government-run organizations such as schools, mental health facilities and adult care organizations.
The state law requires employers to ask about criminal history using wording that is as close to this as possible: “Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime that has not been annulled by a court?” Other than that, NH does not govern how employers can use the information contained within a background check to influence their hiring decisions. Employers are, however, still bound by federal law and must comply with both 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 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 60 victims of online romance scams in New Hampshire, resulting in $0.6 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||90||41,935|
|30 - 39||116||754,830|
|40 - 49||116||664,368|
|50 - 59||190||616,634|