The Attorney General’s Office does not supply background check reports, but they do provide criminal history reports to “state agencies and professional licensing boards.” These records are provided via a fingerprint or name search. The requestor must also have the person’s name, maiden name, aliases, date of birth and social security number or fingerprints along with their current address and an authorization form. Each search costs $15 each. Non-profit organizations get a discount and pay only $5 per record. The forms can be downloaded from their website. Processing time usually takes between 7-10 business days. They do offer expedited service if the person requesting sends in the payment and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. For federal criminal background checks, requestors need to contact the FBI directly.
A North Dakota criminal background check will show convictions regardless of when they took place. It will also show charges (three years old or less) that were dismissed, did not result in a conviction or there was no court disposition. Even deferred charges that were dismissed will continue to show on the report for three years. It will also show jail or prison time, probation and parole for incidents less than three years old.
If the search yields no results the user will get a message saying, "No information is available either because no information exists, or dissemination is prohibited."
The reasons someone would need a background report in ND is for employment, official state and government purposes, licensing and certifications. They are also used for adoption, hiring school employees, foster care, insurance, credit, and financing.
What's also available, is a ND background check pulled from many different sources to provide a lot of useful information. Some of what is contained in those are:
Marriages and Divorces
Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
Current and Past Addresses
Phone and Email Address
Relatives and Associates
Social Media Accounts and More
North Dakota criminal background checks are considered private except to authorized agencies and licensing officials. The state does not provide them to the general public. However, the public does have access to criminal court records through their Public Data Access website called the Courts Records Inquiry(NDCRI) system. There is no charge to search for records, and it is available 24-hours a day.
ND is not a point of contact for gun dealers in the state, and they have no law requiring state-level background information before purchasing guns. Licensed gun dealers are still subject to federal laws and must contact the FBI to use NICS for a background check before selling any firearms in the state. However, citizens with permits to carry and own guns are exempt from the background check. Private sales are free from background checks as well. The state has processed only 56,529 background checks in the state for gun purchases in 2018. Of that total, 16,479 were for handguns, and 27,939 were for long guns.
On average 62,334 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
North Dakota’s criminal records are subject to various state and federal laws. Therefore, they provide a comprehensive resource call the NonCriminal Justice Agency Guide, for organizations who need the information to help them with access, use, handling, dissemination, and destruction of the records.
The state does not govern how employers can use criminal background information in their hiring process. Other than sealed and expunged records, everything else is fair game. Arrest records older than three years may have been removed. North Dakota allows employers to use the information however they need when hiring new employees or on existing employees. Employers are, however, subject to two federal laws 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 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 28 victims of online romance scams in North Dakota, resulting in $0.4 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||65||37,779|
|30 - 39||59||42,054|
|40 - 49||44||1,025,361|
|50 - 59||60||251,377|