The State Bureau of Investigation is the government entity in charge of an Oklahoma background check. Per the Open Records Act, Title 51 § 24.A.5.2, the state allows public access to criminal history information as long as the requestor has the subject’s name and date of birth. They recommend using additional information for searches such as aliases, social security number and other identifiers for a perfect match. To request records, users must fill out a form and submit a payment of $15 per search. They charge an additional $2 to check the sex offender registry. Requests can be made by fax, mail or in person. If a fingerprint search is needed, an additional $19 fee must be paid and a fingerprint card included with the application form. For an extra two dollars, they will check with the department of corrections to see if the person was tagged a “violent offender.”
An Oklahoma background check shows primarily criminal history information and personal details. The subject’s name, address, age, date of birth, race, height, weight and other physical descriptors will be on there. Then their entire criminal history including convictions, arrests, warrants, felonies, misdemeanors, incarcerations, parole and probation details. Along with this, the report will include court dispositions.
The state employers, state and other government agencies use background checks before hiring, licensing and issuing permits. Private companies also use them to vet new employees. Other purposes for them are insurance, credit and financing, adoption, foster care and hiring for jobs where the safety or care of others will be in the job duties.
Other less formal reports out of a background check in Oklahoma exist online for the public to search for long-lost friends or family, check out a new potential business partner or vendor, before dating, or to check yourself out online to see what comes up. These reports will 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
Public access to a Oklahoma criminal background check is allowed by fax, mail and in person. However, companies and other state agencies who process 50 or more per month are allowed to register for and use Automated Criminal History System (ACHS) and run them online.
The State Bureau of Investigation also offers information on their website about expungement and instructions so someone can have their criminal history corrected if it includes errors.
The state does not have any laws requiring gun dealers to perform a state-level background check before selling firearms in the state. They are not a point of contact, and therefore gun dealers must contact the FBI and use NICS for a federal background check before selling guns to any patrons. Oklahoma has processed more than 291,692 for this year alone to buy guns. Of those, 119,766 were for handguns; only 9,142 were for permits, and 97,485 were for long gun purchases.
On average 332,291 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
Per the Open Records Act, Title 51 § 24.A.5.2, public access is granted to background reports and criminal histories. The state makes it easy to request and obtain information on anyone with criminal activity in the state. All that is needed is a form filled out and payment of a fee.
There are Oklahoma background check laws prohibiting employers from asking applicants and employees about sealed or expunged records. If they do ask, the applicant can refuse to divulge any information about those records. Employers, in turn, do not have the right to deny employment based on them not providing the information. Other than that, employers can use background checks in their hiring process; however, they see fit. Employers are also subject to two federal laws when using background checks, 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 an OK 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 177 victims of online romance scams in Oklahoma, resulting in $2.3 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||306||442,484|
|30 - 39||777||610,723|
|40 - 49||355||1,640,237|
|50 - 59||372||2,478,109|