The state Background Check Unit (BCU) is the government agency in charge of background checks for the state. They provide them to agencies associated with DHS and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) for employment, registration, licensing and certification. Only authorized agents can use their The Criminal Records Information Management System (CRIMS).
However, the Oregon Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) division offers public access to criminal history information. Any individual can use this process to get a copy of their own complete record by filling out a form, getting fingerprinted and paying the $33 fee. Records obtained on someone else will be limited. When requesting a record for another person, the requestor must have the person’s name, date of birth and last known address. This is a name-based search and only costs $10 per report.
When requesting a background check in Oregon on someone else, the report will show arrests and convictions less than one year old. The state lists each event with: the date of arrest, the offense for which arrest was made, the arresting agency, the court of origin, all dispositions, including sentence, imposed, date of parole if any and parole revocations if any.
If there is no record, the requestor will receive notice of that as well.
The most common purpose for an Oregon background check is employment. The state requires many types of businesses to use background checks to ensure the safety of children or adults in schools or care facilities. They are also used for adoption, foster care, international travel, insurance, licensing, registration, certification and security clearances.
Also available to the public are online background reports that aggregate information from many public and private sources to produce reports with information such as:
Marriages and Divorces
Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership
Current and Past Addresses
Phone and Email Address
Relatives and Associates
Social Media Accounts and More
These informal reports are used for things like vetting a new roommate, business partner or potential mate. They can also be useful in looking up a property, assets, or finding contact information on someone. They can also be used to find out what information is out there on you.
The Oregon state police background check provide records to the general public and individuals who want their own records. The State Police handle criminal information through the Criminal Justice Information Services division. These records can be used by the individual to prove to a potential employer or licensing agency that their criminal history is clean.
OR is a point of contact in the state, and so gun dealers must call the Department of State Police (DSP) to request a background check before the sale of any firearms in the state. The background report will include mental health records as well. Usually, they only take about 30 minutes for a reply. Private sales also must undergo a full Oregon gun background check before the sale. The state has completed 323,466 background checks so far this year. Of those, 149,226 were for handguns, 114,350 were for long guns, and 57,125 were for permits.
On average 359,682 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
Oregon background check laws are very stricy about hiring anyone with a criminal record to work with children, the elderly, disabled people or mentally ill adults. Per ORS 443.004, they require that background checks be performed before hiring anyone. They also govern how private (non-state) employers can use background and criminal information during the hiring process.
Oregon is a state that observes the ban-the-box law which prevents employers from asking about anyone’s criminal history before an interview. In cases where there is no interview, the question cannot be proposed until a conditional job offer is made. Additionally, the state does not allow employers to deny a job to someone with an expunged juvenile record; it is perceived as discrimination. Employers are also federally mandated to 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 204 victims of online romance scams in Oregon, resulting in $1.5 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||343||676,888|
|30 - 39||508||934,831|
|40 - 49||556||3,197,120|
|50 - 59||519||1,930,649|