Oregon Background Check

Criminal Records, Arrests, Marriages & Divorces, Contact Info, Social Accounts, Photos and Much More!
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How To Get a Oregon Background Check Report

How To Get a Oregon Background Check Report

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. 

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

When requesting a background check 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.

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

The most common purpose for an OR 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:

  • Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • Bankruptcy Filings          
  • Legal Judgments
  • Liens.  

  • Birth Records

  • Marriages and Divorces 

  • Property Records

  • Auto, Vessel, Aircraft Ownership

  • Current and Past Addresses

  • Phone and Email Address

  • Professional Licenses

  • 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. 

OR Criminal Background Checks

The State Police handle criminal information through the Criminal Justice Information Services division. They provide records to the general public and individuals who want their own records. These records can be used by the individual to prove to a potential employer or licensing agency that their criminal history is clean.

Gun Background Check

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 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.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 359,682 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Oregon

State # of conducted handgun checks
Florida 590,140
Pennsylvania 534,653
Illinois 259,554
Virginia 253,744
Colorado 216,617

States With More Long Gun Checks than Oregon

State # of conducted long gun checks
Texas 442,626
Missouri 194,982
Colorado 169,293
Pennsylvania 165,494
Wisconsin 153,810

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

OR has strict laws 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.

Employment Protection When Using Background Reports

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.

Public Background Check Reports Usage

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. 

Online Romance Scam Statistics

In 2017, there have been 204 victims of online romance scams in Oregon, resulting in $1.5 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 83 114,264
20 - 29 343 676,888
30 - 39 508 934,831
40 - 49 556 3,197,120
50 - 59 519 1,930,649
Over 60 713 2,527,258
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