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How To Get a Rhode Island Background Check Report

How To Get a Rhode Island Background Check Report

The  Attorney General's Office is the agency in charge of background checks for the state, and they provide both in-state and federal reports. Requests can be made in-person at their Cranston, RI office or by mail. If the requestor wants a copy of someone else’s report, they need to have a signed authorization form. The cost for a state background report is $5. The price for a national background report is $35. The authorization form must be notarized. Either in person or by mail the requestor must also prove their identity with a valid passport or driver’s license. When ordering by mail, processing will take up to 7 days. Their website also offers information to offenders on how to get their criminal background expunged.

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

 A Rhode Island background check will show primarily personal details and criminal history information. First, things like name, address, age, date of birth and a physical description will be on there. Then each criminal arrest, conviction, and incarceration will be on there as well. 

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

There are many purposes for a background check in RI; the most common is for employment. According to the state law the following types of businesses must use them before hiring new employees: alarm companies, financial industry agents, precious metals, tools and electronic vendors (pawn shops), private security personnel, nursery school operators and employees, child care/day care operators and owners, nurses, adult day care facilities owners and employees, long term care facilities owners and employees, childcare/daycare employees, massage therapists, mental health facilities, adoptive parents, foster parents, firefighter, medical marijuana caregiver, dept. of Child Youth and Families (DCYF) employees, public and private school employees (full time, part time, substitute teacher, school bus drivers, and monitors) and hird-party public and private school vendors.

There are other less formal background reports that include the following information: 

  • 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 public reports are generated from various public and private sources for the purpose of looking up someone’s address or contact information, checking out a new neighbor, date or business partner or looking into a potential new roommate before letting them move in.

RI Criminal Background Checks

Criminal history information in RD is considered confidential and protected by law enforcement. Therefore, employers, professional licensing agencies and individuals can only get a copy of someone’s with a signed, notarized authorization form. 

Gun Background Check

Although Rhode Island is not a point of contact for gun dealers in the state, they can contact the state police for a background report. Private sellers may also use the local police or sheriff’s office to perform an RI background check before selling guns. Otherwise, licensed dealers must comply with federal law and contact the FBI to use NICS for a criminal background check in RI before transferring firearms. Concealed carry permit holders are exempt from a background check when purchasing weapons.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 25,030 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Rhode Island

State# of conducted handgun checks
New Mexico68,549
Kansas65,870
Minnesota62,516
New Hampshire59,794
Montana32,778

States With More Long Gun Checks than Rhode Island

State# of conducted long gun checks
Texas442,626
Washington145,820
Mississippi85,624
Kansas67,465
Alaska33,917

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

Although the state does not allow public access to law enforcement records and criminal histories, the court system does allow public access to criminal cases through their Rhode Island Judiciary Public Portal. This service is free to use, and individuals can look up cases, charges and criminal case dispositions using just the person’s name. 

Employment Protection

During the hiring process, employers cannot ask applicants if they have been arrested or charged with any crimes. They can ask about convictions but only after the first interview and they can just ask about specific crimes, not general criminal history information. The state offers certification for ex-cons that they can use when getting a job. The certificate proves rehabilitation and helps with reentry into society. Employers are also 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 when using background checks during the hiring process.

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 27 victims of online romance scams in Rhode Island, resulting in $0.8 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age GroupCountAmount Loss
Under 20298,219
20 - 2910577,438
30 - 3914057,521
40 - 49107723,271
50 - 5999563,530
Over 601091,242,593
InfoTracer does not compile background information for employment purposes and is not a “consumer reporting agency” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). The reports InfoTracer provides are not "consumer reports" under the FCRA because they are not used or expected to be used or collected in whole or in part for the purpose of serving as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for personal credit or insurance, employment, housing, a government license or benefit, or for any other permissible purpose under the FCRA.