The Department of Public Safety is the entity in charge of background checks reports for the state. They have an online system called the Criminal Conviction Record Internet Service (VCCRIS) that individuals, employers, landlords, and companies can use to search for someone’s records online. Each search costs $30 and will return the results instantly, or a “no record found” message. To use the system, requestors must have the person's name, date of birth and a credit card to pay the fee. Records can also be obtained in person and individuals can get a copy of their own by bringing two forms of valid, photo ID to the office. This process can also be completed by mail by downloading the form from their website and mailing it in. For those organizations needing notarized copies, they must order by mail.
A Vermont background report will show personal details along with the subject’s entire criminal history information. Along with the name, date of birth, age, race, gender, height, weight, aliases and address, the report will include arrests, criminal convictions, serious vehicle convictions (after September of 1995), and incarcerations. Arrests that did not result in a conviction will not show up, nor will any juvenile convictions.
The most common reason for a Vermont background check is employment when hiring. Specific types of industries that serve children or vulnerable adults must use caution when hiring and therefore use a background check report before making decisions. Other reasons for background checks are tenant screening, insurance, licensing, adoption, foster care, financing, and credit.
Also available to the public are other background check reports that are informal and include the following types of information:
These reports are used for finding someone’s address or contact information, looking up a neighbor or friend, checking sex offenders in the area, vetting a new roommate or business partner and looking up your own information online.
A Vermont criminal background check will show all criminal history including arrests, charges, convictions, court dispositions and driving crimes (from September 1995) except for juvenile crimes and dropped charges. They are used for a variety of purposes, most often employment.
The state is not a point of contact for gun dealers in the state. Therefore all licensed gun dealers must contact the FBI and use NICS to run a full background check on a buyer before the purchase of any firearms. It also dictates that private sales be conducted through a licensed dealer to ensure the background check law is also performed. The state processed only 37,821 Vermont gun background checks for 2018. Of those 16,912 were for handguns, 17,874 were for long guns, and only two were for permits.
On average 41,550 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
Vermont allows the public to search for and review someone’s background report. They also have laws requiring specific types of businesses and employers to use background checks when hiring. These types of agencies generally need a notarized version. Some example of these would be: - personal review, international adoption, licensing, employment, housing, governor’s pardon, civil court proceeding, child custody,
As of July 2017, Vermont became a ban-the-box state and prohibits employers from asking about arrests and criminal history during the hiring process until after they have been interviewed or have been extended a conditional job offer. Even after that, employers may only disqualify someone based on criminal convictions if it would affect their ability to do the job and they must allow the applicant to explain the criminal offense. Employers are also subject to federal laws 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.
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 30 victims of online romance scams in Vermont, resulting in $0.3 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||56||24,225|
|30 - 39||51||29,113|
|40 - 49||44||398,328|
|50 - 59||76||50,524|