By performing a West Virginia background check, general public background reports are offered on individuals but only with a signed authorization form. According to state law, The State Police provides them using the IndentGO system for the use of “Pre-Employment, Housing, Licensing/Certification, and Personal Information.” They do not offer an online portal or any options for obtaining a background check reports in person or by mail. They do provide a toll-free number for any questions. They suggest interested parties contact IdentGO directly to start the process.
A West Virginia state police background check is thorough and will include personal details such as name, address, date of birth, age, gender, race, height, weight, aliases, photographs, and fingerprints. Additionally, it will include criminal history information such as arrests, warrants, convictions, charges, felonies, misdemeanors, court dispositions, and incarcerations.
Some of the purposes for a WV background check are pre-employment screening, professional licensing or certifications, security clearances, insurance, financing, tenant screening, and insurance.
Other less formal background reports exist online for people to use to find someone they lost track of, check out a new business partner, date or neighbor. They can also be used to find the owner of a property or examine your own public records. These records contain information like:
West Virginia criminal background checks are not limited because they require the signed consent of the subject. Therefore, anyone with the person’s fingerprints and signed consent can view their entire criminal file including aliases, mug shots and details of each crime. Criminal background checks are used most often when hiring for positions where the care and safety of others is part of the job.
The state does not allow anyone who has committed a crime within the past year to purchase a gun. They also have strict limitations on anyone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, mentally impaired, has been convicted of domestic abuse or is an illegal alien. Aside from that, gun dealers in the state must comply with federal laws and contact the FBI to use NICS to run a full WV gun background check before selling anyone a firearm. The state has completed 216,892 background checks so far this year. Of those, 65,846 were for handguns, 65,486 were for long guns, and we’re for permits.
On average 241,678 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
According to state's Code §49-2B-8 specific agencies and organizations in charge of the welfare of children or vulnerable adults must use background checks using WV background check laws when hiring. Some examples of these are:
Although West Virginia has no laws directly regulating how employers can use background checks when hiring employees, they did publish a guide called the Pre-employment Inquiries Technical Assistance Guide. This guide is to help employers steer clear of discrimination, and they strongly suggest only asking about criminal convictions that relate to the job in question. They also dissuade against asking about expunged records. Employers are also governed 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.
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 96 victims of online romance scams in West Virginia, resulting in $0.4 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||122||74,065|
|30 - 39||155||157,926|
|40 - 49||170||290,151|
|50 - 59||177||261,625|