Wisconsin Background Check

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

How To Get a Wisconsin Background Check Report

The Department of Justice Crime Information Bureau (CIB) is the agency in charge of background checks for the state. They allow the general public to access criminal records and background checks through their Online Record Check System (WORCS). Most requests are processed through a name search, but they also maintain fingerprint records. Each name search costs $7 per record. If the system cannot find a match, the user will receive a “No Record Found” message. Frequent users can set up an account so they can purchase multiple reports at once. On their website, they have a warning to employers on how to use background checks when hiring. They also include information to applicants on how to challenge a background report or anything contained in it that is incorrect. 

What Does a Background Check Show?

What Does a Background Check Show?

A Wisconsin background check will be detailed with personal information like name, address, aliases, gender, race, height, weight, age, date of birth and other details. Then the report will include all arrests, charges, prosecutions, court findings, sentences, incarcerations, parole, probation and any details related to criminal convictions and holdings. These items are compiled from law enforcement agencies, the court system and the department of corrections.

Purpose and Reasons

Purpose and Reasons

The purposes for a WI background check are for employment, tenant screening, licensing, certifications, insurance, credit, and financial interests and security clearances.
Also available to the general public are background reports that are compiled from many public and private sources to bring together a package of information that includes:

  • 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 types of reports are used for informal lookups such as checking on a neighbor or business partner, a new roommate or potential date. Individuals can also use them to find a long-lost friend, look up their own information or check the sex offender registry. 

WI Criminal Background Checks

The Department of Justice maintains the state's criminal history database that contains all records compiled from the courts, law enforcement agencies throughout the state and the department of corrections for a complete view of someone’s entire criminal history. They provide the information via name-search to the public. Due to strict discrimination laws, employers are urged to use fingerprint-based requests for a perfect match so they can be sure they are using the correct information when hiring. 

Gun Background Check

Wisconsin is a partial point of contact for handgun sales, and therefore gun dealers must contact the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to perform a background check before selling to buyers. For the sale of the long guns, gun dealers must comply with federal laws and contact the FBI to use NICS to run a full background check before selling anyone a firearm. Wisconsin has completed 408,948 background checks so far this year for the sale of guns.

Gun Checks & Gun-Related Death Rate

On average 452,520 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.

State Firearms Background Checks Initiated Through the NICS

States With More Handgun Checks than Wisconsin

State # of conducted handgun checks
Texas 523,406
Virginia 253,744
Indiana 224,264
Colorado 216,617
Georgia 157,027

States With More Long Gun Checks than Wisconsin

State # of conducted long gun checks
Texas 442,626
Ohio 218,183
New York 181,297
Colorado 169,293
Pennsylvania 165,494

Background Check Laws

Background Check Laws

The state is pretty open with background checks to the public and allows them to be used for tenant screening, business transactions, credit or financing, and other personal purposes, but they are very strict in how employers can use them. They are widely used in the state, and for 2017, they processed more than 900,000 public access background checks. 

Employment Protection

It is illegal in Wisconsin for employers to discriminate based on an applicant’s criminal history. Employers cannot ask about anyone’s arrests unless they are pending. Only if the arrest or conviction directly relates to the job they are being hired for can an employer choose to disregard the person due to the criminal information. Additionally, state's Department of Workforce Development issued a guide called Fair Hiring and Avoiding Discriminatory Interview Questions to help employers when using background checks in their hiring process. Employers are also subject to 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 check 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 216 victims of online romance scams in Wisconsin, resulting in $1.9 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.

Victims by Age Group

Age Group Count Amount Loss
Under 20 99 48,664
20 - 29 482 522,406
30 - 39 480 1,152,665
40 - 49 487 1,767,060
50 - 59 2,108 2,749,776
Over 60 613 3,268,963
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