The Division of Criminal Investigation is the agency in charge of a Wyoming background check. They require fingerprints to be taken and charge a $15 fee per record. They only supply them to the subject, and it is their responsibility to then provide it to an employer, landlord or whomever they need to for verification. If an FBI/national copy is required, the person must pay an additional $24 for that request plus another $5 for fingerprinting. They only accept money orders, business checks or certified checks for payment and payment must be made out to The Office of the Attorney General. Generally, requests take 5-6 weeks for processing depending on the backlog. Their website also has information on how to apply to get criminal records expunged. Employers can request copies only if they have a person’s fingerprints and a signed consent form from the applicant.
A typical background check in Wyoming will show basic personal details like name, address, date of birth, age, race, gender, height, weight, and other physical descriptors. Plus, it will show all arrests and convictions in the Western Identification Network (WIN) meaning it will include not only state criminal records but also any committed in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The criminal history includes felonies, misdemeanors and may consist of federal records as well.
The many purposes for a WY background check are tenant screening, insurance, employment, volunteering, foster care, adoption, international travel, credit, and finance, licensing, certifications and other official government clearances.
The public can also consult informal background reports online that come from various public and private sources to form a complete background profile for individuals. Some of the information they contain is:
These other background reports are for finding someone online and looking into their public records such as liens, property, and legal status. Sometimes people use them to check out a new neighbor, or when dating or researching a potential business partner.
Juvenile records are automatically deleted when a person turns 18. Therefore, a Wyoming criminal background check will not show any juvenile or expunged records unless the person was convicted of another crime as an adult. The state’s complete Criminal History Records Act has a lot of statues in it and may be reviewed here for more information.
The state has no laws requiring gun dealers to contact them for a state-level background report before selling guns to buyers. However, gun dealers are still bound by federal law and the Brady Act and must contact the FBI to use NICS for a complete background information before selling firearms to anyone. If the resident has a gun permit or license, then they do not have to undergo a background check. Private sales are also not subject to background checks. Wyoming only performed 53,484 background checks during 2018 for the sales of guns.
On average 60,150 gun checks annually are being conducted through NICS in California.
The state law requires caregivers, anyone who works with children or the elderly and emergency personnel (like EMTs and first responders) to undergo a Wyoming background check before being hired. This is to ensure the safety of the people the employee will be serving. Many places that hire volunteers must also check them out before hiring. When applying for a special permit or license, the residents will also first have to have a background check processed.
The state has no specific laws on how employers can use background checks when hiring employees. However, they stipulate that it is legal for an applicant to put down no convictions for records that have been previously sealed or expunged. Although employers are able to use background checks pretty freely in Wyoming, they still must comply with federal law and obey 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 31 victims of online romance scams in Wyoming, resulting in $0.3 million adjusted losses associated with these complaints.
|Age Group||Count||Amount Loss|
|20 - 29||45||60,451|
|30 - 39||64||157,476|
|40 - 49||58||115,950|
|50 - 59||79||549,237|