National Background Checks
There are a growing number of Rhode Island laws that require individuals to provide a fingerprint-based national background for purposes of employment, operating a business or serving as a caregiver. Each statute dictates where individuals may obtain the national background checks: the Office of Attorney General, the Rhode Island State Police, and/or your local police department.
Starting July 23, 2018, national background checks performed by the Office of Attorney General will ONLY be available at our new Customer Service Center, located at 4 Howard Avenue, Cranston (in the Pastore Complex). Prior to July 23rd, please visit our office at 150 South Main Street, Providence for state and/or background checks. For questions, please call 401-274-4400.
Must obtain national background check at Office of Attorney General
• Alarm companies
• Financial industry agents
• Private Security Personnel*
• Precious metals, tools and electronic vendors (pawn shops)
• Pre-school operators and employees
• 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
Must obtain national background check at the Rhode Island State Police or your local police department:
• Child care/day care employees
• Massage Therapists
• Mental health facilities
• Adoptive parents
• Foster parents
Must obtain national background check at the Office of Attorney General, Rhode Island State Police or local police department:
• 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)
• Third party public and private school vendors
Must obtain a national background check at the Office of Attorney General or Rhode Island State Police:
• Rhode Island Lottery employees, including Newport Grand and Twin River employees and vendors
(*) indicates national AND state background checks is required by law
General Rules of Thumb:
To obtain a national background check through the Office of Attorney General, individuals must read and complete the following forms (to save time, we suggest you print and complete prior to arrival at the Office of Attorney General):
• Fingerprint Form
Please bring any additional paperwork required by statute or employer with you. Be sure to bring valid identification. Examples of acceptable identification include:
• Valid state issued driver’s license
• Valid state issued identification card
• Valid United States passport
Effective March 14, 2016, all Long Term Care Applicants seeking employment at one of the following Long Term Care Program Types:
Adult Day Care Program
Assisted Living Residence
Home Care Provider
Home Nursing Care Provider
LTC Hospital- (Eleanor Slater Hospital)
Nursing Service Agency
MUST be registered by the place of potential employment and present our office with the letter of eligibility with the registration number in order to be fingerprinted for the national background check.
A national background check costs $35. If your employer requires a national background check AND a state background check, the cost is $40. Check, money order, or credit cards accepted (cash not accepted). Please make check out to “BCI.”
Please note: a processing fee of two percent plus 50 cents will be charged per credit card transaction.
How it Works:
Upon arrival to the Office of Attorney General, a trained and certified fingerprint technician will take your fingerprints using one of the LiveScan fingerprint machines. Your fingerprints are sent electronically to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
An FBI-generated criminal background report is sent back to the Office of Attorney General. Once received, the fingerprint technician will review the information and submit an email to the employer/state agency indicating if a “disqualifying offense” is found or not on the national criminal background report. (Please note: the “disqualifying offense” is not specified in the letter to the employer or state agency.)
If a “disqualifying offense” is found on the person’s record, a letter is sent to the individual informing them of the offense, and upon request, may receive a copy of their criminal background report in person.
Out of State:
If you live out of state and require a national background check, please download and complete the forms below and submit with your fingerprints to the Office of Attorney General.
• BCI fingerprint disclaimer
• Certification of fingerprints
• Fingerprinting form