Get a Background Check

Need a background check? All adult background checks are performed at our Customer Service Center in Cranston.

Attorney General Julius C. Michaelson Customer Service Center

4 Howard Avenue (corner of Pontiac Ave. and Howard Ave.)
Cranston, RI 02920
401-274-4400

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday*
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Fingerprint process stops at 4:00 p.m.)
*Closed on state holidays

Check-in process for in-person transactions

Sign-up to reserve your place in our virtual line.

  • Register online by using text message or QR code provided on signage in our parking lot. After registering, you will receive a welcome text. Please wait for a second text message stating that you should enter the facility.
  • Registration is from 8:30am to 4:15pm. We are only accepting credit and debit at this time (fees apply).
  • This is a walk-in service only, no appointments are accepted.
  • Individuals without access to the internet should call 401-274-4400 and select option 2.
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