Fingerprinting/Criminal Conviction Record Check – Connecticut

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FINGERPRINTING/CRIMINAL CONVICTION RECORD CHECK-CONNECTICUT

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WHAT IS A CRIMINAL CONVICTION RECORD CHECK?

Also known as a criminal background check or criminal history, a criminal conviction record check is a search of an individual’s history of any convictions under Connecticut law for felony, misdemeanor, and motor vehicle convictions.

WHAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED TO CONDUCT A RECORD CHECK?

Name and date of birth are needed; a Social Security number will also help in the search.

WHAT AGENCY DOES THE CONNECTICUT CRIMINAL CONVICTION RECORD CHECK?

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection – State Police Bureau of Identification (SPBI) conducts all criminal conviction record checks for convictions under Connecticut law. Local police departments will refer all requests to this agency.

WHAT PROFESSIONS REQUIRE FINGERPRINTING AND A CRIMINAL CONVICTION RECORD CHECK?

Required:

Criminal record checks and fingerprinting are required of people seeking the following types of employment, see Connecticut Office of Legislative Research (OLR) Report, 2009-R-0344

Optional:

 Private employers have the discretion to require applicants to have fingerprinting and criminal record checks

HOW DO YOU REQUEST A CRIMINAL CONVICTION RECORD CHECK?

On the SPBI website, you can print a copy of DPS-846-C Form “State of Connecticut Criminal History Request Form”, or you may call SPBI and request the form be mailed to you. Complete the form and return it BY U.S. MAIL ONLY, with a check with the specified amount listed on the form. The bureau will return the results to you by U.S. MAIL ONLY.

HOW DO YOU HAVE FINGERPRINTING DONE?

Usually, the employer will make arrangements for applicants to be fingerprinted. If the employer does not take care of this, job applicants can contact SPBI, or the local police, for information on how to have their fingerprints taken and checked.

Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries webpage on Connecticut Law About Criminal Records, see: http://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/law/criminal.htm

TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE: Search by service name: Employment Related Fingerprinting

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SOURCES: Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police, Bureau of Identification
Connecticut General Assembly, Office of Legislative Research Report #2009-R-0344
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: September2016