What is a bci report

what is a bci report

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All BCI records are confidential law enforcement documents. However, these records may be released according to state and federal statute for specified purposes.

Mobile Background Check Services

To assist individuals in obtaining the required criminal background checks mandated by law, Attorney General Kilmartin is again offering background check services at several locations across the state throughout August.

In addition to the regular hours of operation for BCI at the Office of Attorney General in Providence, mobile background check services at different locations will be available to any individual who is required by statute or policy to have a national or state background check.

Individuals seeking a national background check must bring positive proof of ID, such as a valid driver’s license, state-issued ID or passport, as well as the appropriate paperwork to be submitted to the employer or agency. Payment must be a check or money order only. Checks should be made out to “BCI.” The cost for a national criminal background check is $35.

Individuals seeking a state criminal background check must bring positive proof of ID, such as a valid driver’s license, state-issued ID or passport. The cost for a state-only criminal background check is $5. Payment must be a check or money order only. Checks should be made out to “BCI.” The state criminal background check will be mailed to the individual.

For any questions, please call the Office of Attorney General at 401-274-4400 and ask for BCI.

Rhode Island General Laws chapter 12-1.5-1. et. seq. requires the collection of a DNA sample, upon arrest, from an adult who has been arrested of a crime of violence.

Section 12-1.5-13 provides for the expungement of the DNA sample upon exoneration or a conviction of a lesser offense. The expungement process is detailed below.

Expungement by Prosecuting Agency

If an individual:

• Is acquitted of the charges requiring them to provide a DNA sample;

• Is convicted of a lesser offense that does not require DNA submission, the person’s DNA sample shall be expunged from the DNA database.

Within thirty (30) days of acquittal, the prosecuting agency shall notify the DOH of the acquittal and within thirty (30) days of notification, DOH shall destroy the person’s DNA record and notify the individual of the destruction.

Expungement by Individual who Provided Sample

If an individual:

• Completes a diversion program;

• A deferred sentence; or

• Is granted a pardon.

The individual’s DNA sample must be expunged from the DNA database upon court order.

• An individual seeking an expungement in this scenario must file a motion for expungement with the Court with appropriate jurisdiction.

• The motion for expungement of the DNA sample must be served on both, the Attorney General and the arresting law enforcement agency, ten (10) days prior to the expungement hearing.

• The court must order expungement if court finds that the person has completed a diversion program, a deferred sentence or was granted a pardon.

An expungement shall not be granted where the person has a prior conviction or a pending arrest that required the submission of a DNA sample.

Background Checks

Due to increased security measures in both the private and public sectors, the need for state criminal background check, or “BCI” as it is commonly referred to, continues to rise. A BCI is performed using the person’s name and date of birth and is only conducted within the State of Rhode Island. A BCI will not indicate if you have an out-of-state criminal offense.

Cost:

A BCI costs $5. Check or money order only. Please make check out to “BCI.”

In person:

Appear at the BCI window with a valid form of identification and a check or money order for $5 made out to “BCI.” Examples of acceptable identification include:
  • Valid state issued driver’s license
  • Valid state issued identification card
  • Valid United States passport

Please Note: One state background check per person at the BCI window. If you require state background checks for multiple individuals, please consider sending in the mail. Otherwise, you will be required to drop them off to be picked up when completed by BCI staff.

By Mail:
  • A signed and notarized release form (download here ).
  • A copy of a valid form of photo identification. Examples of acceptable identification include:
    • Valid state issued driver’s license
    • Valid state issued identification card
    • Valid United States passport
  • Check or money order for $5.00, payable to “BCI”
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope for return
Please allow seven (7) business days for return For Third Party:
  • A release to the third-party (Signed by the third-party and notarized). Please click here for the release. If you are a company, please attach the disclaimer to your company header.
  • Attached copy of one of the following valid forms of photo identification:
  • Valid state issued driver’s license
  • Valid state issued identification card
  • Valid United States passport
  • Check or money order for $5.00 payable to “BCI”
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope for return (if mailed)

Please Note: One state background check per person at the BCI window. If you require state background checks for multiple individuals, please consider sending in the mail. Otherwise, you will be required to drop them off to be picked up when completed by BCI staff.

Background checks for overseas purposes:
  • Those applicants travelling outside the country needing a background check differ from the regular state issued background check. The applicant MUST state that they are travelling outside the country in order to receive the correct paperwork. The applicant MUST ask for the Attorney General's signature print out by letter or in person, then proceed to the Secretary of State’s Office for the Apostile.

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.

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
  • Court appointed special advocates
  • 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 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 check 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 form (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

Cost:

A national background check costs $35. If your employer requires a national background check AND a state background check, the cost is $40. Check or money order only. Please make check out to “BCI.”

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).

A FBI-generated criminal background report is sent back to the Office of Attorney General, typically within 24 hours. The fingerprint technician will review the information and submit a letter 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
  • Notice

The Office of Attorney General can provide you with a set of your fingerprints to use as you need. A trained and certified fingerprint technician will use the Livescan fingerprint machine to capture your fingerprints and provide you with a copy. The cost is $15, check or money order only. Please note: The fingerprints are NOT submitted to the FBI.

Precious Metals

How to obtain a Precious Metals, Tools and Electronics and Regulated Metals License

Precious Metals and/or Tools and Electronics License
  • Proper application for signed and notarized
    • Application for License - Individuals
    • Application for License - LLC/INC
    • Application for License - Partnership
      • For all businesses that have branch stores, there is now a $50.00 fee per branch.
      • If you possess a precious metals license there is no fee for a tools and electronics license.
  • Letter of Good Standing from the R.I. Division of Taxation. The fee is $50.00. Individual businesses do not need a letter of good standing unless you have an account with the R.I. Division of Taxation. For further questions please contact the R.I. Division of Taxation at (401) 474-8829.
  • If you are a Corporation or LLC, a certified copy of the latest annual report or a certified copy of the articles of incorporation for newly incorporated or LLC businesses from the Secretary of State’s Office is required. The fee is $10.15. For further questions please contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (401) 222-3040 ext. 1255.
  • A national background check (requiring fingerprinting) is required for a Precious Metals and/or Tools and Electronics licenses for all employees that buy and for corporate officers.

To obtain a national background check:

  • In person:
    • A copy of one of the following photo identifications:
      • State Issued Driver's License
      • State Issued Identification Card
      • Passport
    • Check or money order (NO CASH) for $35.00
  • By mail:

    150 South Main Street

    Providence, RI 02903
  • A signed and notarized release for information
  • A set of fingerprints on an Applicant card certified by fingerprint personnel obtained at local Police Department. (Additional costs to the local Police Department will apply.)
  • A copy of one of the following photo identifications:
    • State Issued Driver's License
    • State Issued Identification Card
    • Passport
  • Check or money order (NO CASH) for $35.00 for payable to Department of Attorney General BCI.
  • For out of state applicants. in addition to the form above, the following forms must be filled out and returned with the application:
    • Fingerprinting Form
    • Certification of Fingerprints Taken by Other Agencies
  • If you have questions, please contact the Fingerprint Unit: (401) 274-440 ext. 2353, 2029, 2204, or 2023.

Regulated Metals License

  • Proper application form signed and notarized:
    • Application for License - Individual
    • Application for License - LLC/INC
    • Application for License - Partnership
  • For all new and renewal Regulated Metals license applications, a $70.00 license fee is required, via check or money order.
  • Letter of Good Standing from the RI Division of Taxation. The fee is $50.00. Individual businesses do not need a letter of good standing unless you have an account with the R.I. Division of Taxation. For further questions please contact the R.I. Division of Taxation at (401) 474-8829.
  • If you are a Corporation or LLC, a certified copy of the latest annual report or certified copy of the articles of incorporation for newly incorporated or LLC businesses, from the Secretary of State’s Office is required. The fee is $10.15. For further questions, please contact the Secretary of State’s Office at (401) 222-3040 ext. 1255.
  • National background checks are not required for regulated metals licenses at this time.

Source: www.riag.ri.gov

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