To assist teachers and other school employees to obtain the national criminal background checks required by Rhode Island General Law, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin will provide the service at several police departments across the state.
Under RIGL 16-2-18.1, any person seeking employment with a private school or public school department who has not previously been employed by that public or private school department in Rhode Island during the past 12 months shall undergo a national and state criminal background check. Employees hired prior to August 1, 2001 and who have been continuously employed by a public school department in Rhode Island during the past 12 months shall be exempted.
In addition to the regular hours of operation for the Bureau of Criminal Identification at the Office of Attorney General in Providence (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm), the Office will provide national criminal background check services at the locations, dates and times below.
Smithfield Police Dept.; 215 Pleasant Avenue
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
August 22 Cranston Police Dept.; 5 Garfield Avenue 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
August 27 Charlestown Police Dept.; 4901 Old Post Road 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
August 29 North Kingstown Police Dept.; 8166 Post Road 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
September 3 Pawtucket Police Dept.; 121 Roosevelt Avenue 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
September 5 Bristol Police Dept.; 395 Metacom Avenue 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
September 10 Middletown Police Dept.; 123 Valley Road 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Individuals must bring positive proof of ID, such as a valid driver's license, state-issued ID or passport, as well as a letter of conditional employment. 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 and the cost for a state-only criminal background check is $5. The 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 a fingerprint technician.