To assist the public in obtaining the required national criminal background checks mandated by various Rhode Island General Laws, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin is again offering state and national background check services at several locations across the state throughout August.
In addition to the regular hours of operation for the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) at the Office of Attorney General in Providence, mobile national criminal background check services at different locations will be available to individuals who are required by statute to have a national criminal background check conducted through the Office of Attorney General and for those who are required to have a state criminal background check for employment or volunteering.
There are several statutes that dictate what type of background check is required for various employment or license. Further, these statutes dictate where such a national background check may be processed. A complete list is available on the Attorney General's website at http://www.riag.ri.gov/.
The Mobile BCI service cannot fingerprint anyone seeking a national criminal background check for long term care employment under RIGL statutes 23-1-52, 23-17-34, and 23-17-60. Individuals with a registration number (RS number) must appear before the BCI window in Providence for a national criminal background check.
Thursday, August 3rd
2 pm – 6 pm
Bristol Police Department
395 Metacom Avenue, Bristol
Monday, August 7th 2 pm – 6 pm North Kingstown Police Department 8166 Post Road, North Kingstown
Thursday, August 10th 2 pm – 6 pm Cranston Police Department 5 Garfield Avenue, Cranston
Tuesday, August 15th 2 pm – 6 pm Charlestown Police Department 4901 Old Post Rd., Charlestown
Wednesday, August 16th 2 pm – 6 pm Lincoln Police Department 100 Old River Road, Lincoln
"We recognize that getting to our BCI Office in Providence for a state or national criminal records check is not all together convenient and parking can be a challenge. That is why we are once again providing mobile BCI services at several police departments across the state this August," said Attorney General Kilmartin. "Our mobile BCI program is a great convenience whether someone needs a state BCI to volunteer during the upcoming school year or a national background check for a new job."
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. Results will be mailed directly to the employer.
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. Results will be e-mailed directly to the individual.
Cost/Payment information The cost for a national criminal background check is $35. The cost for a state-only criminal background check is $5. For individuals that require a national and state background check, the cost is $40. Payment must be a check or money order only. Checks should be made out to "BCI."
For any questions, please call the Office of Attorney General at 401-274-4400 and ask for BCI.
Rhode Island background checks are also available to the public 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and national background checks/fingerprints are available to the public 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the BCI window at the Office of Attorney General, 150 South Main Street Providence.