To assist the public in obtaining the required 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 background check services at different locations will be available to any individual who is required by statute to have a national background check conducted through the Office of Attorney General* and for those who are required to have a state 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/.
"We recognize that people are busy during the summer and may not have time to drive to Providence for a background check. our mobile BCI program is great convenience whether someone needs a state BCI to volunteer during the upcoming school year, or a national background check for a new job," said Attorney General Kilmartin.
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 mailed directly to the individual.
*For a list of those statutes which require a national background check conducted through the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General, please visit our website www.riag.ri.gov.
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.