A Colorado criminal background check can be conducted by anyone as Colorado is an open records state. Most criminal history records can be found through a basic name-based online search. A criminal background check can also be performed manually by completing and submitting the Arrest Request Form. (Note: the manual background check method is more expensive than an online search.)

Cost – $6.95/internet background check; $13/request form background check

Laws§ 24-72-304

Step 1 – Background Check Authorization Form

An employer should receive a Background Check Authorization Form from a potential employee before performing a criminal background check.

Step 2 – Visit ICHC

The ICHC (Internet Criminal History Check System) can be accessed by going to www.cbirecordscheck.com. Those who have an account, or would like to sign up for an account, can click the Account User button. Those who would like to perform a one-time individual background check can click the Individual button.

Step 3 – Sign-in/Set Up an Account

Users can log in using their “Account Login ID” and “Password”. New users can click the Sign up for an account link. (Skip to Step 3 to conduct a background check.)

Those setting up an account will have to agree to the terms and conditions.

Next, provide an email address and create a username and password.

A company name, address, and phone number must be provided.

Enter payment information.

Select preference for receiving the background report.

Select state agency (if applicable) and click Submit.

Step 4 – Conduct Search

In order to perform a criminal record background check, the first name, last name, and birth date of the subject must  be submitted. A Social Security number could help the search yield more accurate results. Results will be supplied either on-screen or in PDF format.