A Georgia criminal background check is the most common component of a background check, especially for employers determining an applicant’s eligibility for a particular job or position. An employer, or company hired by the employer, can gain access to an individual’s complete Georgia criminal history records. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has an online search engine with the capability of producing felony conviction records. This service is available to the public. Alternatively, Georgian’s can request criminal records from their local law enforcement agency. This request must be done in person and can only be completed once the agency has the subject’s full name, race, sex, date of birth, and a signed consent form.

Cost – $15

Laws§ 35-3-37

Step 1 – Background Check Authorization Form

Consent from the subject is not required when performing a background check in the State of Georgia. It is, however, necessary to provide a signed consent form in situations where an employer or individual wishes to perform a name-based background check at their local law enforcement agency. The Background Check Authorization Form can be used for this purpose.

Step 2 – Access Online Search Portal

Navigate to the Georgia Technology Authority website to start a records search and click Search Now!

Step 3 – Read Disclaimer

Users must read through the terms of use before conducting a search.

Step 4 – Enter Subject Information

Provide the last name, first name, date of birth, and sex of the individual on whom the search is being conducted. Additional information – middle name, SSN, Race, MNU – could help in generating more refined search results.

Select type of payment, and enter the name of the requester and the reason for the search. Supplying an email address is optional.

Step 5 – Payment

Each search costs $15 and can be paid by VISA, MasterCard, Amex, or Discover. Enter the necessary billing and payment information.

Step 6 – Results

If the subject has a criminal record, the information will display on the screen. The subject may not have any convictions, in which case there will be no records to show. There is no refund for a search that yields no criminal records.