Idaho criminal background checks help employers get an idea of an applicant’s criminal history – arrests, convictions, jail time – before hiring them. Criminal history information is available to individuals and non-criminal justice agencies through Idaho’s Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI). A criminal background check is conducted by filling out a name-based or fingerprint-based check form. Due to a person’s potential aliases, a finger-print based search will yield more accurate results. Although these services are available to almost anyone, employers must be cautious in making any decisions based off of an individual’s criminal record. In order for an applicant to be rejected, the employer must prove that the offense/arrest/conviction found on the applicant’s criminal record demonstrates unfitness for performing the job/task/responsibility for which they are applying.

Cost – $25 for a fingerprint-based check (+ $10 fee for fingerprint services performed by BCI); $20 for name-based check

Laws§ 67-30(01-14)

Step 1 – Background Check Authorization Form

When performing a fingerprint background check, the person being fingerprinted is required to sign the fingerprint card. It is not mandatory to obtain consent when conducting a name background check on an individual. However, information on arrests that occurred more than a year prior will not be provided to non-criminal justice agencies unless the subject signs the waiver located on the name based criminal background check form.

Having an applicant complete a Background Check Authorization Form can help employers protect themselves from future liability but cannot be used to provide consent for a name-based criminal background check.

Step 2 – Access BCI Web Portal

Navigate to the BCI section of the Idaho State Police website.

Step 3 – Download Appropriate Forms

Click the FORMS tab and select the desired background check form – either Name Based Background Check Form or Fingerprint Based Background Check Form.

Step 4 – Name-Based Background Check

To request a name-based background check, the following subject information must be provided on the Name Based Background Check Form:

  • Last/first/middle name
  • Aliases
  • D.O.B.
  • Social Security number (optional)
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Full address
  • Signature and date (if consent is provided)

The following requester information must be provided as well:

  • Name of person or company
  • Address
  • Printed name
  • Signature
  • Phone number

Payment can be in the form of cash, check or credit/debit card. The second page of the name based form should be completed if payment is to be made by credit or debit card. Enter the following payment information:

  • Name of applicant/subject
  • Requester/agency
  • Credit card type
  • Card number
  • Expiration date
  • Zip code
  • Name on card
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Signature of payee

Step 5 – Fingerprint-based Background Check

First, the subject’s fingerprints must be obtained. This can be accomplished by visiting the BCI’s fingerprint services at the following address:

  • 700 S. Stratford Dr., Suite 120
    Meridian, ID 83642

The fee is $10 plus $5 per additional card. Individuals outside the Treasure Valley can contact their local police department or sheriff’s office for fingerprinting services.

The Fingerprint Based Criminal Background Check Form must contain the following information:

  • Type of request (either on a subject or personal)
  • Subject’s name
  • Subject’s D.O.B.
  • Requester name (if different from subject)
  • Reason for check
  • Requester’s address
  • Additional information

The cost for a fingerprint-based check is $25. This can be paid by check, cash or card. In order to pay by credit or debit card, the second page of the form must be completed with the following information:

  • Name of applicant/subject
  • Requester/agency
  • Credit card type
  • Card number
  • Expiration date
  • Zip code
  • Name on card
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Signature of payee

Step 6 – Submit Form

Once the appropriate form(s) have been filled out, requesters must either deliver them in person or by mail at the following address:

  • 700 S. Stratford Dr., Suite 120
    Meridian, ID 83642