An Indiana criminal background check helps employers obtain information concerning a prospective or current employee. Criminal history information can be found on the Indiana State Police website. The ISP site is accessible to the public, but a criminal records search will be limited. This limitation is put into place so that individuals, employers, and CRAs (Consumer Reporting Agencies) cannot use criminal history information that is deemed impertinent to the subject’s qualifications for employment. An ISP limited criminal history search contains felonies and class A misdemeanor arrests within the State of Indiana. Criminal history information can be gathered by performing an online search or mailing in a Request Form.

Cost – $15 (subscribers); $16.32 (credit card); $7 (request form)

Laws§ 24-4-18 (1-8)

Step 1 – Background Check Authorization Form

The FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act) states that employers must ask applicants to submit a Background Check Authorization Form to provide consent. Once signed, a background check can be performed. Indiana recognizes this federal law, but there is no mention of this precondition in the States’ statutes.

Step 2 – Indiana State Police Website

Navigate to the ISP Limited Criminal History Search web portal to search an individual’s criminal records. Read the disclaimer before clicking Start search.

Step 2 – Introductory Questions

Answer the three (3) questions posed at the beginning of the search. If the answer to question 1) or 2) was “Yes”, then being an subscriber is mandatory. Users will be required to log into their account. If the answer to all three (3) questions was “No”, continue to “Step 3”.

Step 3 – Requester Information

Enter the following information into the appropriate fields:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip code
  • Company name/division

Step 4 – Reason for Request

Select one (1) of the seventeen (17) reasons, shown below, for requesting criminal history information.

Step 5 – Subject Information

Enter the subject’s information, including name, date of birth, race, and sex.

Step 6 – Payment Information

Users must provide their card type, card number, and the expiration date in order to receive a person’s criminal history record. The fee is $61.32.

Step 7 – Results

The subject’s limited criminal history will be displayed, including any misdemeanor and felony arrests within the State of Indiana. Sealed, expunged, or restricted records cannot be accessed by individuals or employers.

Limited Criminal History Request Form

An individual’s criminal history can be requested using the Criminal History Request Form. Complete this form and submit it, along with a fee of $7, to the following address (in person or by mail):

  • Indiana State Police
    Criminal History Limited Check
    P.O. Box 6188
    Indianapolis, Indiana