A Kansas criminal background check can be performed by anyone, but this type of search is typically conducted by employers when determining an job applicant’s eligibility. Criminal history information can be used to assess an applicant’s fitness for a particular position or duty as long as the information raises an issue regarding the employee’s trustworthiness, or the safety or well-being of the employees and customers. Furthermore, this information can only be used for hiring purposes if the applicant signs a release or consent form. Criminal records are available to the general public through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) with a few exceptions (i.e. arrests that have been disposed or arrests occurring over a year ago where a disposition has not been made clear). Criminal background checks can be conducted through a name-based search or fingerprint identification; the latter yielding a much more accurate result.
Cost – $20 (name-based); $35 + potential additional fees (fingerprint-based)
Laws – § 22-47
Step 1 – Background Check Authorization Form
Subject’s are not required to sign a consent form for criminal record searches. However, employers who intend to use the subject’s criminal history information to make an employment-based decision must ask the applicant to sign a release. Employers can use the Background Check Authorization Form for this purpose.
Step 2 – Access KBI Website
To begin a criminal history search, navigate to the KBI website.
Step 3 – Log Into or Create Account
To create an account, click the Sign Up button. Existing users can log into their KanAccess account with an email address and password, and proceed to “Step 4”.
New users will have to provide a first name, last name, email address, and password. A verification email will be sent to the provided email address.
Step 4 – Customer Agreement
This disclaimer must be read to ensure all users comply with the regulations of the website and with State and Federal law.
Step 5 – Customer Information
The following information must be entered before clicking Submit:
- First name
- Last name
- Email address
- Phone number
Step 6 – Subject Information
Enter the first name, last name, date of birth, and SSN (optional) of the subject into the appropriate fields.
Step 7 – Review Information
The fee for a name-based search is $20. Click Pay by Credit to proceed to the payment section.
Step 8 – Payment Information
Provide the following payment and billing information:
- Zip code
- Card number
- Expiration date
- Phone number
- Email address
It may take a day or more to obtain results of a criminal record check. If no results are shown, KanAccess will provide an opportunity to enter more information on the subject.
Fingerprint-Based Criminal Record Check
Individuals/employers wishing to perform a more accurate criminal record check can do so through a fingerprint-based search. The subject’s fingerprints must be taken, either in person or through a “livescan” device, and submitted to the KBI. Fingerprints must be taken at a criminal justice agency and recorded on the FBI’s FD Form 258. Once the form has been completed, it can be mailed to the following address:
- Kansas Bureau of Investigation
Attn: Criminal History Records Section
1620 SW Tyler
Topeka, KS 66612-1837