A Maine criminal background check provides the person making the request with the record of any crimes of which the subject has been convicted of. Only information that is non-confidential will be reported to the requestor. A request for criminal history can be performed online or by mail, and each request may include a search regarding multiple individuals. It is possible that the criminal record result from a given name and birthdate could be false and belong to a separate individual. Therefore, fingerprint comparisons may be necessary to assure that the given criminal history matches the subject in question.
Cost – Online: $21 for InforME subscribers and $31 non-InforME subscribers, $10 more for notarized requests. By mail: $20 per name (with one selected Court Location box), $20 more for each additional Court Location box checked.
Laws – §704.1-2
Step 1 – Request Criminal History Online or By Mail
There are two ways that you can request a criminal background check: you can either fill out Request for Record Search form and submit it by mail, or you can use the Maine State Bureau of Investigations online background checking services, InforME. To make your request by mail, you will need to fill out the form and send it, along with the required fee, to this address: Judicial Branch Service Center, PO Box 266, Lewiston, ME 04243. To perform a criminal history check online, navigate to the “Subject Information: Request Review” webpage by clicking here and follow the instructions provided below.
Step 2 – Provide Subject Information
Once you have navigated to the Maine State Bureau of Investigations’ online criminal background check form, provide the following information for each individual that you wish to perform a criminal history report on:
- Full name
- Last name of spouse (if applicable)
- Last name of previous spouse (if applicable)
- Date of birth
After providing the necessary information for up to ten (10) subjects, you can “Add 10 Additional Subjects” to add more individuals to your criminal history search. Once you have completed entering the names of all the subjects you wish to perform a search for, click Continue to proceed.
Step 3 – Confirm Criminal History Search
Now, review the information that you have provided and click Continue to confirm your search and acceptance of the fee.
Step 4 – Provide Shipping Method and Address
Next, you will need to provide the following personal and shipping information:
- Your full name
Step 5 – Complete Contact Information
Supply the information listed below into the indicated fields.
- ZIP/postal code
- Email address
- Record format
Once you have supplied all of the necessary information, click Review Order to continue to the next page.
Step 6 – Review Order
Review your order and, if you wish to continue, click Confirm Order & Submit Payment.
Step 7 – Complete Payment and Submit Request
On the next page, you will be asked to supply the following credit card and billing information in order to process your payment:
- Card type
- Card number
- Card verification number
- Expiration date
- Name on card
- Complete billing address
Once you are done, click Submit Payment in order to complete the online criminal history search process. You will soon receive the results of your criminal history request through your requested delivery method.