Minnesota criminal background checks of employees can be required by employers, within certain parameters. First of all, the cost of any type of background check, criminal or otherwise, must be covered by the employer. Secondly, the employer cannot ask or require job applicants to disclose or indicate their criminal history until they are selected for an interview or receive a conditional job offer. Furthermore, no job application form can include checkboxes for applicants to indicate their criminal history (Ban the Box Law). Failure to comply with these regulations will result in penalties on the part of the employer. Before conducting a consumer reporting agency background check, the employer must have the employee fill out and return a Background Check Authorization Form to them in order to obtain formal authorization to search their history.

Cost – $4 (for printed records and mail requests)

Laws – §13.43§181.645§364.01364.10 (see §364.021)

Step 1 – Perform Search Online or Make a Request

There are three ways that you can perform a criminal background search. You can make a request by mail, online, or by presenting yourself at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and making the request in person (the address can be found below this paragraph). If you are requesting a criminal history check by mail, you will need to include the complete name of the person you are searching for and, if possible, their date of birth. The fee for this service is $4 which must be included in your envelope as a check, money order, or a certified/cashier’s check. To perform a criminal background check online, you will need to navigate to the Minnesota Public Criminal History webpage.

Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
Criminal Justice Information Systems – CHA
1430 Maryland Ave. E.
St. Paul, MN 55106

Step 2 – Agree to Conditions of Use

Check the checkbox that indicates that you agree to this website’s conditions of use before clicking Continue to proceed to the next step.

Step 3 – Search by Name

Provide the full name and date of birth of the person that you are performing a search on. Next, enter the “Captcha code” into the indicated field before clicking Go to view your search results.

Step 4 – View Search Results

After clicking Go, you will be able to view the full results of your criminal background check.