Idaho Fingerprinting

(June 14, 2024)

Applicant Background Checks

As authorized by law, criminal history information is provided for non-criminal justice purposes, such as employment screening and licensure. The fee-supported applicant program has grown dramatically in recent years as Congress and the Legislature continue to expand background check requirements. Annually, our staff processes approximately 94,000 applicant fingerprint cards and conducts about 30,000 name based background checks. Non-law enforcement, non-criminal justice agencies and individuals may receive records maintained by the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) through the methods outlined below. This service is often used to conduct background checks for licensing and employment screening. It also provides criminal background checks for personal inquiries. Idaho code 67-3008 (6) states “A person or private agency, or public agency, other than the department, shall not disseminate criminal history record information obtained from the department to a person or agency that is not a criminal justice agency or a court without a signed release of the subject of record or unless otherwise provided by law.”

Fingerprint Services

Fingerprinting services are offered at 700 S. Stratford Dr., Suite 120, in Meridian. We are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, no appointments necessary. Our fee is $10.00 for the first card and $5.00 for each additional card. We accept cash, check or credit card payments. There will be an additional processing fee of $1.00 plus 3% of the total transaction for all payments made by credit or debit card. This does not include the background-processing fee. Due to limited space in our lobby, large groups coming in together for fingerprinting services will be asked to wait outside to be called in. If you are needing fingerprint services outside the Treasure Valley, please contact your local police department or sheriff's office.

Fingerprint Background Checks

To request this check, submit a complete set of inked and rolled fingerprints on an applicant fingerprint card, our Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Form (Changes to form) including our Payment Authorization Form, and required payment. Fingerprint cards must include: Subject of record's name (print), alias names (including maiden and previous married names), current address, citizenship, descriptive data, date of birth, place of birth, reason for being fingerprinted, and signature of person being fingerprinted. The official taking the fingerprints must date and sign the fingerprint card. The date must be within 180 days of the fingerprint check submission.

Payment Method

The required fee for a fingerprint check is $20.00. We will accept payment by cash check or credit/debit card. There will be an additional processing fee of $1.00 plus 3% of the total transaction for all payments made by credit or debit card. Our Payment Authorization Form must be completed and sent to us along with the fingerprint card, the Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Form and required fee. Please make sure to follow the instructions on all forms. Requests with missing data and wrong payment amount will be returned. A $20 processing fee will be charged for any returned check. The request may be hand delivered or mailed to the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI). Please keep in mind, BCI does not telephone or fax results. Allow ample time for processing, as requests are processed on first come first served basis.

Name Based Background Check

To request this check, submit a completed Name Based Criminal Background Check Form and required fee. Be aware it is not uncommon for criminal offenders to use alias names and false dates of birth, which would adversely affect the completeness and accuracy of a non-fingerprint based search of the Idaho Criminal History Repository. Idaho law does not require a waiver. However, without a waiver, any arrest more than 12 months old, without a disposition, cannot be given to a non-criminal justice agency. The signature date on waivers must be within 180 days of the name check submission.

Name Based Background Check

To request this check, submit a completed Name Based Criminal Background Check Form and required fee. Be aware it is not uncommon for criminal offenders to use alias names and false dates of birth, which would adversely affect the completeness and accuracy of a non-fingerprint based search of the Idaho Criminal History Repository. Idaho law does not require a waiver. However, without a waiver, any arrest more than 12 months old, without a disposition, cannot be given to a non-criminal justice agency. The signature date on waivers must be within 180 days of the name check submission.

Criminal History Checks Under the National Child Protection Act

The Idaho State Police (ISP), Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), has established a program pursuant to the National Child Protection Act to permit qualified entities to submit fingerprint cards on employees and volunteers to receive state and federal criminal history information, in order to promote a broader exchange of criminal history information for purposes of assisting entities that provide care, treatment, education, training, instruction, supervision or recreation to children, the elderly or individuals with disabilities. The state and national criminal history record checks can help screen volunteers and employees associated with these entities and could help prevent the abuse of those served by the entities.

Idaho Applicant Fingerprint Program For Criminal History Record Checks by a Qualified Entity Under the National Child Protection Act of 1993, as amended In 1993, Congress passed the National Child Protection Act (NCPA) that authorized criminal history record checks for persons who work with children in either an employee or volunteer status. This Act was amended in 1994 to include elderly and disabled persons. The Idaho State Police (ISP), Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI), has established a program pursuant to the NCPA to permit qualified entities to submit fingerprint cards on employees and volunteers to receive state and federal criminal history information, in order to promote a broader exchange of criminal history information for purposes of assisting entities that provide care, treatment, education, training, instruction, supervision or recreation to children, the elderly or individuals with disabilities. The state and national criminal history record checks can help screen volunteers and employees associated with these entities and could help prevent the abuse of those served by the entities.

The ISP BCI maintains the state's central repository of criminal history information. The repository is an automated database of records based on arrests reported to BCI from Idaho criminal justice agencies. As per Idaho Code, Section 67-3008, the bureau shall be the state’s sole source of fingerprint submissions for criminal justice and applicant or licensing purposes to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The mission of this NCPA program is to protect:

  1. Children (any unmarried person under 18 years of age, who has not been emancipated by order of the court)
  2. The elderly (a person who is 60 years of age or older)
  3. Individuals with disabilities (persons with a mental or physical impairment who require assistance to perform one or more daily living tasks).

To become a “qualified entity” through the ISP BCI, under the Child Protection Act of 1993, as amended, an organization will need to do the following:

  1. Download a copy of the Qualified Entity Application and the User Agreement from our website. OR Contact the ISP BCI, at (208) 884-7159 to request a copy of each document be mailed to the organization.
  2. Complete a Qualified Entity Application to BCI explaining what functions the organization performs that serves children, elderly, or disabled persons.
  3. Review and sign the NCPA User Agreement that sets forth the terms and conditions under which criminal history background checks authorized by the NCPA of 1993, as amended, shall be conducted.
  4. Submit both the NCPA Qualified Entity Application and the User Agreement to the BCI. (The BCI will retain the original signed User Agreement and Qualified Entity Application, and give a copy to the authorized entity) The BCI will review the application and contact the organization's designated representative to inform him or her whether the requirements are met.

Mail form(s) to: ISP/BCI 700 S. Stratford Dr. Ste. 120 Meridian, ID 83642

Non-Criminal Justice Agency's (NCJA) Nationwide Check Privacy Right Information

In the Fall of 2010, the National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council approved a motion for the FBI CJIS Division staff to create documents for agencies to inform civil applicants of their rights to challenge, update or correct their criminal history records. The requirements for NCJA's and Applicant's Rights are explained in the following documents. AGENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR NCJA Agency Requirements for NCJA Non-Criminal Justice Applicants Rights Idaho will require the NCJAs to provide the NON-CRIMINAL JUSTICE APPLICANT (NCJA) APPLICANT PRIVACY STATEMENT to any applicant submitting for a fingerprint-based background check under an approved state statute, local ordinance or federal authority for licensure, employment or other civil purposes. Further, the agencies who request state and federal criminal history record information through fingerprint submission will be required to obtain the applicant’s signature on the form and keep the original document on file for auditing purposes. The applicant should be given a copy of the form if requested. The documented is provided below. Agencies will need to insert their agency name and download the form.

Electronic Fingerprint Submissions

We accept electronic civil fingerprint card submissions from agencies authorized to submit fingerprint cards for criminal history nationwide checks. If your agency would like to begin submitting electronic fingerprint cards, please contact: Dessi Tulilova (208) 884-7159 dessi.tulilova@isp.idaho.gov

States offering Idaho Fingerprinting service

Sorry! Idaho Fingerprinting is not offered by any states at the moment. We are working on expanding our network to serve you better.

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