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Criminal Record Requests


BCI Hours of Operations are:

Monday-Friday

8:30 AM-4:30 PM

No Holidays


For a list of State Holidays, please click here.

One of the major functions of the BCI Unit is responding to those requesting criminal history checks. Due to increased security measures in both the private and public sectors, the need for employment background checks continues to rise. On average, personnel at the BCI window in Providence served more than 310 people each day, Monday through Friday. In addition, BCI personnel responded to approximately 281,150 request received annually by mail, fax and telephone.

In 2012, the BCI Unit generated $370,104 in paid background check fees, an increase of $51,826 over the previous year.

There are three types of background checks; State, State with the Attorney General's signature, and a National Background Check (fingerprints). Please see below for more information:

Notice: All BCI records are confidential Law-Enforcement Documents. However, these records can be released as follows:

By Mail: 150 South Main Street Providence, RI 02903

  • A signed and notarized release for information
  • A copy of one of the following photo identifications:
    • State Issued Driver's License
    • State Issued Identification Card
    • Passport
  • Check or money order (NO CASH) for $5.00 payable to BCI
  • A self addressed stamped envelope for return

PLEASE ALLOW 7 BUSINESS DAYS FOR RETURN

In Person: At BCI desk

  • One of the following:
    • State Issued Driver's License
    • State Issued Identification Card
    • Passport
  • Check or money order (NO CASH) for $5.00 payable to BCI

For Third Party:

  • A release to the third-party (Signed by the third-party and notarized). Please click here for the release. If you are a company, please attatch the disclaimer to your company header.
  • Attached copy of one of the following photo identifications:
    • State Issued Driver's License
    • State Issued Identification Card
    • Passport
  • Check or money order (NO CASH) for $5.00 payable to BCI
  • A self addressed stamped envelope for return (if mailed)

Background checks for overseas purposes:

  • Those applicants travelling outside the country needing a background check differ from the regular state issued background check.  The applicant MUST state that they are travelling outside the country in order to receive the correct paperwork.  The applicant MUST ask for the Attorney General's signature print out by letter or in person, then proceed to the Secretary of State’s Office for the Apostile.

National Background Search

Under Rhode Island General Laws, fingerprints are only taken for specific purposes.

In person for a fingerprint FBI National background check:

  • A copy of one of the following photo identifications:
    • State Issued Driver's License
    • State Issued Identification Card
    • Passport
  • Check or money order (NO CASH) for $35.00.
  • If only fingerprints on a fingerprint card are needed, the cost is $15.00 check or money order (NO CASH).

By Mail for a fingerprint FBI National background check:

Please click on and complete the following four forms, then mail them back to the below address.

BCI Fingerprint Disclaimer
Certification of Fingerprints
Fingerprinting Form
Notice

The fee for fingerprint FBI National background checks by mail is $40.00 ($35.00 for National check; $5.00 for Rhode Island BCI check)

Office of Attorney General (BCI Division)
150 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903

  • Fingerprint Unit: 401-274-4400 Ext. 2029, 2204, 2023, 2238