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BCI Hours of Operations are:
8:30 AM-4:30 PM
FINGERPRINTING STOPS AT 4:00 PM
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:
PLEASE ALLOW 7 BUSINESS DAYS FOR RETURN
In Person: At BCI desk
Under Rhode Island General Laws, fingerprints are only taken for specific purposes.
In person for a fingerprint FBI National background check:
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
Office of Attorney General (BCI Division)
150 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903