Background Checks: The ABC’s of BCA Data

Informational Memo

Published: December 23, 2019

Background Checks The ABCs of BCA Data
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See accompanying model documents below.

This material contains general information; it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited in this material are available on request from the League’s Research and Information Service staff.

Learn appropriate ways for the city to access the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) criminal history information database. Understand what will and will not be included in results. Find requirements for using the database for non-criminal purposes such as employment background and driver’s license checks. Notes special considerations for background checks on children’s service workers. Discusses public versus private data and records maintenance process.

Use these model documents with the discussion on “Background Checks”: