Background Checks: The ABC’s of BCA Data

Informational Memo

Published: March 2, 2021

Background Checks The ABCs of BCA Data
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This content conveys general information. Do not use it as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited are available from the League’s Research 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”: