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Who needs a background check?


Where can I get fingerprinted?

  • ND DHHS provides 8 fingerprinting locations throughout the state. Please check the table below for the location that covers your county.
    • No fingerprinting fee.
    • You must schedule an appointment.
    • You must bring all your completed authorization forms, including authorization forms for other states to your appointment.
    • You must bring a valid government issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, military ID, passport, tribal ID). If you do not have a valid photo ID, you will not be fingerprinted.
  • Law enforcement agencies, or any other agency that is authorized to conduct fingerprinting
    • You are responsible for paying any fees charged for fingerprinting.
    • Contact the agency for days and times they do fingerprinting.
    • You must bring a blank Fingerprint Identity Verification Form (SFN 836) to be completed by the official that rolls your prints.
    • You must bring a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, military ID, passport, tribal ID). If you do not have a valid photo ID, you will not be fingerprinted.
    • Ink-rolled fingerprints MUST be sealed in an envelope by the official that rolled your prints BEFORE giving you the print cards.
    • You are responsible for mailing all your authorization forms, authorization forms for other states and fingerprints to the Criminal Background Check Unit in Bismarck.

 

ND DHHS Fingerprinting Locations and Phone Numbers

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ND DHHS Fingerprinting Locations and Phone Numbers
Northwest Human Service Center – Williston

(701) 774-4600

Counties:
Divide, McKenzie, Mountrail, Williams

North Central Human Service Center – Minot

(701) 857-8500

Counties:
Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, Mountrail, Renville, Pierce, Ward

Lake Region Human Service Center - Devils Lake

(701) 665-2200

Outreach Office - Rolla
(701) 477-9050

Counties:
Benson, Cavalier, Ramsey, Rolette, Towner

Northeast Human Service Center – Grand Forks

(701) 795-3000

Counties:
Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina, Walsh

Vocational Rehabilitation Services – Fargo

(701) 298-4623

1655 43rd St S, Suite 208

Counties:
Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Traill

South Central Human Service Center – Jamestown

(701) 253-6300

Counties:
Barnes, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, Griggs, LaMoure, Logan, Stutsman, Wells

West Central Human Service Center – Bismarck

(701) 328-8862

Counties:
Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McIntosh, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sioux

Badlands Human Service Center – Dickinson

(701) 227-7500

Counties:
Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope, Stark

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What records will be reviewed?

  • All background checks include the following:
    • ND criminal record (non-public)
    • FBI Criminal Record (non-public)
    • ND Child Abuse/Neglect Index (non-public)
    • ND Sex Offender Registry
    • ND Offenders Against Children Registry
    • Interstate Child Abuse/Neglect Registry for each state of residence during the previous 5 years.
    • ND Courts Records Inquiry Website
    • MN Trial Court Public Access Website
    • Tribal Court, Child Welfare and Sex Offender Registry (as needed)
  • Child Care background checks will also include the following:
    • National Sex Offender Registry (non-public)
    • Interstate Sex Offender Registry for each state of residence during the previous 5 years (non-public).
    • Interstate criminal repository for each state of residence during the previous 5 years (non-public).

FAQs

Q: How many years back do you look for convictions?
A: Lifetime regardless of age, the length of time since conviction, or location (excludes juvenile adjudications).

Q: Do I have to report all convictions or just felonies?
A: All convictions. Failure to disclose a conviction may result in your background check being returned unprocessed.

Q: I was fingerprinted for a concealed weapons permit, teaching license, etc., can I use those finger prints or do I have to have my fingerprints re-done.
A: No. Fingerprints, and the results derived from those prints, can only be used for the purpose stated at the time you were fingerprinted.

Q: Can I use background check results from another state?
A: No. Background check results or criminal record search results are not transferable.

Q: Does my child have to complete a background check if they are home for the summer and living in my home?
A: Yes. Any adult living in the home must complete a background check.

Q: Does my minor child living in my home have to complete a background check if they work in my child care?
A: Yes.


Contact Information

Criminal Background Check Unit
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Department 325
Bismarck, ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-7575
Toll-Free: (800) 472-2622, 711 (TTY)
Fax: (701) 328-0358
Email: dhscfscbc@nd.gov