Criminal History Check Resources

Under the National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended by the Serve America Act (SAA), all grantees must conduct National Service Criminal History checks on participants and program employees in AmeriCorps, Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, MLK, 9/11, Volunteer Generation Fund, Social Innovation Fund and any other programs funded by the Corporation under National Service laws.

All employees, participants, and others who receive a salary, national service education award, living allowance, or stipend under Corporation grants, even if the activities don't involve service with vulnerable populations, must conduct the checks prior to beginning employment or service. RSVP and VISTA grantees are required to conduct criminal history checks on all employees who receive part or all of their salary from the respective program grant. 

The statutory requirement at 42 U.S.C. § 12645g is supplemented by regulatory requirements at 45 CFR §2540.200 through §2540.207 (updated in 2012) as well as the terms and conditions of our grants. A grantee or subgrantee’s inability to demonstrate that you conducted any aspect of the required criminal history checks will likely result in cost disallowance. 

Visit the Related Resources page for information on screening and prevention. 

Are you new to the National Service Criminal History Check (NSCHC) Requirements? Review each of these for an introduction:

Clickable links - image oneRequired Annual Online TrainingVideo Training LibraryFederal RegulationsNSCHC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking to learn more about each of the check components? Click on the links below to learn more:

Clickable Image 2NSOPW Check State(s) Check FBI Check

Responsible for Compliance and Enforcement? Here are some more tools and guidance:

Clickable graphics - image 3ChecklistsEffective DateVendor GuidanceAlternate Search Procedure (ASP) ExemptionsPre-Approved ASPsDisallowance GuideSelf-CertificationTraining Calls and PowerPoint Presentations2014 Assessment Period


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