Arkansas

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Arkansas is an open records state.
Some form of criminal history information is open to the public in “open records” states. In “closed records” states, access to criminal history information is not generally available to the public, but is available to authorized entities (e.g. law enforcement agencies).

Contact Information

Arkansas Crime Information Center
http://www.asp.state.ar.us/
Phone number: 1-877-727-EGOV

 

State Checks 

General Information on State Checks: 

  • While two options for types of state checks are listed below, name-based and fingerprint-based, only one type of state check is required. CNCS does not recommend one of these checks over the other. Either the name-based state check or the fingerprint-based state check is acceptable.
  • Please note that to be in compliance with CNCS requirements, recipients may have to conduct checks in up to two states: the  state of service/work check on individuals in covered positions, as well as a state of residence check (i.e. if the state of residence is different from the state of service/work at the time of application).

Name-Based State Checks

Available from: Arkansas State Police 

What is released: Individuals: $10 for volunteers, 7-10 days. Complete and sign the ASP 122 form. Grant consent for your records to be sent to the program by entering the program name and address and signing the form. Attach a copy of your valid photo id to complete the ASP 122 form and this form must me notarized. Send this from and other documents to the Arkansas State Police

Cost: $10

How long does it take to obtain results? 7-10 days

Fingerprint-Based State Checks

Available from: Arkansas State Police

What is released: The background check releases a person's Arkansas felony and misdemeanor conviction record, any pending Arkansas felony arrests (where a person has been arrested and has not gone to trial) within the last three (3) years, and whether the person is a registered sex offender (levels one through four) or is required to register as a sex offender.

You will not have access to the same information that is available to law enforcement, such as any misdemeanors that are pending in court, arrests that ended in the case being dismissed, not processed or being found not guilty and traffic records such as speeding, no seat belt etc. 

Cost: The cost is $22.00 per Arkansas state request or $11.00 for volunteers. The fee for the National/FBI fingerprint-based background check (if the entity is allowed access) is $13.00 or $10.75 for volunteers. 

How long does it take to obtain results? 7-10 days

 

Approved Alternative Repositories 

State repositories are institutions that house and maintain the arrest and disposition (or outcome) information for cases handled in that state. Each state has a central repository, and CNCS has designated one in each state that grantees must use. In some cases, generally when a different institution is able to provide information that is equivalent to what is provided by the state repository, CNCS may designate them as an Approved Alternative Repository.
None at this time. 

 

FBI Checks 

FBI Check Guidance: http://www.nationalservice.gov/FBIGuidance

State Repository Provides FBI Checks: The fee for the National/FBI fingerprint-based background check (if the entity is allowed access) is $13.00 or $10.75 for volunteers.

Available to: Individuals and employers 

Programs: Qualifying non-profits may run searches, $15.25 for FBI checks. There is an online option for qualifying agencies. In theory, programs should qualify as type II: “Entities required by state or federal law were a National/FBI fingerprint based background check is allowed or required.

CNCS FBI Channeler: Organizations that cannot successfully utilize the state repository for FBI checks may use CNCS’s FBI-approved Channeler, Fieldprint, for FBI checks. 

Cost: The cost for one FBI check through Fieldprint is $27.50. 

How long does it take to receive results? The majority of checks conducted electronically take no more than two business days from the date the fingerprints are captured. If an applicant does not live near a Fieldprint livescan location and fingerprints must be taken manually and mailed, it will take longer to receive the results. See the Fieldprint Guide and FAQ (linked below) for more information.

View these links for more information
Fieldprint Guide and FAQs: https://www.nationalservice.gov/FBIGuidance (see document, “Using Fieldprint as an FBI Channeler – A Guide for CNCS Recipients”) 
Fieldprint website: http://www.fieldprintcncs.com/ 

 

NSOPW (National Sex Offender Public Website) Check

nsopw.gov

A required component of the NSCHC is a nationwide check of NSOPW.gov before an individual begins work or service in a covered position. Please note that a compliant nationwide NSOPW check must include reports from all states, territories, and tribes. If any state, territory, or tribe is unavailable at the time the NSOPW check is conducted, you must either run a nationwide NSOPW check again through NSOPW.gov and ensure that all entities are reporting, or run a separate check for each entity that is not reporting through the state sex offender registry website.

Please note that a check of a single state’s sex offender registry alone is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the nationwide NSOPW check requirement. The information provided in the State Sex Offender Registry Information section is for reference purposes only in the event that a single state sex offender registry check is necessary to supplement an incomplete nationwide NSOPW check.

State Sex Offender Registry Information

Arkansas Sex Offender Registry: The Arkansas Crime Information Center (ACIC).  
http://www.acic.org/sex-offender-search

 

Individuals Requesting Criminal History Records (versus Organizations)

Individuals: $15.25 for volunteers, 7-10 days. Complete and sign the ASP 122 form. Grant consent for your records to be sent to the program by entering the program name and address and signing the form. Attach a copy of your valid photo id to complete the ASP 122 form and this form must me notarized. Send in the money as well as the fingerprint card and check box for FBI record. Bring sealed results to program to ensure chain of custody. 


Revised as of 2/24/2017

 

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