Georgia

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Georgia 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

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Georgia Crime Information Center
Phone number: 404-244-2639
 

State Checks

General Information on State Checks:

  • 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: The state repository does not conduct name-based state checks. Criminal history records are searched by fingerprint records only. See the section below on Fingerprint-Based State Checks for more information.

Fingerprint-Based State Checks

Available from: Georgia Bureau of Investigation Georgia Crime Information Center
 
What is released: The criminal history record includes the person's identification data (name, date of birth, social security number, sex, race, height, weight, etc.), arrest data (including arresting agency, date of arrest, and charges), final judicial disposition data submitted by a court, prosecutor or other criminal justice agency and custodial information if the offender was incarcerated in a Georgia correctional facility
 
Cost: $27.75, plus fingerprinting cost
 
How long does it take to obtain results? 24 to 48 hours 
 
Available to: Georgia agencies/businesses, and out-of-state agencies/companies with Georgia applicants, that wish to conduct background checks for employment, licensing or any other non-criminal justice purposes must use the on-line Georgia Applicant Processing Service (GAPS) (www.ga.cogentid.com). Agencies/businesses that wish to conduct background checks for employment or licensing must obtain a GAPS account number. For information on how to obtain a GAPS account number, visit the GAPS website at, www.ga.cogentid.com and select the Become a Requesting Agency tab.
Fixed GAPS fingerprinting sites are located throughout the state for conducting criminal history background checks. Results, including the criminal history record should be available for the agency to retrieve from the GAPS website within 24 to 48 hours after the applicant is fingerprinted and the transaction submitted to GCIC for processing. The GAPS website will handle collection of fees, which eliminates the need for agencies to collect and process fees for fingerprint-based checks. A valid photo ID is required at the fingerprint location. Visit the GAPS website www.ga.cogentid.com for details on the GAPS fingerprint background check process, fees, and print site locations.

 

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.
Note: The name-based Georgia Felon Search service is not acceptable since it only presents felony crime convictions. You must obtain the criminal history from the Georgia Crime Information Center's statewide full criminal history system. 
 

FBI Checks 

 
State Repository Provides FBI Checks: Yes, using 3M Cogent:
Under federal regulations and Georgia law, certain businesses, organizations, licensing boards and state and local governments have the authority to obtain criminal history record information maintained by the FBI for employment or licensing purposes.
Before the FBI will provide criminal history record information, the following standards known as “Public Law 92-544 statutes” must be in effect:
There must be a state statute authorizing access of the FBI criminal history file
The state statute must specifically call for the use of FBI records
The request must not violate public policy and comply with all state requirements
The request cannot be overly broad in scope, but must identify the specific category of employment or licensing
The applicant must be fingerprinted 
Access to FBI criminal history record information is subject to numerous restrictive laws and regulations. Dissemination of criminal history record information to entities outside the requesting organization or agency is prohibited and a violation of law.
Authorized FBI criminal history record checks are conducted by submitting the applicant’s fingerprints to GCIC for both a state and FBI record check.
Refer to the FBI Approved FP List for the current Georgia “92-544” statutes. The list can be found under General Information on the website’s main menu.
 
CNCS FBI Channeler: Organizations that cannot successfully use 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

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

 

Individuals Requesting Criminal History Records (versus Organizations)

The Georgia Crime Information Center does not conduct name-based criminal history record checks. Please contact your local law enforcement agency for assistance with name-based checks.
Non-Georgia residents that need a Georgia fingerprint-based background check for visa/immigration, out of state employment, or other personal requests may submit their prints to 3M Cogent a standard paper fingerprint card available from a local law enforcement agency. Applicants will need to register on the GAPS website and select the following prior to mailing the fingerprint card:
Fingerprint Card User: (Out of State applicants ONLY, all other cards will be returned)
Applicants must include their REGISTRATION ID (obtained online during registration) on the back of the fingerprint card AND a money order or cashier’s check, in the amount of the transaction fee, made payable to 3M Cogent.
Submission – Mail the cards (and if applicable, payment) to:
3M Cogent, Georgia CardScan
639 N Rosemead Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
3M Cogent will scan the fingerprint card and submit the images to the State/GCIC. Once your request has been completed, the results of the criminal history background check and a state certificate will be mailed to the address entered at the time of registration. Bring sealed results to program to ensure chain of custody. Please visit the GAPS website for fees and additional information.


Revised as of 10/6/2017

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