North Dakota

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North Dakota is a closed 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

Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Information Services Division
701-328-5500
 

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: Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Information Services Division
 
Available to: Most organizations and individuals.
 
What is released: If no criminal record is found or the information is not releasable, the requester will receive a notice stating "No information is available either because no information exists or dissemination is prohibited.” If criminal history is found, results will include information like type of record (e.g. arrest), disposition, date, and location. See more information here: https://attorneygeneral.nd.gov/public-safety/criminal-history-records/understanding-criminal-history-record-results
 
Cost: $15.00 (Eligible non-profit charitable organizations may submit an application for reduction in fee. If approved, the cost will be reduced to $5.00.)
 
How long does it take to obtain results? Generally 10 – 14 days. (You can expedite the request by including a pre-paid, self-addressed overnight/priority mail envelope of your choice along with the request. For expedited requests, please ensure your payment is in the form of a certified cashier’s check or money order.)
 
Additional notes: Unless a signed authorization from the subject of the check accompanies the check request, the BCI will mail a notice to the subject that the criminal history record has been released.
North Dakota State Statutes (Century Code) that deal with Criminal History Record Checks can be found at http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t12c60.pdf
 

Fingerprint-Based State Checks

Available from: Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Information Services Division
 
What is released: If no criminal record is found or the information is not releasable, the requester will receive a notice stating "No information is available either because no information exists or dissemination is prohibited.” If criminal history is found, results will include information like type of record (e.g. arrest), disposition, date, and location. See more information here: https://attorneygeneral.nd.gov/public-safety/criminal-history-records/understanding-criminal-history-record-results.
 
Cost: $15.00 (Eligible non-profit charitable organizations may submit an application for reduction in fee. If approved, the cost will be reduced to $5.00.) [There may be an extra fee for fingerprinting.]
 
How long does it take to obtain results? Generally 10 – 14 days. (You can expedite the request by including a pre-paid, self-addressed overnight/priority mail envelope of your choice along with the request. For expedited requests, please ensure your payment is in the form of a certified cashier’s check or money order.)
 
Available to: Most organizations and individuals. 
 
Additional notes: Unless a signed authorization from the subject of the check accompanies the check request, the BCI will mail a notice to the subject that the criminal history record has been released. 
North Dakota State Statutes (Century Code) that deal with Criminal History Record Checks can be found at http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t12c60.pdf
 

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 

 
State Repository Provides FBI Checks: No, only for organizations or individuals as determined in North Dakota Century Code § 12-60-24. CNCS grantees/volunteers serving under the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act are not listed in the state statute. For all other organizations, the request must be made directly to the FBI (per the guidance on the Official Portal for North Dakota State Government website: https://attorneygeneral.nd.gov/public-safety/criminal-history-records/requesting-criminal-history-record-check). 
 
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.
 
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

North Dakota Sex Offender Registry: http://www.sexoffender.nd.gov/index.shtml
 

Individuals Requesting Criminal History Records (versus Organizations)

1. Please fill out the form listed here to obtain your criminal background check. 
2. The applicant must fill out the appropriate personal information and his or her organization’s information. 
3. Send the request form to the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation via fax or mail: 
Criminal Records Section 
North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation 
4205 State Street 
PO Box 1054 
Bismarck, ND 58502-1054 
Fax: 701-328-5500
The required $15.00 fee per record check must be included with the request form. The check or money order must be made payable to North Dakota Attorney General. 
4. The applicant will receive the background check results within 10 days, not including mail time.
5. Bring sealed results to program to ensure chain of custody.


Revised as of 10/24/2017
 

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