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North Dakota Background Checks

North Dakota background check, including criminal records, incarceration records, and inmate records

State Office

North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
PO Box 1054
Bismarck, North Dakota 58502
(701) 328-5500

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), overseen by the Attorney General, acts as the state’s central repository for all criminal records. Types of records included are arrests, prosecutions, incarceration, convictions, dismissals and dispositions relating to felony and misdemeanor charges. Background checks in North Dakota may be conducted by anyone, as North Dakota is an open records state. Public North Dakota background checks are limited in scope, however, to the information listed. Open records released to the public include all convictions, any dismissed or pending charges less than three years old, and incarceration records less than three years old.

North Dakota background checks will not reveal juvenile records, dismissed charges and acquittals older than three years, traffic offenses, and incarceration records older than three years. A North Dakota background check is name-based, although all records in the central repository are based on fingerprint submissions. This means that all aliases within the system will link to a single set of fingerprints. The name-based search must return an exact match to the name entered, plus an exact match to two additional identifiers, such as date of birth and social security number.

Steps for Retriving a North Dakota Background Check

Step 1

Download the Non-Criminal Justice Request for Criminal History form.

Step 2

Fill out the form, making sure the name and two identifying pieces of information are correct, as only exact matches will be returned.

Step 3

Include either the subject’s mailing address or a signed authorization from the individual whose record is being searched.

Step 4

Mail the completed form and fee (plus authorization form if applicable) to the address listed.

Step 5

Results will be mailed to the person listed on the form.

North Dakota Background Check Special Notes

Background checks in North Dakota must be disclosed to the individual in question, meaning that when a third party North Dakota background check is ordered, a notice will be mailed to the subject unless an authorization form accompanies the request. On the request form, individuals may include fingerprints to ensure a complete North Dakota criminal background check is returned, in addition to date of birth. Other acceptable identifiers include social security number, state identification number, or a specific event, like a conviction or arrest, that lists the agency or court involved plus the date. North Dakota law prohibits partial matches from being released, so a negative result doesn’t necessarily mean that the individual has no criminal record; it just means the identifiers didn’t exactly match any criminal records.

Record request form

Individuals who wish to obtain a North Dakota criminal background check must fill out the following form: North Dakota Non-Criminal Justice Request for Criminal History.