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Wisconsin Background Checks

Wisconsin background check, including criminal records, incarceration records, and inmate records

State Office

Wisconsin Crime Information Bureau.
PO Box 2688
Madison, Wisconsin 53701
(608) 266-9561

The Crime Information Bureau (CIB) is part of the Wisconsin Department of Justice and collects the state’s criminal records into a single computerized criminal history database. This database holds arrest details, charges filed, prosecution information, dispositions and sentences, correctional facility admissions and releases, and state fingerprints taken in conjunction with arrests. Wisconsin background checks are available to the public and will reveal all criminal history, since Wisconsin is an open records state. A Wisconsin criminal background check will include all adult criminal records only. Juvenile records are protected.

Background checks in Wisconsin do not require notification or consent, so individuals may conduct a name-based search on anyone. All criminal records maintained by CIB are fingerprint-based, and much work goes into organizing criminal records by fingerprint so that one person with multiple records and aliases will be united under one set of fingerprints. When conducting Wisconsin background checks, it’s important to include extra identifying information, when available, like aliases and social security number, to try and avoid false positive or negative results.

Steps for Retriving a Wisconsin Background Check

Step 1

Download and print the Wisconsin Criminal History Single Name Request form.

Step 2

Fill out the form, being sure to include the subject’s full name, sex, race and date of birth. If a social security number or any aliases are known, include these as well.

Step 3

Mail the above form with the appropriate fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address listed. Results will be returned by mail within 10 business days.

Step 4

Or, perform a Wisconsin criminal background check online through the CIB website. Click on “online request for credit card customers” to get started.

Step 5

Input your payment information and then fill in the search criteria. Results are nearly instant and can be printed from your computer.

Wisconsin Background Check Special Notes

Background checks in Wisconsin can easily be requested through the online portal on the CIB website. This method provides instant access to a person’s criminal history and doesn’t require postage or waiting for results by mail. Agencies and entities who routinely conduct criminal record searches can create an account online to expedite results. Individuals who want access to a Wisconsin background check can easily pay by credit card for a single search. Name-based searches can turn up false positive or false negative results, making it important to enter as much information as possible to ensure a complete criminal history is represented.

Record request form

Individuals who wish to obtain a Wisconsin background check should fill out the following form: Wisconsin Crime Information Bureau Criminal History Request Form.