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Wyoming Background Checks

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

State Office

Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.
208 South College Drive
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
(307) 777-7181

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is overseen by the Attorney General and is responsible for maintaining the state’s central repository of criminal records. The DCI collects criminal arrest and conviction records from law enforcement agencies and the courts and is also part of the Western Identification Network (WIN). This means that Wyoming background checks include criminal records from all states part of WIN, which include Idaho, Alaska, Nevada, Montana, Utah, Oregon and Washington. A Wyoming background check details all felony charges, high misdemeanors and certain other misdemeanor types.

However, Wyoming is a closed records state, meaning that Wyoming background checks are not available to the public. Individuals may request a copy of their personal Wyoming criminal background check and may share the information, but may not request information on a third party. The exception is employers who require a background check on potential employees, although the individual must consent to the Wyoming background check. Law enforcement and criminal justice agencies may obtain a complete criminal history without consent. All background checks in Wyoming are based on fingerprints.

Steps for Retriving a Wyoming Background Check

Step 1

Contact your local law enforcement agency or DCI and make an appointment to have your fingerprints taken.

Step 2

Bring government-issued photo identification to your appointment.

Step 3

The fingerprint card features an authorization section that must be filled out and signed before an individual may obtain his own Wyoming criminal background check.

Step 4

For release to a third party, the authorization section of the fingerprint card must be signed and notarized by the subject.

Step 5

Pay the required fee, and results will be mailed in about 10 business days.

Wyoming Background Check Special Notes

Since background checks in Wyoming are based solely on fingerprints, there is a slim chance that false negative or positive results will appear on a criminal history report. If an individual finds a criminal record included that should be expunged or is a mistake, you should contact an attorney or DCI for further instructions on how to proceed. Employers who wish to conduct a background search on a new hire must get the person’s signed and notarized consent. Since Wyoming is part of WIN, criminal records returned could be from seven additional states. A fingerprint search will ensure that a person arrested using a false name or false information (like date of birth and social security number) will still have these records appear in their background check because they are associated with one set of fingerprints.

Record request form

Individuals who wish to obtain a Wyoming criminal records check should contact DCI or local law enforcement agency to make an appointment to be fingerprinted. The authorization form necessary for obtaining a criminal records search is included on the fingerprint card.