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The police department conducts state and nationwide criminal background checks upon request by Richmond residents            who are applying to become foster parents, adopt a child through the State, or who are prospective employees in Child            Care, DCYF, Massage Therapy, Mental Health Facilities, Nursing, and/or Schools (see below list under Types of     Backgrounds).  By law, most of the below listed backgrounds require FINGERPRINTING and the applicant is assessed a        $35 fee for that service.  The Richmond Police Department possesses a LIVESCAN fingerprinting computer that interfaces    with the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) and the Rhode Island Department of Attorney        General's Office.  While there is a Live-Scan fingerprinting fee for most employment/adoption backgrounds, there is no fee          if the applicant requires assistance in completing a traditional FINGERPRINT CARD, upon which fingertips are rolled in ink   and then the card.

Applicants seeking backgrounds should submit two (2) forms of identification (one with photograph), then complete and submit  the form that is attached to this link:  Criminal Record Check Release Form

The applicant shall receive a formal written response from the police department as to the results of the background investigation.  Responses are sent by United States Postal Service unless the applicant requests to pick it up at the station.  


 FOSTER PARENT: No Fingerprinting Fee -pursuant to RI General Law § 14-1-34

 ADOPTION: $35 Fee - pursuant to RIGL § 15-7-11  

 CHILD CARE employees: No Fingerprinting Fee - pursuant to RIGL § 40-13.2-5

 DCYF employees:                $35 Fee (paid by DCYF for active RI State employees) - pursuant to RIGL § 40-13.2-5.2 

 SCHOOL Employees: $35 Fee - pursuant to RIGL § 16-2-18.1  

 SCHOOL Volunteers: No Fingerprinting required - Statewide background (not Nationwide) - pursuant to RIGL § 16-2-18.4

 NOTE:  All NURSERY SCHOOL & PRE-SCHOOL Employee backgrounds must be processed by RI Department of Attorney  General's BCI Unit, pursuant tRIGL § 16-48.1-5

 NURSING FACILITY – HOME NURSING CARE: $35 Fee - RIGL § 23-17-34 does NOT require applicants to be fingerprinted - FREE unless fingerprinted 

 Mental Health Facilities     $35 Fee - pursuant to RIGL § 40.1-25.1-3 

 MASSAGE Therapist:         $35 Fee - pursuant to RIGL § 23-20.8-3 

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