Criminal History Records · Obtaining a State Criminal History (Background Check)
Certified criminal justice agencies may request and receive unrestricted CHRI from the Identification and Criminal History Section for criminal justice purposes. The public may request and receive CHRI for non-criminal justice purposes, but it is limited to conviction information only.
Conviction CHRI is defined in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 10.97.030, and it relates to an incident that has led to a conviction or other disposition adverse to the subject. In addition to the conviction CHRI, non-criminal justice requestors (the public) may receive a record showing pending arrest offenses under one year old without a disposition, and if the subject is a registered sex/kidnapping offender.
You can obtain criminal histories from the State Patrol in two ways:
Criminal History Requests
Depending on the purpose, the Identification and Criminal History Section responds to public inquiries under two different statutes.
Criminal Records Privacy Act
Under the Criminal Records Privacy Act, conviction CHRI may be made public to anyone without restriction and without the consent of the subject of the record. The requestor must submit either a Request for Conviction Criminal History Record (using Form 3000-240-569 or WATCH) or a full set of the subject's fingerprints.
Instructions for Completing Request for Conviction Criminal History Record Form (3000-240-569)
Child and Adult Abuse Information Act
Under the Child and Adult Abuse Information Act, requests for CHRI are limited to businesses or organizations licensed in the state of Washington; any agency of the state; or other governmental entities that educate, train, treat, supervise, house, or provide recreation to developmentally disabled persons, vulnerable adults, or children under 16 years of age. Background checks may also be requested by a business or organization that qualifies for exemption under section 501 (c)(3) of the internal revenue code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. Sec. 501 (c)(3) and that provides emergency shelter or transitional housing for children, persons with developmental disabilities, or vulnerable adults. The background check is for initial employment or engagement decisions only. The requesting agency must notify the applicant of the Section’s response.
The requestor may submit either a Request for Criminal History Information Child/Adult Abuse Information Act (using Form 3000-240-430 or WATCH) or a full set of the subject's fingerprints.
Instructions for Completing the Request for Criminal History Information Child/Adult Abuse Information Act Form (3000-240-430)
All fees are non-refundable. Mailed requests must include fee(s) made payable to the Washington State Patrol by a cashier's check, money order, or commercial business account.
There is no fee for organizations legally classified as non-profit. By definition, "Non-Profit Organization" means an organization that is incorporated under state laws and approved by the state's secretary of state and its taxing authority to operate for educational, charitable, social, religious, civic, or humanitarian purposes.
If a record exists, a copy of the record will be attached to the returned form. It will include a state of Washington record of convictions and any pending crimes against persons for which the applicant is currently being processed by the criminal justice system and sex offender and kidnapper registration information. The requestor is required to provide a copy of the CHRI response to the applicant (subject).
If our search reveals that no CHRI exists, a no record result will be provided.
Secondary dissemination of the CHRI is prohibited, unless in compliance with RCW 10.97.050.
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