Background Check

How to Obtain an Individual Background Check for Employment Purposes

Go to the Maryland Department of Public Safety website. Scroll to Services For and click on Public; then scroll to and click on Background Check.

Individual Background Check For Employment Purposes
If you are seeking employment in the state of Maryland, your employer must request the background record check. You must:

  • Use the fingerprint cards supplied by your employer, or
  • Have your employer's authorization number available.

Individual State Background Check

(For example; Visas, Gold Seal letters, & Individual Reviews)

If you live within Maryland:

  • You may go to any authorized location that provides fingerprinting services.
  • You may go to your local detention center to be fingerprinted on the state fingerprint card known as Form 015.
  • Once you've been fingerprinted, you may overnight it to CJIS-Central Repository located at 6776 Reisterstown Road, Suite 102, Baltimore Maryland 21215, or mail it to CJIS-CR P.O. Box 32708, Pikesville, Maryland, 21282-2708. Associated fees are listed at the bottom of the Background Check page on the Department of Public Safety website.
  • If you are requesting a copy of your FBI criminal history record, you must send your request directly to the FBI.