Background Checks at SCA

Background checks can be one of the most complicated portions of the enrollment process for SCA AmeriCorps members, but it is important to get all in place as soon as possible to ensure you are able to begin on your expected start date.

AmeriCorps really values the safety of its participants and the people you serve, so they have some stringent criminal history check requirements that you need to follow in order to be allowed to serve as an AmeriCorps member. This process often feels redundant, but it is really important for your safety, and for the safety of the people you work with on a daily basis.

Background Checks Required

  1. National Sex Offender Website (NSOPW) check,State Repository check for your state of residence AND your state of service
    • required for all SCA members
  2. Additional background checks may be required by your site. Those are managed directly with your site supervisor and is a separate process than what is outlined on this website.
    • required for some SCA AmeriCorps members depending on the details of your position

Emails to Expect

SCA has a vendors (easyBackgrounds) that help us with this process. With this vendor, we have streamlined the process as much as possible and continue to work on ways to make this better.

Background check emails from easyBackgrounds

  1. NOSPW and State Repository Check Instructions
    • EasyBackgrounds conducts both the NSOPW and state repository checks at the same time when possible. You should expect one email from easyBackgrounds to get you started.
  2. State Repository
    • Some states will require you to fill out a release form in order for easyBackgrounds to complete your state repository check. They will send you an email with instructions if needed.
    • Some state repositories can only conduct your background check using fingerprints. For those states* SCA will send you the instructions on how to complete that check for your state(s).

* The states that require fingerprinting are: CA, DE, LA, MD, NV, SD, UT, WV and WY

What Action is Needed?

National Sex Offender Website (NSOPW) Check

This criminal history check is conducted through easyBackgrounds electronically. When they are ready to run this check, they will send you an email with a special link just for you. You will need to click that link and follow the directions. This one is pretty straight forward, but if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the SCA or easyBackgrounds directly. (They may also be conducting your state repository check at the same time.)

State Repository Check

In most circumstances this check is conducted at the same time as the NSOPW check and is all electronic based on information you provide to easyBackgrounds. However, for states that require your fingerprints* to run this background check, SCA will contact you directly with instructions. The state repository check will need to be conducted for your state of residence AND the state in which your position is based.

* The states that require fingerprinting are: CA, DE, LA, MD, NV, SD, UT, WV and WY

Specific Instructions

We understand with SO many emails coming from so many places it can be hard to keep track. Unfortunately, the NSOPW and state background checks needs to be completed by easyBackgrounds using a unique URL. Please contact SCA if you need this email resent to you.

For the states that require fingerprinting:

California

For members that are currently in the state of CA - You will need to schedule an appointment through Morpho Trust to have your LiveScan finger prints taken.  To schedule the appointment, please use the following link: http://www.identogo.com/FP/California.aspx

  1. Enter the SCA’s ORI number which is AI200 and click “GO”. 
  2. In the drop down menu select “Employee 11105.3 PC” and click “GO”.
  3. Enter the DOJ Billing number which is 154033 and click “GO”. 
  4. For the question that asks “Do you require a Federal/FBI Background Check?” Select “NO” and click “GO”. 
  5. And complete the remaining steps.

Please contact SCA for fee reimbursement details if you are asked to pay for your background check at any point.

**Please notify easybackgrounds via email at research@easybackgrounds.com when you have scheduled your appointment**

For members that are not currently in CA - You will need to visit your local police department and obtain a set of fingerprints.

Once you have obtained your set of finger prints you will need to mail the following to the California Department of Justice:

  • Set of finger prints obtained from local police department.
  • Completed copy of the form that you received in your email with instructions (APPLICATION TO OBTAIN COPY OF STATE SUMMARY CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD).A personal check drawn on a U.S. bank, money order, certified check, or cashier's check for $25.00 made payable to the California Department of Justice (Please contact The SCA for fee reimbursement details).
    • Reason for application section should state: “AmeriCorp volunteer for The Student Conservation Association, ORI # AI200

Mail the three above items to:

California Department of Justice
Record Review Unit
P.O. Box 903417
Sacramento, CA 94203-4170

**Please notify easybackgrounds via email at research@easybackgrounds.com when you have mailed your finger prints to the CA Departent of Justice**

Delaware

Fingerprinting for a State Repository Check in Delaware can only be done in 3 locations and there is no option for this to be done if you are not in the state.

If you are from Delaware, please be sure to get your fingerprints taken before leaving for your position. If you will be serving in Delaware, please plan to be fingerprinted once you arrive.

Forms are obtained at the location, and you can choose who should receive the results when completing the consent and fingerprint forms. Please have the results sent to:

easyBackgrounds
10 Main St, PO Box 952
Newfields, NH 03856

What you need to bring:

Photo Identification, such as a valid driver's license or State ID (from any state)

Fee:

$52.50*

*SCA will reimburse your payment. If you have trouble paying that amount and waiting for reimbursement, please contact SCA as soon as possible.

Payment Options:

Payment options are cash (except Sussex County), credit or debit cards, certified checks, money orders, or company checks made out to Delaware State Police. We do not accept American Express or personal checks.

Locations:

Kent County (no appointment needed)

The office is located at 655 South Bay Road, Suite 1B, Dover, DE 19901, in the Blue Hen Corporate Center. Enter the road between Kent County Levy Court and Firestone, then follow the fingerprint signs.

Hours of operation are:

  • Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sussex County (by appointment only)

The office is located at Delaware State Police Troop 4, in Georgetown, on the corner of Shortly Road and Route 113, across from Motor Vehicle Department.

Hours of operation are:

  • Every other Wednesday, from Noon to 6:30 p.m.
  • To schedule an appointment call 302-739-2528, or toll free in DE at 1-800-464-4357
  • CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED at this location

New Castle County (by appointment only)

The office is located at Delaware State Police Troop 2, on Route 40, in Bear, just west of the Fox Run Shopping Center, between routes 72 and 896.

The hours of operation are:

  • Mon, Wed, Thurs, and Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
  • To schedule an appointment call 302-739-2528, or toll free in DE at 1-800-464-4357

If you need any other information regarding a certified criminal history, please call 302-739-5884 or visit http://dsp.delaware.gov/StateBureauofIdentification.shtml

**Please notify easybackgrounds via email at research@easybackgrounds.com when you have scheduled your appointment**


Louisiana

Fingerprinting for a State Repository Check in Louisiana can be done most easily in Baton Rouge, but there is a mail in option for anyone doing these checks elsewhere (including other states).

To complete the State Repository Check in Baton Rouge:

You can obtain same day results by going to the Baton Rouge office directly between 8-3PM. No appointment is required.

Location:
7919 Independence Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Fees:
$26.00*

*SCA will reimburse your payment. If you have trouble paying that amount and waiting for reimbursement, please contact SCA as soon as possible.

If outside of Baton Rouge, all requests can be done at local law enforcement agency and mailed. You may need to make an appointment. Please call your local law enforcement agency and let them know that you need to be fingerprinted for a volunteer opportunity to find out what your next steps will be.

Once you are fingerprinted, compile the following:

And mail it to:

Louisiana State Police
Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information
P.O. Box 66614 (Mail Slip A-6)
Baton Rouge, LA 70896

**Please notify easybackgrounds via email at research@easybackgrounds.com when you have mailed your finger prints**

Nevada

Fingerprinting for the state repository in Nevada need to be completed at your local law enforcement agency and mailed in.

Complete page 3 of this form and follow the instruction below:

  • Obtain fingerprints on standard FBI (FD-258) from certified fingerprinting technician local police or stage police barracks.
  • Include fee of $23.50 in the form of money order or certified check (no personal checks accepted), made payable to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Staple all three items together and mail them to:

Department of Public Safety
General Services Division
Attn: Fingerprint Support Unit
33 West Nye Lane, Suite 100
Carson City, Nevada 89706

Fee:
$23.50*

*SCA will reimburse your payment. If you have trouble paying that amount and waiting for reimbursement, please contact SCA as soon as possible.

**Please notify easybackgrounds via email at research@easybackgrounds.com when you have mailed your finger prints**


South Dakota

Fingerprints for the state repository in South Dakota need to be completed at your local law enforcement agency and mailed in, but must be completed on a South Dakota fingerprint card. You can order this fingerprint card through the DCI Identification Section at no cost by calling (605) 773-3331.

  • You complete all information on the card and have finger prints taken at your local police station or state police barracks.
  • You must also complete the authorization and Release Form.
  • Fee of $24 must be sent along with the fingerprint card and signed authorization.

Fee:

$24.00 check or money order, NO Cash*

*SCA will reimburse your payment. If you have trouble paying that amount and waiting for reimbursement, please contact SCA as soon as possible.

**Please notify easybackgrounds via email at research@easybackgrounds.com when you have mailed your finger prints**

Utah

Your criminal history results can either be requested in person or you can have your finger prints taken at a local law enforcement agency and mail in an application requesting the results.

In Person:

Individuals may come into our office and obtain a copy of their own Utah criminal history.

Location:

Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84129
Phone: 801-965-4445

Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding weekends and state holidays.

What to bring:

  • Fee is $15.00, payable in cash, personal check, VISA or MasterCard, money order, or cashier's check.
  • A valid form of government issued picture ID must accompany the request. Utah Driving Privilege Cards will NOT be accepted as valid ID.

Mail in Option:

Have your fingerprints taken at the your local law enforcement agency and complete the two forms below.

Application for Criminal History

Utah Third party release form

Mail your fingerprints, fee and application to:

UTAH BUREAU OF CRIMINAL IDENTIFICATION
3888 West 5400 South
Taylorsville, Utah 84129

For more information, please call the Bureau of Criminal Identification at 801-965-4445

Fee:
$15.00*

*SCA will reimburse your payment. If you have trouble paying that amount and waiting for reimbursement, please contact SCA as soon as possible.

**Please notify easybackgrounds via email at research@easybackgrounds.com when you have mailed your finger prints**

West Virginia

For fingerprinting for the state repository in West Virginia, you can go through an online portal and locations within the stated or mail in your fingerprint cards.

1. To have schedule an appointment using the online system, you must go through this website: https://wv.l1enrollment.com/OpenNetworkPortal/spring/customer?execution=e1s1

Follow the steps below:

  • Make an Appointment
  • Request a WV Personal Record Check
  • Fill out your information
  • If prompted to enter an address to send the results please list:

easyBackgrounds
10 Main St, PO Box 952
Newfields, NH 03856

2. If you cannot schedule an appointment using the online system:

  • Mail in print cards, fee and application to:

MorphoTrust
West Virginia Cardscan
3051 Hollis Drive, Suite 310
Springfield IL 62704

Fees: $28.85*

*SCA will reimburse your payment. If you have trouble paying that amount and waiting for reimbursement, please contact SCA as soon as possible.

Prepayment options: check and credit card (Visa and MasterCard);

Onsite payment options: personal check, credit card (Visa and MasterCard) and money order.

**Please notify easybackgrounds via email at research@easybackgrounds.com when you have scheduled your appointment**

 

Wyoming

Fingerprinting for the Wyoming state repository can be done by going to your local state agency and being fingerprinted using the standard print card.

Please be sure to list the following as your employer so that the results are sent directly to us:

easyBackgrounds
10 Main St, PO Box 952
Newfields, NH 03856

Mail in finger print card and fee to:

Office of Attorney General
Attn: ATS
208 S. College Dr.
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Fee: $15.00*

*SCA will reimburse your payment. If you have trouble paying that amount and waiting for reimbursement, please contact SCA as soon as possible.

Payment options: Certified check or money order payable to the: Office of the Attorney General. No personal checks or credit cards are accepted.

**Please notify easybackgrounds via email at research@easybackgrounds.com when you have mailed your finger prints**

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