Rhode Island Information

 

Criminal Records Requirements for the State of Rhode Island                                                                                                                                                 

Name of Agency:    Office of Attorney General -  Bureau of Criminal Identification
Address:  

150 South Main Street Providence, RI 02903

Website:  
Contact:   Deputy Frank
Position:  
Phone Number:   401-274-4400
Email:  

Procedure:   

By Mail:

  • A signed and notarized release formdownload here.
  • A copy of a valid form of photo identification. Examples of acceptable identification include:
    • Valid state issued driver’s license
    • Valid state issued identification card
    • Valid United States passport
  • Check or money order for $5.00, payable to “BCI.” Credit cards and cash not accepted by mail.
  • Self-addressed, stamped envelope for return

Please allow seven (7) business days for return 

For Third Party:

  • A release to the third-party (Signed by the third-party and notarized). Please click here for the release. If you are a company, please attach the disclaimer to your company header.
  • Attached copy of one of the following valid forms of photo identification:
  • Valid state issued driver’s license
  • Valid state issued identification card
  • Valid United States passport
  • Check, money order, or credit card if presenting at BCI window. Check or money order if mailed.
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope for return (if mailed)

Please Note: One state background check per person at the BCI window. If you require state background checks for multiple individuals, please consider sending in the mail. Otherwise, you will be required to drop them off to be picked up when completed by BCI staff.

Law Enforcement Agency:  
Turn Around Time:   Please allow seven (7) business days for return
Successful challenge:   Clearance letter obtained to be carried by victim
Cost:    $5