Background Checks

Background (BCI) / Criminal Record Check & Fingerprinting Guidelines


Under state and federal laws the South Kingstown Police Department is required to perform Background (BCI) / Criminal Record Checks as well as fingerprinting for individuals seeking employment, licensing or a position with varying businesses and agencies throughout the state of Rhode Island. The following are guidelines to obtain the BCI / record check and/or fingerprints at the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Fingerprinting


Only South Kingstown residents or those seeking employment or a position with a South Kingstown business or agency can be fingerprinted at the South Kingstown Police Department. Any applicable fees are highlighted in green. Checks and Money Orders should be written to "Town of South Kingstown."

South Kingstown residents who have fingerprint cards supplied by their employer that only require prints taken (no background check) will be accommodated during background check hours. There is no fee for this.

Preventing Delays


There are unpredictable circumstances that may delay the actual process of fingerprinting once at the police department. Please call ahead to ensure officers are available during the hours listed below. Call 401-783-3321, dial "0" for dispatch.
  • Monday and Friday: 8 a.m. - Noon
  • Wednesday: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
To expedite the process, print and complete the Background (BCI) - Criminal Record Check Form (PDF). Submit this form with 2 forms of IDs to the dispatcher at the South Kingstown Police Department.

Any category not highlighted in yellow may require an individual to respond to the RI State Police or RI Attorney General's Office for fingerprinting. The areas highlighted in yellow are the only reasons or categories that an individual can be fingerprinted at their local police department.
Category or Reason for Fingerprints in Conjunction with a BCI / Criminal Record Check Attorney General RI State Police Local Police Fee or No Fee
Volunteers / Mentors / Intern (No Prints)

X
No Fee
Foster Care
X
X
No Fee
Child Care / Day Care (Employees Only)
X
X
No Fee
Massage Therapists
X
X
$36
Mental Health Employees (SSMH, Butler, etc.)
X
X
$36
Adoption
X
X
$36
Firefighters X
X
X
$36
Medical Marijuana Caregivers X
X
X
$36
DCYF Employees X
X
X
$36
School Employees (Public and Private) X
X
X
$36
Bus Drivers and Monitors X
X
X
$36
Lottery Employment / Vendors X
X

*Variable
Department of Business Regulations X


*Variable
Financial / Alarm Companies X


*Variable
Private Security Companies X


*Variable
Pre-schools X


*Variable
Nursery Schools X


*Variable
Precious Metals / Tools and Electronics X


$50
Nurses X


*Variable
Health Care / Nursing Facilities / Adult Day Care X


*Variable
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) X


*Variable
Child Care / Day Care (Operators and Owners Only) X


*Variable
*Some fees with the Attorney General's Office can vary.