Do Internet checks Wisconsin’s Background
cost more? Checks Available On-line
The cost of the check is less if done Criminal background checks for Wisconsin
online. A $5.00 surcharge is legislatively are available over the internet.
mandated for background checks re-
quested by mail or fax. To access this information online, you must
Fees for online background checks are: have the following:
DOJ General Requests • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher or
Netscape Navigator version 6.1 or higher
• $2 for non-profit organizations 1
• $5 for government organizations
• Active record check account and valid PIN or
Master Card or Visa
• $13 for general public requests
Caregiver or Daycare Requests 2
• our URL: http://wi-recordcheck.org
• $5 for non-profit organizations 1
If you do not have an account, you may find
application forms at our website: Record Check
• $8 for government organizations
• $16 for general public requests
Forms to request criminal background checks
by mail may also be found at the website.
As requestor status cannot be verified for credit
card requests, all credit card requests are
charged the rate for “general public requests”.
If you have questions, contact:
Any agency claiming non-profit status must provide the Crime General Information: 608-266-7780
Information Bureau with a copy of their non-profit tax exempt
documentation from the Internal Revenue Service in the form Website Problems 608-264-6363
of a 501(c)(3) declaration. DHFS (caregiver/daycare) 608-243-3036
Daycare ID Number 608-266-9314
Includes $3 fee for the Department of Health and Family
Services. These background checks will include responses
from DHFS which are required for Wisconsin caregiver and
daycare providers. This fee will be included in your monthly
statement from the Department of Justice. Payments for both
Wisconsin Department of Justice
fees should be made to the Department of Justice.
Crime Information Bureau
Record Check Unit J.B. VAN HOLLEN
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2688 Attorney General
Madison, WI 53701-2688
Phone: 608-266-7314 Wisconsin Department of Justice
• Manual Intervention-based on the information
What information can be accessed entered, an exact determination cannot be im- Can I get Criminal History
over the Internet? mediately made. DOJ staff will review to de- Information from the FBI?
termine which reply, if any, to return. Your
response is normally available on your Previous
Adult criminal history information is public re- Order screen the next business day. The Volunteers for Children Act allows Qualified
cord in the State of Wisconsin. Anyone may Entities to receive criminal history information
obtain this information provided they pay the fee from the FBI when fingerprint cards are submit-
Inquiries done online are available on your Previous
established by the Wisconsin Legislature. ted. Most agencies that work with any type of
Order screen for 30 days from the date of request.
protected population qualify for these national
Access to juvenile information is restricted by checks.
statute and is available online only for daycare
background checks. To conduct a daycare check, The fee for these checks is $34.25 for employees
you must have a valid daycare ID number as- Can Caregiver and Daycare or $30.25 for volunteers. Add $3 if you need a
signed by the Department of Health and Family Checks be done online? caregiver or daycare response.
Services. You must enter this number when you
logon and select Daycare as your request type. Forms to register as a Qualified Entity may be
found at www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/forms.
The general public is prohibited by law from Yes. All agencies, the Department of Justice, the
Departments of Health and Family Services and
accessing juvenile information.
Regulation and Licensing will respond online.
Which agencies respond and databases searched for
Other Sources of Information
any given request depends on the request type.
• Disposition Information (if not submitted)
How can I get criminal records • Circuit Court Automation Program
from other states?
• Arresting Law Enforcement Agency
• Prosecuting District Attorney
Release of criminal history information from other http://wilenet.org/html/directory/agency.pdf
states are governed by the laws of each state. Some • Circuit Court in which complaint is filed
states release information similar to Wisconsin, www.wicourts.gov/contact/directories.htm
Internet request name entry screen
some states release no information, and other states • DHFS Caregiver Information
Responses you may receive (click on response to may fall somewhere in between. • General Information
view, print using browser print button): www.dhfs.state.wi.us/caregiver/index.htm
To assist you in keeping up with procedures in all
• No Criminal History-statement that no criminal states, information regarding criminal history re- • Misconduct Registry
history found. lease policies may be found at:
• Prohibited Offense List
• Review CIB Record-criminal history record. www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/code/hfs/hfs012_app_a.pdf
• Juvenile Adjudication Report-report of juvenile http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/ sclist.asp • Regulation & Licensing Credential Query
adjudications (daycare only). www.drl.state.wi.us
• DHFS/DRL Results-reply from Department of • DWD Use of Arrest and Conviction Records
Health & Family Services/Department of www.dwd.state.wi.us/dwd/publications/2336_28a.htm
Regulation & Licensing (caregiver/daycare). • Wisconsin Statutes Online