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Illinois Volunteers

The National Child Protection Act (NCPA) allows volunteer individuals, groups and organizations access to State and FBI criminal history records information. This background check is recommended for all those working with vulnerable populations including children, the elderly and the disabled.

Accurate Biometrics provides access to State and FBI fingerprint-based background checks, which are the most comprehensive criminal history records database checks. Results of the background check are returned to the agency or organization by the Illinois State Police.

Volunteer groups will need to contact the Illinois State Police to issue an Originating Requester Identification (ORI) Number if the organization does not already have one. An ORI number is required before applicants can be fingerprinted for a background check.

Please contact the Account Management Team at 773-685-5832 to learn how to obtain an ORI and set up an account. Once an account is established, Accurate Biometrics will provide a customized fingerprinting form for the organization that the applicants will need to bring for fingerprinting.

Accurate Biometrics is a trusted live scan fingerprint provider with over 20 years of experience. We offer fast, convenient walk-in service at over 40 locations in Illinois. Let us help you navigate the background check process.

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The National Child Protection Act of 1993 (NCPA), Public Law 103-209, specifically permits qualified entities to submit fingerprint based Illinois State Police (ISP) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history record inquiries regarding individuals that provide care, treatment, education, training, instruction, supervision or recreation to children, the elderly or people with disabilities. For the full NCPA law, visit https://www.congress.gov/bill/103rd-congress/house-bill/1237

Who should use the National Child Protection and Volunteers for Children Act?
  • After School Programs (YMCA/YWCA, Child Development Centers, Teen REACH Programs,etc.)
  • Instructional/Recreational (art, music, dance, language and technology)
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
  • Youth Groups (Boy/Girl Scouts, Big Brother/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.)
  • Youth Outreach Programs (Homeless Youth, Juvenile Justice, Gang Intervention, Counseling and Prevention Services, etc.)

The following name-based checks are also available through the Illinois State Police website and should also be conducted in addition to fingerprint-based checks:

Visit the Illinois State Police Sex Offender Registry here: https://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/

Violent Offender Against Youth Registry: http://www.isp.state.il.us/crimhistory/chri.cfm

Tips on Managing Successful Volunteer Programs from the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service: