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UCIA Fingerprint-Based Background Check Requests

Reasons why you may want to use an Illinois UCIA Fingerprint Request

  1. Employment purposes
  2. Volunteer work
  3. Work or travel abroad
  4. Adoption
  5. Self-check

The Illinois State Uniform Conviction Information Act (UCIA) fingerprint-based background check provides an opportunity for individuals or employers to obtain criminal history information on file with the State of Illinois. Results of this check are mailed directly to the requesting agency or individual by the Illinois State Police (ISP).

A fingerprint-based background check returns more accurate and complete results than a non-biometric, name-based check. Fingerprint-based checks eliminate the risk associated with background checks in which an individual may have a common name, may use an alias, or may indicate a false date-of-birth – any of which could adversely affect the results of a non-biometric background check of the ISP’s computerized criminal history record files.

Illinois UCIA Law allows any individual to access personal criminal history record conviction information on file with the Illinois State Police pursuant to a fingerprint submission. The response received will contain all conviction data collected and maintained by the Illinois State Police. An individual may grant permission to send the response to another individual or entity, such as an employer, by listing the individual party as the requestor.

Note, the UCIA check only returns Illinois conviction information. For complete record information, an individual can request an Illinois Access and Review check. Both UCIA and Access and Review checks are a “snapshot” in time, and do not provide updated criminal history information when a record is amended.

For Illinois UCIA for individuals, follow the simple steps below:

  1. Fill Out Form: A Fingerprint Authorization Form is available by clicking here. The form is also available at all Accurate Biometrics fingerprint locations and can be completed onsite.
    • Complete the form with your personal information.
    • Enter your personal information and the mailing address to where you want the results to be mailed.

  2. Find the closest Accurate Biometrics fingerprint location and its hours of operation by clicking here. No appointments necessary at any of our sites!

  3. What to Bring: Bring the completed form, a valid government issued, photo ID (such as a driver’s license, State ID or passport) and approved form of payment*.

  4. A receipt will be provided after fingerprinting that includes the name, date and Transaction Control Number (TCN). The TCN is used for tracking your transaction. Please retain this receipt that includes your TCN number in case there are any follow up questions regarding your fingerprint submission.

  5. The results will be mailed out in a large white envelope from the Illinois State Police to individuals. Results should be received within 15 days. For urgent matters, results may be able to be picked up at the Illinois State Police Background Check Division, 260 N Chicago St, Joliet, IL 60432. Call for details at 815-740-5160, ext. 2.

  6. If you do not receive your results in 15 days, you must call the ISP at 815-740-5160, ext. 2, to have them resend your reponse. Results expire 30 days after the fingerprints are received and processed at the ISP.

*Price: The cost of the name check is $40.00. We do not accept cash or personal checks. All Major credit cards and money orders are accepted. Click here to view complete list of payment terms.*

Illinois UCIA Law allows any company, agency or 3rd party to access personal criminal history record conviction information on file with the Illinois State Police (ISP). The UCIA is also commonly used by 3rd parties to receive CHRI information that do not have access to fingerprint-based CHRI information under current Illinois law. Examples of those who use this check are landlords, those looking for caregivers or household help, pre-employment and social networking. The response received will contain all conviction data collected and maintained by the Illinois State Police. An individual may grant permission to send the response to another individual or entity, such as an employer, by listing the individual party as the requester.

Special user agreement pricing available for those agencies wishing to conduct multiple inquiries. Please contact our Account Management Team at 773-685-5832 or jmester@accuratebiometrics.com to get details on saving money for your agency or organization.

For Illinois UCIA for companies, organizations or 3rd party requestors, follow the simple steps below:

  1. Fill Out Form: A Fingerprint Authorization Form is available by clicking here. The form is also available at all Accurate Biometrics fingerprint locations and can be completed onsite.
    • Complete the form with your personal information.
    • Enter the correct Requestor information (name of Requestor and correct mailing address to whom the results are to be mailed by the Illinois State Police).

  2. Find the closest Accurate Biometrics fingerprint location and its hours of operation by clicking here. No appointments necessary at any of our sites!

  3. What to Bring: Bring the completed form, a valid government issued, photo ID (such as a driver’s license, State ID or passport) and approved form of payment*.

  4. A receipt will be provided after fingerprinting that includes the name, date and Transaction Control Number (TCN). The TCN is used for tracking your transaction. Please retain this receipt that includes your TCN number in case there are any follow up questions regarding your fingerprint submission.

  5. Your results will be sent to the person requesting them on the form you presented.
    • The results will be mailed out in a large white envelope from the Illinois State Police or the third party results will be sent through CHIRP to ISP UCIA account holders.
    • Results should be received within 15 days.

  6. If you do not receive your results in 15 days, you must call the ISP at 815-740-5160, ext. 2, to have them resend your reponse. Results expire 30 days after the fingerprints are received and processed at the ISP.

*Price: Our walk-in cost of fingerprinting is $40.00, unless an Accurate Biometrics user agreement is in place. We do not accept cash or personal checks. All Major credit cards and money orders are accepted. Click here to view complete list of payment terms.*

Illinois UCIA Law allows any company, agency or 3rd party to access personal criminal history record conviction information on file with the Illinois State Police (ISP). The UCIA is also commonly used by 3rd parties to receive CHRI information that do not have access to fingerprint-based CHRI information under current Illinois law. Examples of those who use this check are landlords, those looking for caregivers or household help, pre-employment and social networking. The response received will contain all conviction data collected and maintained by the Illinois State Police. An individual may grant permission to send the response to another individual or entity, such as an employer, by listing the individual party as the requester.

Special user agreement pricing available for those agencies wishing to conduct multiple inquiries. Please contact our Account Management Team at 773-685-5832 or jmester@accuratebiometrics.com to get details on saving money for your agency or organization.

Accurate Biometrics is a trusted live scan fingerprint provider with nearly 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. Call our Customer Support team at 866-361-9944 if you have any questions, or email us at info@accuratebiometrics.com.

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Resources

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