The applicant is responsible for knowing who and where the background check results are to be sent.
No cash or personal checks. No credit/debit cards.
Money Order or Cashier's/Certified Check/Business Checks only.
1. Can I check to see if I have any criminal arrests or convictions through the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)?
Yes. Wyoming statutes contain a provision for a voluntary record check which enables any person to obtain a criminal record check on themselves from Wyoming and the Western Identification Network (WIN) states. The WIN states include: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, and provide that record to any person they designate. This does not include an FBI record check. This procedure requires the submission of an applicant fingerprint card. In addition, the applicant must also submit a fee which is also set by statute.
2. What if my record is not accurate?
Wyo.Stat. § 7-19-109 has information for the correction of a criminal history record and can be located here. This only pertains to arrests that occurred in Wyoming. For Federal arrests, or arrests within other states, you must contact that jurisdiction.
3. How much does it cost to check for a Wyoming criminal history?
For most applicants, the fee is $15 for the state of Wyoming which includes the Western Identification Network criminal history check. If an FBI criminal history check is performed (if allowed by state statute, and approved by the FBI) in addition to the state of Wyoming there is an additional fee of $24.00. While most non-criminal justice applicants are charged $15, fingerprint based criminal record checks for qualified volunteers, those where the applicant volunteers in an organization which provide volunteer services to youth or victims of family violence such as big brothers and big sisters and volunteers in safe houses for victims of family violence, are $10, and this is only a Wyoming/WIN background check. For persons who are fingerprinted at the Division of Criminal Investigation, there is a $5 fee for the fingerprinting service. If an FBI check is desired and DCI has no statutory authority to process this check, the individual must contact the FBI directly to request it. More information can be found at this link. Click here for instructions on background checks.
4. What agency do I make payment to?
Payment should be submitted by money order or cashier's check for the total amount of fees and made payable to: The Office of the Attorney General or DCI. CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED. No personal checks or credit cards are accepted. Please allow for ample time, as requests are processed on a first come basis. The address to submit payment to is DCI, Attn: ATS, 208 S. College Dr., Cheyenne, WY 82002.
5. How long does it take?
Wyoming criminal history record checks are generally completed within 2 weeks. However, depending on current monthly volume and the quality of the fingerprints submitted, it can take 5-6 weeks.
6. Why do I have to submit a fingerprint card?
All non-criminal justice searches for Wyoming criminal history records are based on positive identification through a fingerprint search. The applicants fingerprint images are compared to fingerprint images in the arrest files at the Division. This insures that any record released by the Division positively matches to the applicant fingerprints submitted, regardless of any name contained on the applicant fingerprint card or in the arrest record. A fingerprint card is a more accurate means of checking a record. With name changes and fraudulent identity documents widely available, the fingerprint card is the only sure method of checking for records.
7. Where can I be fingerprinted?
Applicants can arrange for fingerprinting at a local law enforcement agency or at DCI, 208 S. College Dr., in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Appointments can be made with the Division by calling 307-777-7181. Applicants desiring fingerprinting services from a local law enforcement agency should call the agency to determine what days or times they support fingerprinting services. The local agency should have the appropriate applicant fingerprint cards. In addition, an applicant must present a current government issued photo identification card, e.g. driver license, state identification card or passport, at the time of fingerprinting.
8. Where does the money for fingerprint checks go?
All fees submitted to the Division for a State of Wyoming records check are deposited into the State of Wyoming General Fund.