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Vermont Background Check Resources

Background checks are governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most state laws concerning public records and background checks are very liberal and straightforward. In the State of Vermont, public records are readily available to anyone wishing to obtain them through appropriate official state agency channels. Background checks are instrumental in the parties' ability to enter into various legally binding contracts, and as such, are always a good idea. Background checks generally require a written permission prior to performing the inquiry. Occasionally, it is possible to obtain such reports without permission, but the results may lack in-depth details.

If the background check adversely affects the consumer, the party accessing public records must provide a copy of the report and a summary of the consumer's rights under FCRA, and allow the consumer reasonable time to contest the report. Due to the increasing threat of identity theft, some states (i. e. California) may now require the employer to provide a copy of the background check report to the consumer regardless of its content.

Call the telephone numbers listed below (or visit the listed websites) to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public information may be accessible online or by phone, mail or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

(802) 828-1110


Governor's Office

Attorney General's Office

Legislative Records

State Archives

Criminal Records
Vermont State Repository
Criminal Information Center
103 S. Main St.
Waterbury VT 05671-2101
(802) 244-8727
(802) 244-5552 (fax)

Vermont Criminal Information Center

Department of Corrections

Driving Records
Department of Motor Vehicles
DI Records Unit
120 State St.
Montpelier VT 05603
(802) 828-2050
(802) 828-2098 (fax)

Vehicle Ownership Information
Department of Motor Vehicles
Registration & License Information
120 State St.
Montpelier VT 05603
(802) 828-2000
(802) 828-2872 (fax)

Vital Statistics
(birth, death, divorce, marriage)
Reference & Research
Vital Records Section
US Route 2
Drawer 33
Montpelier VT 05633-7601
(802) 828-3286
(802) 828-3710 (fax)

Business/Corporate Records
Secretary of State
Corporation Division
109 State St.
Montpelier VT 05609-1101
(802) 828-2386
(802) 828-2853 (fax)

Trade Names

Workers Compensation Information
Labor and Industry
Workers Compensation Division
Drawer 20
Montpelier VT 05602-3401
(802) 828-2286
(802) 828-2195 (fax)

UCCs [tax liens available only at local level]
Secretary of State
UCC Division
109 State St
Montpelier VT 05609
(802) 828-2386
(802) 828-2853 (fax)

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain exact addressing/ordering information.

Note: Government agencies are continually updating and expanding online access to their records; consequently, this page is continually updated and expanded. Check back for the latest information!

City-County Cross Index

Addison County
94 Main St.
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-4041

Bennington County
205 South St.
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-1043

Caledonia County
27 Main
P.O. Box 4129
Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819-4129
(802) 748-6600

Chittenden County
149 Church St.
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 865-7000

City of Burlington Property Tax Assessor

Essex County
P.O. Box 27
Guildhall, VT 05905
(802) 676-3910

Franklin County
P.O. Box 808
Saint Albans, VT 05478-0808
(802) 524-3863

Grand Isle County
P.O. Box 38
North Hero Town, VT 05474-0038
(802) 372-6926

Lamoille County
P.O. Box 98
Hyde Park, VT 05655-0098
(802) 888-2300

Orange County
P.O. Box 266
Chelsea, VT 05038-0266
(802) 685-4460

Orleans County
247 Main St.
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-3355

Rutland County
83 Center St.
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-4394

Washington County
39 Main St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-9500

Windham County
P.O. Box 36
Newfane, VT 05345-0036
(802) 365-7772

Windsor County
31 The Green
Woodstock, VT 05091
(802) 457-3611