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Washington, D.C. 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 District of Columbia, 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 (or visit websites) listed below to learn how to access the specific background check information you're seeking. Public record information may be accessible online, by phone, mail, or in person.

It's always best to call before sending written inquiries in order to obtain the exact address and ordering information.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WEB SITE:
http://www.dc.gov/

Attorney General
http://oag.dc.gov

Archives
http://dcpl.dc.gov/dcpl/cwp/view.asp?A=11&Q=567885

Legislation Records
http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/legislation

Criminal Records
Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters
300 Indiana Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-727-4245
http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/site/default.asp

Vehicle Ownership Information
Department of Motor Vehicles
Government of the District of Columbia
PO Box 90120
Washington, DC 20090
202-737-4404
http://dmv.dc.gov/main.shtm

Vital Statistics (marriage/divorce/birth/death)
Health Department-Vital Records Division
825 North Capitol Street NE, First Floor
Washington, DC 20002
202-671-5000
http://doh.dc.gov/doh/cwp/view,a,1374,q,580849,dohNav_GID,1802,dohNav,%7C33200%7C33240%7C.asp

Workers Compensation
Office of Labor Management Programs
441 4th Street NW, Ste 1150 North
Washington, DC 20001
202-727-4999
http://olmp.dc.gov/olmp/site/default.asp

Business/Corporate Records
UCC/Tax Liens
Office of the Secretary
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 419
Washington, DC 20004
202-727-6306
http://os.dc.gov

Civil Records
DC Superior Court Civil Clerk's Office
Moultrie Courthouse
500 Indiana Ave,
NW Washington, DC 20001
208-334-2246
https://www.dccourts.gov/dccourts/superior/publicaccess_help.jsp