Nebraska Now Offering Online Criminal History Background Checks

Gov. Dave Heineman today announced that Nebraska criminal history background check requests are now available online through the Nebraska State Patrol.

“This new service will allow citizens with computer access and the proper information to request a name-only criminal history check anytime day or night,” said Gov. Heineman. “This is just one more example of how state government is providing more efficient, faster services for our citizens.”

Previously Nebraskans requesting a name-only criminal history background check would need to submit their request in person, through the mail or by fax. Response to the request could take three to 10 days depending on mail service.

“More than 75 percent of the individuals who request name-only criminal history checks do not have a criminal background,” said Col. David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “By automating this service, those individuals will receive an immediate response. At the same time we will speed up the process for others whose request may need more research.”

With the new online site Nebraskans needing a name-only criminal history background check need only log onto and provide the requested information. A credit card will be required as a form of payment for the $18.00 fee.

Convenient features of the online service include:
  • Online 24x7x365: Individuals and businesses checking for criminal history in Nebraska can access the self-serve portal to input requests anytime, from their home or office.
  • No Record Instant Response: Can be downloaded, saved or printed from receipt page. Available for up to 14 days from fulfillment of request.
  • Electronic Notifications: Customer receives email notifications of status changes on requests requiring further research.

In 2012, the Nebraska State Patrol processed 33,337 requests for name-only criminal history background checks. Since 2009, more than 128,000 requests have been processed.

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