Nebraska criminal background checks have gone digital.
Businesses, agencies, individuals and others no longer have to request background checks by mail, FAX or in person. They can go online at the Nebraska State Patrol.
“In other words, a process that once took a week or 10 days is now streamlined for many into an automatic response, providing enhanced customer service,” Gov. Dave Heineman stated during a news conference today.
Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol said the service is offered as a convenience.
“The whole intent here is to try and make this process easier for folks,” Sankey said. “Individuals that are looking to hire a prospective employee can find out almost instantly if that employee has a criminal record or not, because if they don’t have a record, which is 75% of the time, they’re going to find out right away.”
It is a convenience that comes at a bit of a cost. Accessing the online service will cost $18, $3 more than using conventional methods.
These are so-called “name only” criminal history background checks. To make a background check request, go to ne.gov/go/crime_report. A credit card is required for payment.
The Nebraska State Patrol processed more than 33,000 requests for name only criminal history background checks last year. The patrol reports that since 2009, more than 128,000 requests have been processed.