Under the federal law, all child care staff, volunteers, adults living in family child care homes and other adults who may have unsupervised access to children must undergo a comprehensive criminal background check.

If you are from a state agency and need to request an interstate background check, choose from the below to get appropriate contact information:

Interstate Criminal Background Check

New Jersey State Police
Criminal Information Unit

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 7068
West Trenton, NJ 08628

Instructions: If you need a background check within the state of New Jersey but are no longer a resident, please email the Division of State Police, Criminal Information Unit, at [email protected] Opens in new window. We will supply you with a package, including a fingerprint card and full instructions. In the event you are unable to email you may call 609-882-2000 ext. 2918

If you are an out of state applicant but live, work, or attend school within a 10-mile radius of the New Jersey borders, you must report to an IDEMIA site to be fingerprinted. Please check the following list of zip codes Opens in new window. If your zip code is on the list, you must go to the nearest NEW JERSEY IDEMIA site to obtain a fingerprint based background check. 

Named-Based Only Criminal History Record Checks

The SBI 212B Form was developed to provide the following entities with the ability to request named-based only criminal history record checks by submitting a subject's name, date of birth, social security number, and other descriptive information:

  • Governmental entities of this state, the federal government or any other state for any official governmental purposes, including, but not limited to, employment, licensing, and the procurement of services;
  • A person or non-governmental entity of any state, that seeks to directly engage the services of the subject of the record, for purposes of determining the subject's qualifications for employment, volunteer work or other performance of services;
  • Private detectives, licensed by the Division of State Police, for the purposes of obtaining information pursuant to their statutorily authorized functions.

If an authorized requester elects to conduct a more thorough check, based on fingerprint comparison, he/she may use Universal Fingerprint Form D. These responses will go directly back to the employer address that was listed on the Universal Form completed by the applicant.

SBI 212B requests can now be submitted online at https://www.njportal.com/njsp/212b/ Opens in new window

The fee for an SBI 212B online submission is $20, payable by credit or debit card. Valid email addresses must be provided for both the requester (employer) and subject (employee) of the name-based criminal history record check. Payment can be made by either the requester (employer) or the subject (employee), but the subject must consent to the criminal history record check via the online verification process (with the exception of licensed private detectives performing their statutorily authorized functions.) The requester (employer) must initiate the online 212B process for the specific subject (employee). The subject (employee) can NOT initiate the process for the requester (employer).

The fee for online submissions by volunteer organizations (as defined below) is reduced to $12.

Licensed private detectives will need to setup an account on the website prior to submitting SBI 212B requests.

SBI 212B Forms MAY NOT be used for a person requesting his/her own criminal history record. Anyone wishing to receive his/her own record must submit fingerprints by utilizing Form A or B above, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 13:59-1 et seq.

Further questions regarding obtaining criminal history record background checks or noncriminal justice licensing/employment checks should be directed to the Criminal Information Unit at 609-882-2000 ext. 2918.

Forms: Via fingerprint within 10 miles https://njsp.org/criminal-history-records/pdf/2019a_universformd.pdf Opens in new window

Fees: $20.00 name check, $42.80 fingerprint

National Fingerprint File (NFF) State: Yes

National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact State: Yes

Interstate Sex Offender Registry (SOR) Check

New Jersey State Police

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 7068
West Trenton, NJ 08628
Instructions: See website for instructions and terms and conditions of use.

Forms: N/A

Fees: N/A

Interstate Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Registry Check

NJ Department of Children & Families
Record Inquiry Program

Mailing Address
50 E. State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08625-0717

Instructions: To file an Out of State CARI application, visit https://www.njportal.com/dcf/cari Opens in new window then click the “File an Out of State CARI” button.

Out of State CARI Requests must be based on the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, the Hague Convention requirements, the Universal Accreditation Act (UAA) of 2012, or a law/statute/regulation from your state that requires the NJ DCF CARI Unit to process the CARI request. All requests must be electronically submitted with the correct requesting agency contact information.

How to obtain an Out-of-State CARI Background Check:

  • Please cite the statute that requires you to obtain the child abuse/neglect background check(s) and identify the reason for the background check(s) (i.e. employment, domestic/international adoption for resource (foster) care.
  • If other than an Adam Walsh, Hague Convention, or UAA of 2012 request, include a copy of the state statute which compels the disclosure of CARI information.
  • The information that the CARI Unit requires on the individual includes all aliases (married, maiden names, nicknames), race, date of birth, and all addresses where the person(s) resided while living in the State of New Jersey. Please include timeframe (months/years) when the individual lived in New Jersey. If the exact address is not known by the individual, the city or county that he/she lived in during the timeframe will suffice. Social security number is optional.
  • Identify the individual making the request, job title and phone number.
  • Private adoption and foster care agencies must provide the agency license from the state where they are located.
  • Please have the contact information for the requesting agency to submit your application. There are no fees for this background check.  Completed CARIs will be processed accordingly and returned to the requesting entity.

County Administered Registry or Centralized Registry: State Centralized Registry – NJ Child Abuse Registry maintained by the Department of Children and Families

Forms: Online CARI Application

Fees: There is no fee for Out of State CARI applications

Description of information that may be included in a response to a CAN registry check: If it is determined that a CARI applicant does not have a record of a substantiated incident of child abuse/neglect, an email notification will be sent to the requesting agency informing them of a “No Record” result. Conversely, if it is determined that a CARI applicant does have a record of a substantiation of child abuse/neglect, a formal letter will be sent by the CARI Unit to the requesting agency informing them of the result.

Definition of Substantiated: A preponderance of the evidence establishes that a child is an abused or neglected child as defined by N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.21 and either the investigation indicates the existence of any Absolutely Substantiating Circumstances; or substantiation is warranted based on consideration of the aggravating and mitigating factors.