Washington State Department of Financial Institutions

Purpose of Fingerprint
Background Checks

Federal Law (Title 28, C.F.R., 50.12 (b)) requires the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) to notify individuals subject to a fingerprint-based background check of the purpose of the fingerprint check and the method to correct errors on the FBI identification record.

  1. About Background Checks
    In order to determine a person’s character and fitness, DFI requires a background check based upon the individual’s fingerprints. These background checks are required by several state laws, including RCW 18.44, RCW 19.146 and RCW 31.04.
  2. About Fingerprint Usage
    Your fingerprints will be used to check the criminal history record files that are kept by the Washington State patrol (WSP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  3. Challenging Accuracy of Background Checks
    If you believe the results of your background check are not complete or are incorrect, you have an opportunity to complete or challenge the accuracy of the information as described below:
    1. Washington State Patrol (WSP):
      Challenging the accuracy of background check results with the WSP
    2. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI):
      Challenging the accuracy of your background check results with the FBI.
  4. FBI Privacy Act Statement
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation Privacy Act Statement is available at several places on DFI’s website:

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