Notification of Background Check Results

BCCU currently issues 4 different result notifications.

Note: You will receive one of these notifications following a Washington State Name and Date of Birth Background Check and another notification following a fingerprint check.

1. No Record Notification

  • WHAT YOU WILL SEE: No background information reported.
  • WHAT THIS MEANS: None of the background check data sources reported criminal or negative action records that disqualify the applicant from having unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults and there are no background check records for you to review.
  • ACTION YOU MUST TAKE: Maintain a copy of the results notification and give a copy of the result notification to the applicant/employee within 10 days of receipt from the Background Check Central Unit (BCCU). Document the results as required.

2. Review Required Notification

  • WHAT YOU WILL SEE: Information reported by one or more background check sources that requires a Character, Competence, and Suitability review.
  • WHAT THIS MEANS: You must determine whether or not the applicant can work in a position that may have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults by:
    • Completing a Character, Competence, and Suitability Review; and
    • Documenting your decision as required.
  • ACTION YOU MUST TAKE: You are required to determine whether or not the individual can have unsupervised access to vulnerable adults or children. This is done via a Character, Competence, and Suitability review, per program regulations. Give the applicant a copy of their background check result within 10 days of receipt from BCCU. If the applicant wishes to dispute or clarify the information reported on this background check result, the applicant may contact the BCCU for additional information at (360) 902-0299 or bccuinquiry@dshs.wa.gov.

3. Disqualify Notification

  • WHAT YOU WILL SEE: Disqualifying information reported by one or more background check data sources.
  • WHAT THIS MEANS: At least one disqualifying: conviction, pending charge, or negative action was found that is listed in Chapter 388-113 WAC: DISQUALIFYING CRIMES AND NEGATIVE ACTIONS. The applicant cannot have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults. If you allow the applicant to have unsupervised access you may be violating federal or state regulations.
  • ACTION YOU MUST TAKE: The applicant/employee cannot have unsupervised access to children or vulnerable adults unless they receive a revised Notification from BCCU (No Record or Review Required). Give the applicant a copy of this background check result within 10 days of receipt from the BCCU. If the applicant wishes to dispute or clarify the information reported on this background check result, the applicant may contact the BCCU for additional information at (360) 902-0299 or bccuinquiry@dshs.wa.gov.

4. Additional Information Needed Notification

  • WHAT YOU WILL SEE: Additional Information Needed.
  • WHAT THIS MEANS: The BCCU requires additional information before a determination about this applicant/employee background can be made.   The applicant/employee will receive this notification if there is an unclear crime or negative action that was reported by any of the sources that BCCU researches.  The letter will inform the requesting entity that the applicant needs to contact BCCU at 360-902-0299 or bccuinquiry@dshs.wa.gov with their Inquiry ID/OCA# listed on this notice.  BCCU will provide the applicant with instructions for completing the additional information request. The background check will be pending until the additional information is provided. Entities should follow the program policies when an Additional Information Needed notification is received. 
  • ACTION YOU MUST TAKE: The status of this background check is pending until additional information is received by BCCU and a new result notification (No Record or Review Required) is obtained.