Background Check System

 

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Background Check System (BCS) went live June 2018!

BCS WORKS BEST IN GOOGLE CHROME!

 

Duplicate Background Check Requests Causing Delays
Please refrain from submitting duplicate requests in BCS. This is contributing to the increased processing times.  If you are unsure if your background check was successfully submitted to BCCU, please refer to Background Check System Entity User Guide to determine if the status associated to your check indicates it was received and waiting for BCCU review. Thank you for your continued patience.

 


Accessing the Background Check System (BCS):

DSHS Authorized Licensed Facilities, Contractors, Vendors and Providers

  1. Please copy the link below and paste into Google Chrome address bar https://secureaccess.wa.gov/dshs/bcs
  2. You will be directed to the BCS Welcome page. Click “Okay.”
  3. You will then be directed to the BCS User Agreement.
  4. You should now have an active profile in BCS.
  5. Please refer to training materials or contact BCCU with questions.

Active Directory (email@agency.wa.gov) Employees

  1. Please copy the link below and paste into Google Chrome address bar https://bcs.dshs.wa.gov
  2. You will be directed to the BCS Welcome page. Click “Okay.”
  3. You will then be directed to the BCS User Agreement.
  4. You should now have an active profile in BCS.
  5. Please refer to training materials or contact BCCU with questions.

Applicants

  1. Please click on the following link to open the online Background Check Authorization form  https://fortress.wa.gov/dshs/bcs/ (If you are having issues with the form, please try completing the form in Google Chrome.)
  2. Help tools incorporated into form.  Click on ? icons.  BCS Online Authorization Form Guide
  3. After signing and saving Background Check Authorization form, system with generate confirmation code.  Please email, save, or write down the confirmation code.  You will NOT be able to retrieve confirmation code after closing/exiting the webpage.
  4. Provide confirmation code and date of birth to the entity requesting your background check.  You can provide confirmation code and your date of birth to multiple entities.  Confirmation code valid for 90 days. 

About the Project


The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services - DSHS, Background Check Central Unit - BCCU, processes over 330,000 background checks annually for DSHS programs, social service providers, licensees, the Department of Early Learning, the Department of Health, and the Health Care Authority’s Medicaid Purchasing Administration.  On average, BCCU Staff conduct each check in 2 days or less (more if fingerprints are involved or research and analysis is required) using a system that requires data entry, manual input of analysis, and the printing and mailing or faxing of results back to the requesting entity.  So, we’re getting a new system!  One that will automate much of the process and streamline all background check procedures!

For more information please visit our BCS Project History page.

Communication Information


For all questions, comments, concerns, and any other general project related inquiries, please email bccuinquiry@dshs.wa.gov.