Turnaround Times

Estimated for May 17, 2024:


Background Check Item

Working on inquiries submitted the day of:

Inquiries in a Pending Status may include Name and Date of Birth Checks, Interim Fingerprint Checks, Final Fingerprint Checks

May 16, 2024

Court Documents, Applicant Affidavits, and Legal Documents including Additional Information Needed Notification requested documents

May 14, 2024

Applicant Requests for Background Check Information

May 13, 2024


Background Checks Results will not come back in the order submitted. Some background checks may come back very quickly, sometimes within minutes. Background checks requiring a review of information or manual intervention will take longer.

General Information

  • All background checks are now submitted by authorized users through the Background Check System (BCS).

  • Background checks that do not require BCCU research will be processed with results returned to the requester in BCS within hours.

  • Working days are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding state holidays.

  • WSP takes up to two weeks to process resubmitted fingerprints due to poor print quality.

  • Fingerprint rejections and length of time an applicant takes to get reprinted lengthens the time to complete a fingerprint check.

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) goal is to process an initial set of fingerprints within 24 hours after receiving from WSP.

  • FBI takes up to one week to process national name and date of birth requests.

  • WSP and FBI do not return results to BCCU in the order submitted.

  • Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Early Learning program providers and applicants need to contact the Early Learning Background Check Unit for any questions related to the background check application. They can be reached by emailing backgroundcheck@dcyf.wa.gov or calling 1-866-482-4325, Option 4.

  • DCYF Child Welfare field staff and applicants need to contact the Child Welfare Background Check Unit for any questions related to background checks. They can be reached by emailing cabc@dcyf.wa.gov or calling (360) 407-5500.

Status of Background Check

  • Requesting Entities can log in to the Background Check System (BCS) to see status of background check at any time.

  • Additional questions, please email bccuinquiry@dshs.wa.gov OR call (360) 902-0299.

    • BCCU will respond to your email within two working days. 

  • All DCYF providers, staff and applicants refer to the DCYF contact information above for background check status. Do not contact the BCCU directly for this information.

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