Turnaround Times

Last Updated:  September 22, 2017


Processing Items Received on

Number of
Working Days

Name and Date of Birth Background Checks by Mail and Fax

September 15, 2017


Priority Name and Date of Birth Background Checks by Mail and Fax:

  • New Hires
  • Initial Contracts
  • Initial Licenses
  • State Employees

September 20, 2017


Interim Fingerprint Based Background Check results for applicants to schedule fingerprint vendor appointments

September 20, 2017


Fingerprint Based Background Check results for initial prints submitted to Washington State Patrol (WSP)*

September 19, 2017


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

September 20, 2017 2

Applicant Requests for Background Check Information

September 20, 2017 2

Reject Notifications - Incomplete Background Check Authorization Forms

September 21, 2017 1

*Fingerprint Background Checks requiring research from Oregon or Montana may be delayed up to three weeks due to state’s response time back to BCCU.

General Information

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

  • Web Service turnaround time is one business day. 

  • 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 Early Learning (DEL), Providers and Applicants, need to contact the DEL Background Check Unit for any questions related to the background check application.  They can be reached by emailing backgroundcheck@del.wa.gov or calling (866) 482.4325, Option 4.

Status of Background Check

  • Email bccuinquiry@dshs.wa.gov OR call (360) 902-0299 with the following information:

    • Date the authorization form was submitted to the BCCU.

    • BCCU account number listed in box #4 on the authorization form.

    • Applicant’s last name, first name and date of birth.

    • BCCU Inquiry ID/OCA number, if applicable.

    • Identify if the authorization form was part of a fingerprint-based background check.

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

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