Turnaround Times

Turnaround Times - BCCU continues to work a backlog from our blackout period and stabilize processing in the new Background Check System (BCS).   Average Turnaround Times will be posted in September when more data is available.


Average Turnaround Times

Name and Date of Birth Background Checks



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


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


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


Applicant Requests for Background Check Information


*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

  • All background checks are now submitted 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 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

  • 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. 

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