Background Check System Project


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BCS Goes Live on June 26, 2018!

BCS Blackout Period Starts today, Thursday, June 21, 2018 at noon (12:00 pm).
Any Background Check requests received after 12:00 pm today will be sent back to the requesting entity. 
Authorized entities will be able to begin submitting background check requests on Tuesday June 26. 
Email invitations with instructions for activating your BCS profile will go out to all registered users on June 26th.
Training Materials can be found here

Webinar Training Opportunities

Friday, June 22 at 10:00 am
Click the following link, and provide your first and last name, email address, and DSHS license or BCCU account number.
You will receive an email notification confirming your registration, and instructions on how to join the webinar.
Monday, June 25 at 11:30 am
            Click here for instructions to participate in the BCS WebEx Presentation.



As we near the go-live date for BCS, please visit this webpage frequently for updated and important information. Please direct any questions, comments or concerns to the project email at


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

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