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The Background Check System (BCS) is going live at the end of March 2018! 

BCS is in the final stages of development.  The project team is gearing up to start detailed testing and the creation of training materials.  In November the BCS development team completed sprint 22, and started sprint 23, the final development sprint.  As system development starts to wind down, implementation planning is ramping up.  The project team is planning for final system testing; defining data migration procedures; and customers are receiving more and more communications about getting ready for BCS go-live

Reminder that all BCCU accounts are required to have a Primary Account Administrator (PAA) identified and pre-registered as a user in BCS, before that account can submit background check requests to BCCU.  If you have not pre-registered a PAA for your BCCU account or accounts, please do so by December 31.  Click here to pre-register a PAA for your account or accounts.

In the coming months, BCCU will be communicating the following using the contact information collected from pre-registration: Information about transitioning your processes from current procedures to new procedures with BCS; Information related to training documentation and system reference materials; Information for the PAA’s on registering other BCS users when the system goes live; and Information about getting your business ready for BCS to go-live.

Throughout December, the project team is providing system demonstrations.  These demonstrations focus on the process of submitting a background check request and receiving a result.  We will walk through the system screens that users will interact with and point out key features of the system.  If you would like to attend one of these demos please email the project team at  Additional demo dates and times will be available in January as well. 

As we near the go-live date for BCS, please visit this webpage frequently as the information will continue to be updated with new and important information.  Please direct any questions, comments or concerns about this information or BCS, 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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