Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Important Red Tape: New Requirements for Criminal Background Checks

Perhaps without an awareness of the extra cost of doing business, the Chinese government now requires schools hiring a foreign expert to have the individual obtain a certificate of no criminal conviction from their home country. I have created a guide to help foreign experts from the US (see below).

Anybody who has taught in the US has been fingerprinted and gone through a similar background check. I think it is great that the Chinese government is implementing this new system to insure that China does not become a haven for pedophiles or other criminals who should not be around or influencing children; however, I am not sure they anticipated the work and money involved in the full, proper implementation of this policy.

A Guide to Criminal Background Checks for US Citizens in China

In July 2013, the Chinese government passed stringent new rules for foreign experts. Among the new requirements for people working as teachers is the presentation of an affidavit or certificate of no criminal conviction. In order to obtain this, there are several steps that you must undertake.
If you are a US citizen and have not yet come to China, you may go to your municipal police department or state police barracks to obtain the needed document. The responsible agency varies from state-to-state; a list of the responsible agencies appears at the end of this document.
If you are already in China and your local criminal background certificate-granting agency does not require you to appear in person, you may send for the necessary document by mail.
In New Hampshire, for instance, if you are not able to appear in person, you must submit a form and fee of $25 (cost in August, 2013) to the Central Repository for Criminal Records at the Department of Safety, Division of State Police. The form requires a notarized signature and the signature of the receiving party, if you are having the report sent directly to your firm or some person other than yourself. The cost for the report varies from state-to-state.

To obtain a notarized signature in Beijing, the easiest thing to do is to submit a request for an appointment with the US Embassy, but this is costly. The cost to get something notarized there is $50 and they do not take personal checks so you must pay with U.S. cash, equivalent RMB cash, traveler’s checks or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, or Discover; U.S. dollars only). See http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/acs_notary.html for more details. If you live and work in another Chinese municipality, you may go to the local consulate, as well. For instance, in Changchun, you would need to travel to Shenyang to obtain a notarized signature. Expect for it to take a long time. My appointment for which I was punctual was for 10:45 (actually I was 15 minutes early) and I was not done until around 11:40.

The Chinese notary services, though local law enforcement may accept their signature (NH State Police said they would), proved, in my case, unwilling to sign and sent me to the US Embassy…of course, only after I had made a personal appearance with what they knew ahead of time were US documents.

The Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) is given to Board certified, non-criminal justice agencies such as schools, day care centers, home health aides, youth athletic coaches, and municipal government agencies. Individuals may also obtain a copy of their personal criminal record. Listed below is the contact information for requesting CORI in all US states.


ALABAMA
Criminal Justice Information Center
770 Washington Ave, Suite 350
Montgomery, AL 36310
(334) 242-4900
website

ALASKA
Dept. of Public Safety Records Section
450 Whitter Ave, Room 103
Juneau, AK 99801-1745
(907) 465-4343

ARIZONA
Dept. of Public Safety Criminal Records
2102 W. Encanto Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85005
(602) 223-2222

ARKANSAS
Arkansas Crime Information Center
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AK 72201
(501) 682-2222
CALIFORNIA
Dept. of Justice Records Review Unit
P.O. Box 903417
Sacramento, CA 94203
(916) 227-3849

COLORADO
Bureau of Special Investigations
690 Kipling Street, Suite 3000
Denver, CO 80215-5844
(303) 239-4208
website

CONNECTICUT
State Police Bureau of Identification
1111 Country Road
Middletown, CT 06457-9294
(860) 685-8480
Fax (860) 685-8361
website

DELAWARE
Bureau of Special Investigations
P.O. Box 430
Dover, DE 19903
(302) 739-5901
website

DIST. OF COLUMBIA
Metropolitan P.D. Criminal Records Section
300 Indiana Ave. NW MPD HQ Room 3055
Washington D.C. 20001
(202) 727-4245
FLORIDA
Dept. of Law Enforcement CJIS Services
USB/Public Records PO Box 1489
Tallahassee, FL 32302
(850) 410-8109
website

GEORGIA
Crime Information Center
PO Box370748
Decatur, GA 30037-0748
(404) 244-2601
website

HAWAII
Criminal Justice Data Center
465 S. King St, Room 101
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 587-3279

IDAHO
Bureau of Criminal Identification
700 S. Stratford Drive
Ste. 120
Meridian, ID 83642
(208) 884-7130

ILLINOIS
Bureau of Identification
260 North Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432-4075
(815) 740-5176
Fax (815)740-4401
website

INDIANA
Indiana State Police
Criminal History Limited Check
PO Box 6188
Indianapolis, IN 46206
(317) 233-2010

IOWA
Division of Criminal Investigation
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 725-6066

KANSAS
Bureau of Investigation
Attn: Criminal History Section
1620 South West Tyler Street
Topeka, KS 66612-1837
(785) 296-6518 or 1-800-452-6727
website

KENTUCKY
Kentucky State Police
Criminal Dissemination Center
100 Fair Oaks Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 227-8700
LOUISIANA
Bureau of Criminal ID & Information
265 South Foster Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 925-6095
website

MAINE
Bureau of Identification
State House Station 42, 36 Hospital Street
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 624-7240

MARYLAND
CJIS Central Repository
PO Box 32708
Pikesville, MD 21282
(410) 764-4501
website
MASSACHUSETTS
Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Services
200 Arlington Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 2200
Chelsea, MA 02150
Ph: (617) 660-4640
Fax: (617) 660-5973
website
MICHIGAN
Michigan State Police Headquarters
333 S. Grand Ave
PO Box 30634
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 241-0621
website

MINNESOTA
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
1430 Maryland Avenue E.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 793-2400
website

MISSISSIPPI
Mississippi Department of Public Safety
Special Processing Unit
PO Box 958
Jackson, MS 39205
(601) 987-1212

MISSOURI
State Highway Patrol
Annex Building
1510 East Elm Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 526-6153

MONTANA
Dept. of Justice Identification Bureau
303 North Roberts, P.O. Box 201403
Helena, MT 59620-1405
(406) 444-3625
website

NEBRASKA
Nebraska State Patrol
Criminal Identification Division
3800 NW 12th Street-Suite A
Lincoln, NE 68521
(402) 471-4545

NEVADA
Nevada Department of Public Safety
333 West Nye Lane
Suite 100
Carson City, NV 89706
(775) 684-6262

NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire Department of Public Safety
Division of State Police
10 Hazen Drive, Room 106
Concord, NH 03305
(603) 223-3867
website

NEW JERSEY
State Police Records and ID Section
PO Box 7068
Trenton, NJ 08628-0068
(609) 882-2000 x2918
website

NEW MEXICO
New Mexico State Police
PO Box 1628
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1628
(505) 827-9300

NEW YORK
Division of Criminal Justice Services
4 Tower Place, Stuyvesant Plaza
Albany, NY 12203-3764
(518) 457-5837 or (800)262-3257
website

NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts
P.O. Box 2448
Raleigh, NC 27602
(919) 890-1000

NORTH DAKOTA
Bureau of Criminal Investigations
P.O. Box 1054
Bismarck, ND 58502
(701) 328-5500
website

OHIO
Civilian Identification
PO Box 365
London, OH 43140
(877)224-0043
website

OKLAHOMA
Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Unit
6600 North Harvey Place, Bldg 6, Suite 300
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
(405) 848-6724

OREGON
Oregon State Police
Identification Services Section
3772 Portland Road NE
Salem, OR 97301
website

PENNSYLVANIA
State Police, Central Repository-164
1800 Elmerton Ave
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(888)783-7972

RHODE ISLAND
Attorney General Bureau of Criminal ID
150 South Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 421-5268
website

SOUTH CAROLINA
State Law Enforcement Division
P.O. Box 21398
Columbia, SC 29221-1398
(803) 896-7043
website

SOUTH DAKOTA
Attorney General Division of Criminal Invest.
500 East Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
(605) 773-3331
website

TENNESSEE
Bureau of Investigation
901 R.S. Gass Boulevard
Nashville,TN 37210
(615) 744-4000
website
TEXAS
Dept. of Public Safety Crime Records
5805 North Lamar
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 424-2079
website

UTAH
Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84129
(801) 965-4445
website

VERMONT
Criminal Information Center
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-2101
(802) 244-8727
website

VIRGINIA
State Police Criminal Record Exchange
P.O. Box C-85076
Richmond, VA 23261-5076
(804) 674-6718

WASHINGTON
State Patrol Criminal History Division
P.O. Box 42633
Olympia, WA 98504-2633
(360) 534-2000

WEST VIRGINIA
State Police Criminal Records
725 Jefferson Road
South Charleston, WV 25309
(304) 746-2170

WISCONSIN
Crime Information Bureau
P.O. Box 2688
Madison, WI 53701-2688
(608) 266-5764

WYOMING
Division of Criminal Investigation
208 South College Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307)777-7181



  
 
This guide was prepared by Alexander Lee for New Oriental and is meant as a guide. There is no guarantee that the information in this guide is current or accurate.