Georgia has the rather dubious honor of being one of the busiest fingerprint processors in the Untied States. This indicates above average levels of crime and the accompanying criminal records searches that go with the territory. Whatever the reason for this unhealthy social environment, you certainly need to know where to get the most accurate and comprehensive background checks available.
The Georgia’s Crime Information Center (GCIC) is the central provider of criminal records searches in the state, and the database was established in 1973. It was the first state records repository to feature an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). AFIS updates and/or creates records as part of the identification process, and also processes electronic submissions. As a result the database is always current with whatever is happening in the courts. GCIC also runs the Georgia Sex Offender Registry and makes it available to the public free of charge.
Georgia criminal records are available in a number of different ways and there are also varying degrees of completeness depending on the purpose of the request. As you might expect a fingerprint based search is the most comprehensive and is performed through Georgia Applicant Processing Service (GAPS). However, this service is available solely for official use or employment background checks, or if an individual is requesting their own record, and includes:
- Arrest information
- Dispositions on arrests
- Incarceration records
You may obtain a felony criminal records history of any individual using the online interface offered by the state and a link is included below. For any other types of background checks you will have to turn to an online service and there are some very useful options available. Below we have included the top resources for acquiring various records including a link to GOIC. Take a look and get started.