A Hawaii background check is far simpler than in many other states simply because of the ready availability of information. The Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center (HCJDC) is responsible for the statewide criminal history record information system (CJIS-Hawaii). In turn, the Hawaii Attorney General’s office is responsible for the HCJDC along with the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), a central database of criminal records identified by fingerprints. Hawaii also offers a free sex offender search website that is open to anyone with an internet connection.
An official Hawaii criminal records check is a search of a person’s criminal history by name or fingerprint, and is also called a “police abstract” or “rap sheet.” You may obtain a criminal report at one of 5 Public Access sites throughout the state, and at the Adult Criminal Conviction Information (eCrim) Web Site. Arrests resulting in non-convictions and also pending convictions are not available to the general public for obvious reasons. Hawaii state criminal records include the following:
- Arrests resulting in convictions
- Acquittals or Dismissals by reason of physical or mental disease, disorder or defect under Chapter 704, HRS
- Free Sex-Offender search from state site complete with pictures
If you wish to fill out a form and take it to a Public Access Site, necessary information may include a name, SSN, date of birth, and physical description. Of course a fingerprint search is the best method to determine if a person has a criminal record and costs approximately $20. The fingerprinting can be done for an additional $15 at a law enforcement agency. The easiest option is of course the Adult Criminal Conviction Information Site or (eCrim), which can be used to instantly search by name or additional identifying information. You will need to sign up for an account and the cost per search is $15, plus $12 if you wish to have an official printout.
If you do not wish to go through all this, Hawaii is one of a handful of states where you can obtain an online background check with a consumer service that is complete as services offered by the state itself. Criminal records include statewide felony, misdemeanor, traffic and ordinance violations, and you can also get civil court records, address, phone numbers along with vital records for those who really want to be in the know.