Criminal Background Checks

Ways to Get Criminal Background Information

  • Information about Pierce County Courts is public. You can access it online. Type the correct information about your prospective employee in the search window and ask for a search using the appropriate dates.
    • This will give you information about arrests, no-contact orders and jail time in Pierce County during that time period.
  • Contact the Washington State Patrol to get a Washington State background check. You can actually do a background check over the internet if you are willing to put in a credit card number (it costs $10) or you can complete a form and mail it in with a check for $10.
  • Request forms and fingerprint cards
    • Visit the WSP website
    • Call a customer representative at the Washington State Patrol Headquarters in Olympia at (360) 705-5100
    • Write:
      • Identification and Criminal History Section
        Washington State Patrol
        P.O. Box 42633
        Olympia WA 98504-2633