Get your local crime records online

The Vermont Criminal Information Center (VCIC), a program of the Criminal Justice Services of the Vermont Department of Public Safety, announced last week that they have launched a new service that allows citizens and businesses to retrieve Vermont criminal conviction records over the Internet.

The service is available through the state's official website, http://www.vermont.gov.

In 2008, the Vermont Legislature passed a new law allowing for Vermont criminal conviction records to be purchased and retrieved online.

The legislation allows anyone to obtain a criminal conviction report on any person for any reason provided they have the individual's name and date of birth. Online requests will be queried against the Vermont criminal record repository maintained by the VCIC. Only conviction information or a no record response is returned to the service user.

"We are very pleased to be able to offer this important service to our customers," said Bruce Parizo, deputy director of VCIC. "Users can now immediately get access to criminal conviction records by using the online service. In addition, the service allows users to submit feedback if they believe a record is in error."

A criminal conviction record is a record of conviction in a Vermont district court. Each record currently costs $20 per request. On July 1, 2009 the cost will increase to $30 per request. Users may securely pay for the service with a credit card. Authorized Vulnerable Population agencies will be able to use the service without charge.

The easy to use service guides users through a brief "User Agreement" that outlines authorized uses of the conviction record. Users can then search for a record by name and date of birth, using up to two additional aliases for each search. Users also have the ability to validate the authenticity of a record at no cost through a simple form.

Conviction record service will benefit employers, individuals and other groups doing background investigations by providing the records immediately from any computer with internet access. This is in contrast to the seven to 10 day wait period required for a mail-in request. Monthly billing is available for companies and agencies that need to run large numbers of record checks.

The Vermont Criminal Conviction Record Internet Service (VCCRIS) provides a public resource by allowing ready access to the most complete and accurate criminal conviction reports available.

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