Maine State Background Check

A state criminal history check looks at criminal records from throughout the state. This Maine background check will report information from any county that reports to the central repository maintained by the Maine State Police State Bureau of Identification. Such counties may include Cumberland County, York County, Penobscot County, and Kennebec County.

Many Maine employers start with county-level checks in their local areas and then use this state background check to flesh out their employee screening process. At, we can currently process state criminal checks in 45 states, including Maine.
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What may be reported on a Maine State Police Bureau of Identification Background Check?

  • Jurisdiction where record is recorded
  • Case number
  • Defendant
  • Charge
  • Filing date
  • Degree of offense, such as misdemeanor
  • Disposition
  • Disposition date
  • Sentence

Background Check Restrictions in Maine

Before you conduct Maine background checks on any candidate, you should be aware of the state’s restrictions on the use of background checks and criminal background information. Below, we have compiled a list of relevant limitations.

Use of conviction records

Maine employers are free to use any criminal conviction details in their hiring decisions. With that said, we recommend following EEOC guidance and considering each conviction based on how it relates to the job at hand. You should assess convictions based on age, severity, and relevance to specific job responsibilities. The EEOC has filed discrimination and disparate impact lawsuits against businesses that make criminal history an absolute bar to employment even in states without significant legal restrictions on the books.

Use of arrest records

As with conviction data, there is no law on record in Maine that prohibits employers from considering arrest information in their hiring decisions. However, arrest information in Maine is rarely made public unless the arrest led to a conviction. The report for this Maine state background check will only report convictions and will exclude all arrest information. Employers should be wary about asking candidates about arrests, either on a job application or in an interview. The Maine Human Rights Commission has issued guidance on this subject warning employers that it may lead to unlawful racial discrimination.

Ban the Box

Currently, there is no ban the box legislation on the books in Maine either at the state or local level. However, the ban the box movement has been spreading quickly in recent years and there is certainly a chance it will come to Maine at some point. It is in the best interest of employers to follow new developments on this subject, as they may influence the timing and execution of a background screening process.


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