Missouri Volunteer and Employee Criminal History Service
For obtaining fingerprint-based Missouri open and closed criminal history record information and federal (FBI) criminal history record information from the systems of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the United States Department of Justice on persons who work or volunteer with children, the elderly, or persons with disabilities.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol, CJIS Division, developed the Missouri VECHS program to enable non-governmental entities that meet specific qualifying criteria to obtain Missouri and federal (FBI) criminal history record information with the submission of fingerprints on current and prospective applicants through the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP). Generally, to be qualified to participate in the Missouri VECHS program, an entity must provide some type of care or care placement services for children, the elderly, or persons with disabilities. ("Care" includes treatment, education, training, instruction, supervision, or recreation.)
The Missouri VECHS program is approved pursuant to the National Child Protection Act, as amended by the Volunteers for Children Act; the Adam Walsh Act; and the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act.
For consideration in the Missouri VECHS program, an application (SHP-980) and User Agreement (SHP-982) along with your current Missouri business license must be submitted to:
MSHP - CJIS Division
Attn: Missouri VECHS Program
Post Office Box 9500
Jefferson City, MO 65102-9500
For questions or assistance:
Call (573) 526-6153 ext. 2647
The Application (SHP-980) must be completed in full, explaining what functions your organization/agency/school performs that specifically serve children, elderly or disabled persons.
The User Agreement (SHP-982) must be signed by the entity representative/head and signifies an understanding that the criminal history record information received through this program, in part, is to be used for the purposes for which it was intended and must be maintained in a secure and confidential manner.
The program review process is approximately two weeks from date of receipt. Once approved, the qualified entity will be provided with the program Originating Agency Routing Identifier (ORI) and agency identification code (OCA), the waiver agreement and statement form, and fingerprint services form.
Once approved, qualified entities will be eligible to receive:
1. An indication that the applicant has no criminal history, i.e., no serious arrests in
Missouri or the FBI databases, if there are none;
2. The Record of Arrest and Prosecution (RAP) sheet from Missouri (open and closed records) and FBI records, if any, that shows arrests and/or convictions;
3. Notification if the applicant is a Missouri registered sex offender.
NOTE: The Missouri VECHS program may be used to obtain only Missouri (open and closed) criminal history record information or both Missouri and FBI criminal history record information. However, obtaining only the FBI search is not allowed. In order to receive an FBI search, the state search is required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there a fee with the MoVECHS program?
A: No. The only fees associated are the fees for the background checks. The state
background check is $20.00 and the federal fee is $14.75 (or $13.50 if a volunteer)*. If using the
electronic fingerprint vendor through our MACHS service, the fingerprint service fee is $8.30. Total
cost for a complete background check is $43.05 per applicant**. For more information regarding fees
or MACHS fingerprint services, please click on: CJIS Home
The FBI fee has been decreased from the previous amount of $16.50 effective February 1, 2015, the FBI (federal fee) for a fingerprint-based criminal history record check. Q: What is the Qualified Entity Application?
A: The Qualified Entity Application is the initial document completed by the
interested entity in order to request participation in the Missouri VECHS program. The form
provides vital information about the entity and should be completed in its entirety. A current
copy of the entity's business license is required and should accompany the application.
Q: What is the Waiver Agreement and Statement?
A: Pursuant to the National Child Protection Act of 1993 (NCPA), as amended by
the Volunteers for Children Act (VCA), the Waiver Agreement and Statement must be completed and
signed by every current or prospective employee, volunteer, and contractor/vendor, for whom criminal
history records are required by a qualified entity. The waiver authorizes the qualified entity to
access and review Missouri and national (FBI) criminal history records on an applicant. The waiver
form is retained by the qualified entity and is subject to audit, along with the criminal history
records received through the program.
Q: What is the User Agreement?
A: The User Agreement is an agreement entered into by the Missouri State Highway
Patrol and the qualified entity. The intent of the agreement is to set forth the terms and conditions
under which criminal history record information is obtained through the Missouri VECHS program.
Q: What is the NCPA/VCA?
A: The National Child Protection Act (NCPA), as amended by the Volunteers for Children
Act (VCA) is national legislation that encouraged states to authorize fingerprint-based national criminal
history record information (background checks) of individuals having access to children and other
vulnerable people by enacting legislation under Public Law 92-544. Recommended policies and procedures for
implementation of the NCPA/VCA were set out by the FBI and are followed by the Missouri VECHS program.
Q: What is the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006?
A: Under Section 153(b)(2) a fingerprint-based background check request for the receipt
of state and national criminal history record information may be submitted by private elementary and
secondary schools on individuals employed by, under consideration for employment by, other otherwise
in positions in which the individuals would work with or around children in the school. Q: How To Participate in the Missouri VECHS Program?
A: An entity must mail a completed Qualified Entity Application (SHP-980) and User
Agreement (SHP-982), along with a current copy of
their business license to: Missouri State Highway Patrol, CJIS Division, Attn: MOVECHS Program, P. O.
Box 9500, Jefferson City, MO 65102-9500. Once the documentation has been received and reviewed, the entity
will be notified of acceptance or denial. If accepted into the program, specific information about program
participation will be provided to the qualified entity.
Q: What is a "qualified entity"? Who can obtain criminal history record checks under the NCPA/VCA?
A: To be qualified to participate in the Missouri VECHS program, an entity must
provide some type of "care" or "care placement services" for children, the elderly, or the disabled, even
if only as a limited part of the entity's overall business. Once qualified to participate in the
program, an entity may request criminal history information on all current and prospective employees and
volunteers, not only those who work with vulnerable persons. "Qualified entities" are authorized to
obtain criminal history record information as described under the NCPA/VCA and related federal guidelines. Under
the NCPA/VCA, a "qualified entity" is a business or organization, whether public, private, for
profit, not-for-profit, or voluntary, that provides care or care placement services. "Care" means the
provision of care, treatment, education, training, instruction, supervision, or recreation to children, the
elderly, or individuals with disabilities. Entities that are required to obtain state and federal criminal
history record checks under other statutory provisions (i.e., Missouri Statute), on all or specific employees
and/or volunteers, must continue to comply with those statutes and the procedures that specifically apply. Requests
for the required criminal history record check may not be processed through the Missouri VECHS program, pursuant
to federal and state law.