How long does a background check take?

The length of time needed to complete a background check varies by type of check.   Except for fingerprinting, other types of background checks are to be completed before appoint to a position. Since conviction history checks can take upwards of two months for UCPD to receive the DOJ and FBI information, an appointment can be made contingent on successful completion of this part of the background check.

The DOJ and FBI returns are generally received within 1-2 days of the fingerprinting. However if there are any issues it can take upwards of 1-2 months to receive both returns.