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What's New?

BCA Closed to the Public

The BCA will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 30, effective until further notice. The BCA has made this temporary change to help ensure social distancing for members of the public and BCA staff.

Gov. Tim Walz issued an executive order for Minnesotans to stay home​ to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Keep Up to Date on the State Response to COVID-19

​Minnesota's State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has been activated to help coordinate response and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Go to the SEOC webpage​ for the latest information on Minnesota cases, the governor's executive orders, resources and ways you can help during this challenging time.

Beware of COVID-19-Related Scams

scams-during-the-COVID-19-crisis-03302020.jpg​The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the best in many people. But, as in every crisis, there are those who would take advantage of the situation for their own gain, and this is no time to let down your guard. In this case, cyber criminals know COVID-19 has created a lot of interest and fear, and their counting on the public's interest in obtaining information or assistance online. They're using that to conduct financial fraud and disseminate malware with social media, email and direct contact.

Learn what to look for and how to stay safe from scams in our latest blog.


Adjustment to Mandated Fingerprinting Processes

​The BCA is allowing for the delayed submission of fingerprints for mandatory background checks pursuant to recent legislation signed into law by Gov. Walz (Minnesota Laws, Chapter 71, Article 2, Section 26). This affects the agencies listed below until the end of the peacetime emergency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. While fingerprint-based background checks will be delayed, background checks on these individuals will still include a Minnesota criminal history check based on name and date-of-birth.

This change enables these essential workers and fingerprint technicians to maintain social distancing. It also allows these individuals to move into critical roles and to remain in those roles without lapses in background check requirements. All pending fingerprint-based background checks for these individuals will be completed within 30 days of the end of the peacetime emergency.

The BCA is providing notice of its determination to delay fingerprint-based background checks for these employees under Minnesota Laws, chapter 71, article 2, section 26, subd. 2, paragraph b.