Attorney general’s office now takes credit cards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — If you have to get a background check through the state of Rhode Island, you won’t have to carry your checkbook or go buy a money order to do it. The BCI department — Bureau of Criminal Identification — at the office of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin will now take credit cards.

The catch for the convenience? They’ll only take credit cards for in-person transactions at the A.G.’s office on South Main Street.

The BCI runs state background checks, nationwide background checks and also charges fees for applications for things like becoming a security guard or a pawnbroker.

The attorney general’s office announced the credit card option Thursday. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards are accepted.

The state’s third party vendor for transactions, Rhode Island Interactive (a subsidiary of e-government provider NIC Inc., based in Kansas) processes the credit or debit card transactions. There will be a processing fee of two percent, plus 50 cents, per transaction.

(If you have to get both a state background check — $5 — and a nationwide background check — $35 — together, you’ll pay $1.30 on your $40 transaction.)

The BCI window serves about three hundred people every day, Kilmartin said in a news release. “Accepting credit cards will expedite the process, and allow the public to get on their way faster.”

Checks and money orders must still be used for transactions through the mail. The department does not accept cash.

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