Criminal History Report - GCIC
The Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 43-39A-14 and Section 43-40-15 states that appraiser classifications and real estate licenses "shall be granted only to persons who bear a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and competence to transact real estate appraisal activity and/or the business of a licensee in such manner as to safeguard the interests of the public and only after satisfactory proof of such qualifications has been presented to the Commission/Board."
The Commission/Board may deny a license/classification to any applicant who has a prior criminal conviction(s) or a disciplinary action(s) imposed by any occupational licensing body. In order to verify a background check, the Commission/Board requires all applicants to obtain and submit a Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) report, or an equivalent state-wide criminal background report from their state of residence for non-resident applicants.
How to obtain a GCIC Report
No more than 60 days prior to making application for a license approval, each candidate for licensure at his/her own expense must obtain a certified criminal history report (GCIC). You may obtain a GCIC report from most local sheriff's offices or police stations in Georgia.
Any candidate for licensure who has been convicted of a crime or sanctioned by any licensing or regulatory agency of any kind must reveal that fact on his or her application. You must report previous convictions even if you have been pardoned or have been told that the offence is no longer on your record. If you are aware of any conviction in any state or country, nolo contendere plea, or first offender sentence that is NOT on the GCIC report, you MUST disclose it (them). Failure to disclose any conviction, nolo contendere plea, First Offender sentence or disciplinary actions can result in denial of a license.
Candidates for licensure that do not reside in Georgia should obtain a criminal background report from their state of residence or a National Crime Information Center [NCIC] report. Candidates for licensure who have been convicted of a crime in more than one state will need to obtain an NCIC. For more information on obtaining an NCIC visit the FBI website.
What to do if you have prior Criminal Convictions or Disciplinary Actions
If you have ever been convicted of, pled nolo contendere to, or been granted first offender treatment in upon being charged with a crime in Georgia or any other state, jurisdiction or country, you must submit the Background Clearance Application along with the following supporting documentation:
- For every occurrence (with the exception of a single DUI), provide a certified copy of the citation, accusation, or indictment that led to the conviction AND a certified copy of the sentence / final disposition. If the court disposition is unavailable, provide a letter from the court stating the documents are not available.
- For every occurrence (including that of a single DUI) provide a detailed written statement that includes: 1) an explanation of the circumstances surrounding every conviction 2) whether you have made any required restitution 3) whether you have completed all conditions of your sentence 4) whether you are on parole or probation (and the date it will end).
Certified copies of court documents may be obtained from the Clerk of the Court in the court in which each conviction, nolo contendere plea, and First Offender sentence occurred. If the court disposition is unavailable, you must provide a letter from the court stating that the documents are not available.
If you have ever been sanctioned by any state or federal licensing agency or authority which regulates any profession, you must submit the Background Clearance Application along with the following supporting documentation:
- For every occurrence, provide a certified copy of the final order from the licensing agency that imposed the disciplinary action.
- For every occurrence, provide a detailed written statement that includes: 1) an explanation of the circumstances surrounding the disciplinary action 2) whether you have made any required payment 3) whether you have completed all conditions of your disciplinary action 4) whether your license is currently suspended or revoked.
If you do not supply all of these documents, the Commission/Board cannot process your application and it will be returned to you.