Missouri VECHS FAQs

  • Is there a fee with the Missouri VECHS program?
  • What is the Qualified Entity Application?
  • What is the Waiver Agreement and Statement?
  • What is the User Agreement?
  • What is the NCPA/VCA?
  • Who can obtain criminal history record checks under the NCPA/VCA?
  • What is the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006?
  • How long does the application process take?
  • What type of information is returned on a criminal record?
  • If my agency/organization is currently required to obtain criminal history records by statute, am I still eligible for the VECHS program?
  • How can my agency share criminal history results with another organization?


      MACHS (The Missouri Automated Criminal History Site): The Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) is Missouri's one-stop website for all criminal background check needs. This site is administered by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, the central repository for all Missouri criminal history files. The MACHS Fingerprint Portal allows individuals within Missouri to register to be fingerprinted with IDEMIA/IdentoGO, the state vendor for Electronic Fingerprinting Services. Fingerprints taken by IDEMIA/IdentoGO will be electronically submitted to the Missouri State Highway Patrol for background check purposes.

      Care: refers to the provision of care, treatment, education, training, instruction, supervision, or recreation to children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities.

      Qualified Entity: 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.

      Provider: A person who is employed by or volunteers with a qualified entity; owns or operates a qualified entity; or who has or may have unsupervised access to a person to whom the qualified entity provides care; and a person who seeks to be employed by or volunteer with a qualified entity; seeks to own or operate a qualified entity; or seeks to have or may have unsupervised access to a person to whom the qualified entity provides care.

      Person: refers to a child, elderly or individuals with disabilities.

      Missouri Rap Back Program: Any type of automatic notification made by the Missouri State Highway Patrol to a qualified entity indicating that an applicant who is employed, licensed or otherwise under the purview of that entity has been arrested for a reported criminal offense in Missouri as required under section 43.506.

      ORI/OCA: An Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) is a nine-character identifier, assigned by the FBI and is used to identity authorized agencies and control access to the systems. As a member of the Missouri VECHS program, your agency will be assigned an Originating Case Agency (OCA) which acts as a sub-set of an ORI.

      Dissemination: The transmission or distribution of CJI to authorized recipients.

      Elderly: Missouri citizen who is sixty years of age or older.

      Disability: A mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, whether the impairment is congenital or acquired by accident, injury or disease, where such impairment is verified by medical findings.