VECHS Program - About Us

Through the VECHS program, FDLE and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provide state and national criminal history record information on applicants, employees, and volunteers to qualified organizations (not individuals) in Florida. With this criminal history information, the organizations can more effectively screen out current and prospective volunteers and employees who are not suitable for contact with children, the elderly, or the disabled.

The VECHS program is not available to organizations currently required to obtain criminal history record checks on their employees and/or volunteers under other statutory provisions, such as day care centers. Those organizations must continue to follow the statutory mandates that specifically apply to them. If, however, an organization is required to obtain state and national checks on only specific types of employees or volunteers, the VECHS program may be able to process requests for state and national checks on the organization’s other employees or volunteers.

To be qualified to participate in the VECHS program, an organization (public, private, profit, or non-profit) must offer "care" or "care placement services," or facilitate a program that offers "care" or "care placement services," as defined in the above laws, exclusively to children, the elderly, or the disabled, even if such program is only a limited part of the organization’s overall business.

 

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