§19-123-204 - Use of criminal history records results.

§19-123-204 Use of criminal history records results.

         (a) Information obtained from criminal history record checks shall be used exclusively by the department for the purpose of determining whether or not a person is suitable for working in close proximity to students. Use and release of such information obtained from the FBI shall be subject to federal laws and regulations.

         (b) The department may disclose information that an affected individual's criminal history record check shows a "clean criminal history record". Federal law (28 U.S.C. §534) otherwise prohibits the disclosure of criminal history information obtained from the FBI. An FBI identification record and information contained therein, however, may be disclosed to the affected individual when explaining decisions or contemplated decisions resulting in refusal to certify an applicant, for a rider education instructor certificate or termination of a rider education instructor certificate. Information from an FBI identification record may also be disclosed to a legal representative of the applicant with the consent of the affected individual and may also be displayed, with the consent of the affected individual, at an administrative hearing to resolve issues concerning the record's content and use. If desired, the affected individual may also request the correction of FBI criminal history information by following FBI rules to correct the FBI identification record.

         (c) Criminal history information obtained from sources other than the FBI may be categorized into criminal convictions and arrest records. Criminal convictions are considered public records and may be disclosed to the general public. Arrest records are private and shall not be released by the department except in the process of verifying the disposition of the arrests, or as otherwise required by law. Information regarding a person's arrest records for offenses that may pose a risk, to the health, safety, or well-being of students may be used as the basis to delay rider education instructor certificate decisions or for the suspension of a rider education instructor certificate pending further inquiry and investigation. Arrest records shall not be used as the sole basis to refuse a rider education instructor certificate.

        [Eff 3/4/02; comp AUG 18 2006] (Auth: HRS §§286-16, 286-17, 286-18, 286-108, 286-108.4, 431:10G-104) (Imp: HRS §§286-18, 286-108, 286-108.4, 431-10G-104)

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