• Cigarette Tax Enforcement
  • Real Property Crimes/Deed Fraud
  • Synthetic Narcotics Sales (K2, Bath Salts)
  • Crimes Against the Department of Finance
  • Criminal Background Checks for Volunteer Fire Department Membership Applicants in New York City

Background Investigation Questionnaire

For individuals applying for membership to volunteer fire departments in New York City, a criminal background check is mandatory under New York State Executive Law §837. This check is conducted through the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to ascertain whether applicants have convictions for arson or sex offenses in New York State. This requirement applies to new applicants, transfers from other fire companies, and reinstatements to membership. Minors (under 18) are subject to a follow-up arson background check when they turn 18. Fire chiefs are encouraged to seek parental permission before conducting background investigations on minors.

Download the Background Investigation Questionnaire

The Department of Finance Sheriff’s Office offers this service at no cost to local volunteer fire departments, as mandated by law.

The DCJS-VFF form must be printed or typed legibly, and it should be mailed to the New York City Sheriff’s Office by the Fire Chief.

Note: Ensure that the forms are legible to prevent rejection and delays in processing. Do not fax paper forms.

The Fire Chief of your company must sign the form and send it to the Sheriff’s Office. The results will be mailed to the Fire Chief.

Fire Chief Mailing Instructions:

Please mail completed DCJS-9 Forms to:

New York City Sheriff’s Office
Bureau of Criminal Investigation
VFF Background Check
30-10 Starr Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101

For more information, call (718) 707-2100.

Seeking Assistance

If you require assistance or have questions about the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and its services, please contact the Department of Finance.