Recreation & Parks Volunteer Background Check

The purpose of the Recreation and Parks’ Background Check program is to ensure that every individual who interacts with children undergoes a criminal history records check.

The objective of the Background Check Program is to provide parents with peace of mind knowing their children are provided a safe and positive experience.  
A criminal history records check serves as a means to review an individual’s background in respect to their participation with youth activities. While no screening process can grant absolute assurances, knowing an individual’s criminal background can provide greater certainty that an individual with a history of inappropriate behavior will not have access to our youth. A parent’s watchful eye is still our greatest resource to keep our children safe.  
Please note, this background will not work for volunteering with Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Please visit for their background instructions.

  1. How To

    There are two options for completing the Background Investigation process.

  2. Option #1 - Online Background Check

    Applicants can complete their background check online through the Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Background Screening Portal.   

    Please use the following following values for the corresponding fields in the portal.   
    1. FCRA purpose = Employment by Hire or Contract (default do not change)   
    2. ORGANIZATION = PLEASE enter the name of the organization who you will be volunteering/coaching with. Use acronym if possible (ex. SCYA) DO NOT PUT RECREATION & PARKS  

    Background Screening Portal

    Please Note: After clicking on the button above, click on the "Begin" button on the resulting screen to initiate the process (see screenshot).

    Volunteer Background Check Screenshot
  3. Option #2 - Download and Complete Form
  4. Fees

    Cost is $7.00 per participant

    Online Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization    
    $7.00 payable by major credit card. Submit information and pay with a credit card at Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Background Screening Portal online screening application.

    Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization (PDF) Form   
    $7.00 payable by cash, check or money order to Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks. Mail form and check or money order to Recreation and Parks Headquarters. Please do not mail cash. Cash can be accepted in person at Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 1 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD, 21401.   

    Walk-in or mail form to:   
    Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks   
    1 Harry S. Truman Parkway   
    Annapolis, MD 21401   
    Attn: Business Office

The active volunteers database is a list of volunteers and city of residence, the date of completion of the background check, the date of the most recent Coaches' Clinic attended and certification number and level. The will be updated once per week. This is a useful tool for the community, coaches, recreation and athletic associations. 

Active Volunteers Report

Please note the Adobe Acrobat program has a find feature that will help you quickly find a specific volunteer in the database. When the document is open go to the EDIT menu and select FIND; type the last name in the text field and click on the FIND button.

Contact Us


1 Harry S. Truman Pkwy, Annapolis, MD 21401