How far back does your criminal record searches go?
All criminal record searches will go back at least 7 years. Our criminal record checks will provide criminal record information going as far back as the courthouse allows. Each courthouse varies on how long they maintain criminal records on file.
Employers should order a County Criminal Check (in addition to a National
Database Check) for all counties the applicant has resided in over the
last 7 years.
The FCRA allow you to make hiring decisions based on criminal conviction information going beyond 7 years. State FCRA laws in CA, KS, MD, MA, MT, NH, NM, and NV restrict employers to only using the last 7 years of criminal record information for making hiring decisions.
The following States allow beyond 7 years if the subject is expected to earn above a minimum salary of:
CO - $75,000 income
NY - $25,000 income
TX - $75,000 income
WA - $20,000 income
If you are using any of our consumer reports, including our instant products, to assist in determining someone's employment eligibility, you are required under federal law to do the following:
Social Media Checks: This search is for informational and investigative purposes only and cannot be used to determine an individual's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or any other purpose covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The FCRA requires that an employer intending to obtain a background check to make a clear written disclosure to the applicant or employee that a background check (consumer report) may be obtained for employment purposes. The disclosure cannot be included in an employment application and must be provided in a separate document.
1. Obtain a signed Authorization Release Form.
2. Provide a Pre-Adverse Action Letter.
3. Provide a Decline (Adverse Action) Letter to applicant stating the reasons for their disqualification and how to dispute the findings.
4. Provide a Summary of Consumer Rights.
Per FCRA we respond to all report disputes within 3 business days (excluding holidays) and attempt to complete all re-investigation of disputed reports within 15 business days (excluding holidays). We will notify via email the employer and consumer of the re-investigation results and will provide an updated report to both parties.
Get "How to" help guides for our most popular background searches and packages below.
|Order a Background Check|
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|Order a Safety1st CrimCheck|
|Order a CrimCheck360 Package|
|Order a County Criminal Check|
|Order an Education Check|
|Order an Employment Verification|
|Order a Drug Screen Test|
|Order a Masons Background Check|
|Order a Mexico Criminal Check|
|Order a Canada Criminal Check|
|Order a Puerto Rico Criminal Check|
|Order an I9 Background Check|