How far back do background checks go?

The scope of the background check will depend on the policy of your employer as well as the countries where the checks are being conducted. The depth of a background check’s search also depends on the type of data returned, the location of that data and the type of check being conducted. For example searches such as verification of employment, academic or professional qualifications may not be legally time limited and are defined by the organisation requesting the background check.

In general, the norm is for checks to go back 7 years, unless client has requested otherwise.

It would be best to contact the organisation requesting your background check for an understanding of the search depth of their specific background check package.