How far back do background checks go?

The depth of a background check’s search depends on the type of data returned and the location of that data.

For example, criminal searches may be limited to 7 or 10 years in certain states, whereas other states permit searches and reporting of all available records. Other searches such as verification of employment, education or professional licenses may not be legally time limited and are defined by the organization requesting the background check.

A candidate can contact their employer for an understanding of the search depth of their specific background check package.