Sooner or later a background check may be run on you, due to reasons such as your current employer wants to do one or a prospective employer wants to run one. You are probably wondering what will be revealed. If you are, then continue to read on because this article will discuss what may be revealed in a background check.
One of the most common things that show up in a background check is a criminal record, which means if you have one, the chances are it will appear in a background check done by a prospective employer. Companies will find out what charges you were convicted of. Arrests, convictions of both misdemeanors and felonies, court records, warrants, sex offenses and incarceration records will all be revealed in a background check. Do keep in mind that depending on where you live, certain things may not be shown in a criminal background check after a certain period of time has passed.
If an employer wishes, they may be able to check your credit report, but they have to receive written permission from you, otherwise they cannot do this. Also, when this information is included in a background check, your credit score will not be shown. However, information such as loans, accounts that have been placed for collection and bankruptcy will be shown. In most cases, bankruptcies won’t be shown after 10 years, nor will accounts that have been placed in collections after seven years have passed, but this depends on where you are living.
Different regions have their own set of rules when it comes to driving records, but some laws allow various entities to check driving records that date back as fat as 10 or more years. Then again, some regions have laws that allow you to check the last three years. Such entities that may be allow to run a background check include schools and employers, as well as volunteer organizations. Your driving record, such as violations, tickets and so forth, will be shown in the background check report, if it is allowed by law.
When it comes to what is shown in a background check, this all depends on various factors, such as who is running the background check and what it is for. Some checks will include all of the above, while others will only include criminal records and credit reports or just one or the other. Now you know what is generally revealed in one.
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