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Background Check FAQ’s

A background check is, in basic terms, information which is compiled on an individual which may be considered when determining one’s eligibility for a job or housing.  Employers or property managers determine what components need to be included within the background checks based on the industry, position, or housing unit. These components may include a person’s criminal history information, civil records, driver records, employment records, educational information, license verification, credit information and references.  Background checks may also include drug testing, a physical, and even psychological evaluations or assessments. Applicants are encouraged to consult with their prospective employers and property managers, when determining which of these components are going to be included in the background check. 

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) a background check is termed a “Consumer Report” or “Investigative Consumer Report”.

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