Criminal Background Screening Checklist

Use this checklist when conducting a criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment has been made to a job applicant to ensure that you are following all legally required procedures and completing all legally required forms. Criminal background inquiries cannot be conducted prior to a conditional job offer.

For information on obtaining and using criminal history, see Restrictions on Obtaining Criminal History and Obtaining Background Checks and Investigations by Employers. For information on investigative consumer reports, see Obtaining Investigative Consumer Reports.

This checklist is not intended for use if you are hiring in San Francisco or the City of Los Angeles; these cities are covered by the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative in Hiring Ordinance​.

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