Don’t be blindsided …
If you are getting ready to interview for a job, buy a house, buy a car, volunteer at your church or any of a hundred other daily decisions then you may well have to submit to a background search. A question that is often asked is “how far back do background checks go?”.
The simple answer is that the information that may show up on a criminal history report is usually 7 to 10 years old. Seven is the most common length of time that checks usually cover.
If you are worried about arrest records then you should know that an arrest that resulted in no conviction can’t be on a report after 7 years. In some states a non-conviction arrest cannot show up at all. You will need to do some research by checking the bureau of investigation for your state.
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