Myth # 4
There are still a few states that do not require background checking companies to
However, with the contemporary emphasis on privacy, one can expect the remaining
states to adopt the requirement of licenses for background checking companies in
the near future.
However, that is not your main concern. Most states do require licensing.
you do a background check on a person, you don't know ahead of time where the
paper trail will lead you. You could require a record from any state in the U.S.
regardless of where you are located. And if you use an unlicensed
firm to obtain
a record from a state that requires licensing, most likely that record will not
be admissible in a court action to protect you, as it will be deemed to have been obtained illegally.
You screen to avoid problems. However, you never know which employee may be a
problem down the road. Surely, you don't know the jurisdictions of the records
that you will have to depend on in the future. Don't take a chance. Use a licensed
firm even if your state doesn't currently require licensing. If you do this, you
will be able to depend on every record that you purchase in the future.