When will my business verification be complete? How long will it take for my business account to be set up?
Employer verification can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days depending on the accuracy and breadth of the information you provide. If your business is registered with your state’s Secretary of State office or if you have uploaded the required documentation in the Background Direct dashboard, then verification should be expedited. However, most often we require additional documentation that helps us verify your business is real and you are legally able to conduct an employee background check. If we need additional information to verify your business, our team will contact you.
What information do I need to get from a candidate to run a background check?
First, you must provide adequate notice to the candidate and obtain the candidate’s written consent to conduct a background check. If you are unsure what this consent should look like, you can reference the sample background check consent and authorization forms below that First Advantage offers to its clients - be sure to seek legal counsel.
See the Sample Authorization (self-standing) and the Sample Combined Disclosure and Authorization (identifying information can be obtained on an additional page) for reference
Second, make sure to collect the correct and full spelling of your candidate’s first, middle and last name as well as the correct date of birth (DOB) and social security number. Lastly, get your candidate’s current home address. If the candidate has lived at their current address for less than 7 years, also ask them for their prior address (es). Depending on the type of background checks you request, we may require additional information. If the required information is not supplied in full or if you inadvertently send us incorrect information, significant delays in the process are possible so this step is crucial.
Do I need my candidate’s consent to legally order a background check for employment purposes?
The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and certain state laws require the employer to make certain disclosures and obtain the written or electronic consent of the candidate prior to requesting a background check be performed. The required disclosure and authorization must be presented to the individual separate from any other documentation, such as an employment application. First Advantage offers samples of the form below to its clients.
You can see the Sample Authorization (self-standing) and the Sample Combined Disclosure and Authorization (identifying information can be obtained on an additional page) for reference. These background check authorization forms should be reviewed by your legal counsel to ensure you develop a process that is compliant with the law.