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Q: How do I provide consent for a background check?

A: If a business or organization requests a background check on you, then we will send you an email that asks you to consent to the background screening. If you do not consent, then no further action is required. We will not begin a background investigation until you provide consent. To provide consent, click the link in the email we send you. It leads to a secure, private flow that is only accessible to you. Go through each page, provide the requested information and agree to the screening. We will start your background check as soon as it is authorized by you.

Q: How long does it take to complete a background check?

A: Most background checks take 3 – 5 business days to complete.

When we run a background check, we go directly to county courthouses to get the most current and accurate records. Some courts have a backlog of requests or a limited number of clerks to look up the information we need. These factors can cause delays in the screening process.

Q: Can an employer decide not to hire me based on my background check?

A: Yes, but first they must inform you of that possibility. They will send you a Pre-Adverse notification that lets you know that they are considering denial of employment. You will also receive a copy of your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and a copy of your background check.

You will have a reasonable amount of time to review your report. If you believe the information in your report is incorrect, you may file a dispute.

A final hiring decision cannot be made until the dispute is resolved.

Q: How do I get a copy of my background report?

A: If Backgrounds Online ran a background check for you on behalf of a third party business or organization, then you may request a copy of your report from them. If you were notified about your background screening within the last 60 days, then you are entitled to a free copy of your report from us. Please submit your request in writing and include the following information:
  • Legal name
  • Date of Birth
  • Last four digits of your Social Security Number
  • Copy of a your photo ID
  • Name of the company that requested the background check
  • Current mailing address
We will send your complete report via the US Postal Service. Send your requests to:

Backgrounds Online
1915 21st Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Q: Can I run a background check on myself?

A: Yes, Backgrounds Online offers a service that allows you to run a background check on yourself. This gives you the opportunity to know what information is available in your background report, verify all the information is correct and see what employers could learn about you.

To get a background check on yourself, please visit our website

Q: How much does a personal background check cost?

A: Our website offers three convenient background check packages, starting at only $19.95. Review our background check options and select the one that works best for you.

Q: What if my background check contains incorrect information?

A: While it is rare, now and then a background check can contain incorrect information. If you received a copy of your report and feel something is not correct, please contact us to file a dispute.

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