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Colorado Background Checks

A guide to Colorado background checks

What are Colorado background check and ban-the-box laws?

We update this overview of Colorado background check laws and ban-the-box rules often. But laws change quickly, and we cannot guarantee all information is current. Always consult your attorney for legal advice.

  • FCRA
  • District Laws
  • Ban-The-Box

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Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)

In order to set a standard for hiring policies, the federal government created the Fair Credit Reporting Act, or FCRA, which monitors and protects both employers and job candidates.

State Laws

8-2-126. Employer use of consumer credit information – violation

Our Take: Employers in Colorado can only consider an applicant’s credit information when making employment decisions if: (1) the employer is a bank or financial institution; (2) the report is required by law; or (3) the report is significantly linked to the job in question, and the employer has good reason – which she or he has explained in writing – to ask for or use the applicant’s credit information. If an employer finds irregularities in the applicant’s credit information, the employer can give the candidate the chance to explain the causes of the irregularities

Ban-The-Box & Fair Hiring Laws


No statewide ban-the-box or fair hiring laws exist for Colorado. See which counties and cities have local ban-the-box and fair hiring laws.