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Kentucky Background Checks

A guide to Kentucky background checks

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

We update this overview of Kentucky 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

KRS Chapter 367.00 §310 – Consumer reporting agency records restriction

Our Take: In Kentucky, CRAs can only retain files on a criminal charge if the charge resulted in a conviction.

KRS 336.220

Our Take: An employer cannot require an employee to pay the cost of a medical exam OR the cost of furnishing any records

Ban-The-Box & Fair Hiring Laws


Who Must Follow: This ban-the-box law applies only if you are a public sector employer in the executive branch for the State of Kentucky.

Timing of inquiry: Public sector, executive branch employers may only inquire into criminal history after contacting the applicant to offer an interview for the position.


See which Kentucky counties and cities have local ban-the-box and fair hiring laws.