Personal Background Checks: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Personal Background Check FAQs

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Can I run a background check on myself?

Absolutely! GoodHire offers a personal background check on yourself that verifies your identity, finds criminal records, and verifies your employment and education history. GoodHire personal background checks deliver results from the same data sources as GoodHire background checks run by employers, so you know you’re seeing what employers see.

How much does my personal background check cost?

Your personal background check pricing depends on the types of verifications and records searches you need. See pricing and options.

What information does GoodHire collect to run my personal background check ?

GoodHire collects different information depending on the type of personal background check ordered.

To deliver accurate results and ensure your privacy, we require:
  • Legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Residential address
  • Social Security number

If the background check includes an employer or education verification, we collect past employer and school details (such as name and phone number).

Why do you need my Social Security number?

Your Social Security number (SSN) helps us return accurate background check results. First, we check to make sure the number you enter belongs to you. Then, we use it to identify any aliases or name variations associated with that SSN.

Next, we use your SSN to find your most recent addresses and places where you’ve applied for or used credit. For example, if a car rental agency checked your credit when you rented a car, the county where you rented might show up in the list of addresses, even though you never lived there.

All these details help us make sure we return information that’s actually about you, rather than someone with a similar name. Recent addresses are particularly important because they help us identify the counties you’ve lived in or conducted business in. Searching for court records in the counties where you lived returns more accurate and complete information than searches that only check state or national databases. If you’re checking your own background and you think you have a criminal record, we suggest you order a background check that includes a county-level search, such as the Standard package.

You can learn more about our data privacy practices in our Privacy Policy.

How long will my personal background check take?

Depending on the personal background check package you ordered, turnaround times range from a few hours to a few days. The Starter and Basic packages search national criminal databases quickly, and the results may be returned in less than 15 minutes.

The Standard package searches county-level records, which is typically the most comprehensive criminal records search, however they can take longer because not all counties make their records available online. If records aren’t available electronically, we send a professional court runner to the county courthouse to research records in person.

Employer Verification, Education Verification, and Resume Verification checks require specialized agents, and can take up to five days to complete.

As soon as we know, you’ll know. We update your personal background check results as we get information and send you an email as soon as all results are in.

What information will my personal background check return?

Personal background checks can return information about criminal records, sex offender registry status, Domestic Watch List status, and employment and education verification.

The package you select determines the kind of information we check. Depending on where you live, criminal record results may be limited to the most recent 10 or seven years of information.  

See specific types of searches and results that may be returned. 

We follow the guidelines and regulations laid out by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to make background checks fair, transparent, and safe. 

All GoodHire background checks include criminal records searches. What we can report to employers depends on FCRA, EEOC, and state-level regulations and guidelines. In general, though, criminal convictions will be reported. 

GoodHire background check results don’t include arrests that didn’t result in a conviction, in accordance with EEOC guidance. In some states, GoodHire also can’t include convictions that happened more than seven years ago, in accordance with specific state laws

Keep in mind that other background check companies may include different information in their background check results.

What do I do if I find mistakes in my personal background check?

If your results include errors or inaccurate information, you may be able to get that information corrected or removed. Please see our consumer dispute process for more information.

Will running my background check affect my credit score?

No, running a background check will not affect your credit score.

What do I do if I have questions about records on my personal background check results?

If you have questions, please call our customer support team at 888-906-4284. They’re available weekdays from 8am to 8pm ET.

If your results include errors or inaccurate information, you may be able to get that information corrected or removed. Please see our consumer dispute process for more information.

Why didn’t my criminal record show up on my personal background check?

GoodHire’s National Criminal Databases Search searches millions of records across dozens of databases from each U.S. state. Due to individual county and state laws and record storage practices, database coverage and access to records varies by state

If your record didn’t appear on your report, you may want to broaden your search by ordering the Standard Check package, which includes a 7-Year County Criminal Court Search (for up to three counties based on where you’ve lived the past seven years). If the county where your offense occurred isn’t yet digitized, we’ll send one of our professional court runners to the courthouse to search for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

How do I share my results with employers and hiring managers?

To share your GoodHire background check results, simply sign in to your account and click on the “Share My Results ” button in the top right-hand corner of the page. You will be given a custom link (for example: www.goodhire.com/myreport/77359/JohnDoe) that you can then share directly with employers.

How can I use my personal link?

We recommend placing your link on your resume in the same way you would a personal website, online profile or portfolio. You can also share your link on job boards and on LinkedIn.

Can my employer see the exact background check I ordered?

If you decide to share your background check results with an employer, they will see the same results that you see. Employers can run background checks separately, usually during a hiring process. Your employer may choose employer-only options, such as motor vehicle searches, drug screening or employment credit checks. 

If my background check contains inaccurate information should I still share it?

In this situation, we recommend that you correct the inaccuracies before sharing your background check with an employer. Please see our consumer dispute process for more information on correcting inaccuracies.

Does a background check only use information from the United States?

Yes. GoodHire personal background checks search U.S.-based public records.



Disclaimer

The resources provided here are for educational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. If you have questions regarding your background check or a particular record we advise you consult legal counsel.

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