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Credit Check For Employment

Manage risk by taking a deeper look into your candidate’s credit report and financial history.

Trust & Safety

Why Employment Credit Checks Matter

Reviewing your candidate’s credit history provides insight into a candidate’s integrity and responsibility toward his or her financial obligations, and are recommended for positions where access to financial assets, transactions, and decisions are a primary responsibility. Benefits of employment credit checks include:

  • Reduced risk of negligent hiring lawsuits, theft, or embezzlement
  • Clear picture of a candidate’s financial responsibility
  • Ability to make informed decisions based on reliable records


Credit Checks For Employment: What Gets Reported

Credit background checks for employment show a record of a person’s credit-to-debt ratio and past bankruptcies, providing insight into how someone has managed credit and bill payments in the past—an important indicator for positions where the employee will be handling or managing money. While credit checks for employment do not report credit scores, results may include:

  • Names and addresses of current and previous employers
  • Notifications of bankruptcies
  • A record of the individual’s credit and payment history
  • Any unpaid bills turned over to a collection agency
  • Other credit inquiries that have been made on the candidate


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What You Need To Know When Running Employment Credit Reports

Employers must follow the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) when running employment credit checks, including disclosure, authorization, and consent requirements. Employers must also follow the adverse action process when deciding not to hire based on information in a credit report. Learn how GoodHire’s built-in compliance workflows can help.

State & City Laws Also Apply

Several states and a few cities like New York and Chicago have restrictions on how employers can use employment credit checks in hiring. Typically, the use of credit history is prohibited unless the employer or employee falls into special categories, such as an employee who would:

  • Handle large amounts of money
  • Work in a managerial capacity
  • Have access to trade secrets
  • Work in a field (such as financial services) in which regulations require credit reports


The FCRA and state regulations dictate how far back and what specific information an employer will see. Learn about your state’s laws.

Easy to Get Started

Employers Must Be Credentialed First

Before running employment credit checks, employers must first meet specific eligibility requirements set forth by the FCRA. The process generally takes 3-5 days, and in some cases may require an on-site inspection to verify your business, which requires a one-time fee. GoodHire’s step-by-step workflow will take you through the process. Get started running credit checks in three easy steps:

Create A GoodHire Account
Start by completing GoodHire’s sign up process, or sign in to an existing account.
Meet Eligibility Requirements
Online questions determine your eligibility to run credit checks and identify any required legal documentation.
Complete On-Site Inspection
A certified inspector verifies your business’s legitimacy with an on-site inspection (if required).

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