This Background Check Authorization form is an authorization agreement signed by an
individual giving consent for the collection and verification of data and references
provided to the authorized party. Background checks are most often used to verify
references and information pertaining to a candidate for employment. The information
or references that can be verified are related to the individual’s previous employment,
character references, credit history, criminal history, and educational qualifications. This
authorization can be modified for use by a company during its hiring phase or by
prospective landlords or other parties seeking to gather information about an individual.
BACKGROUND CHECK AUTHORIZATION
Under the provisions of all applicable Federal, State, and local laws, I hereby authorize and
permit _____________ [Instruction: Insert name of entity/person being authorized] to
obtain a comprehensive review of my background causing a consumer report and/or an
investigative consumer report to be generated for _______________ [Instruction: insert
reason, for example, employment purposes] which may include the following:
1. My previous employment records;
2. Records concerning any driving, criminal history, credit history, civil record, workers’
compensation (post-offer only) and drug testing;
3. Information concerning alcohol and controlled substances for the past 3 years in
accordance with the Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Safety Regulations,
4. Verification of my academic and/or professional credentials; and
5. Information and/or copies of documents from any military service records.
I understand that an “investigative consumer report” may include information as to my
character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living, which may be
obtained by interviews with individuals with whom I am acquainted or who may have
knowledge concerning any such items of information.
I agree that a copy of this authorization has the same effect as an original.
I hereby release and hold harmless any person, firm, or entity that discloses matters in
accordance with this authorization, as well as from liability that might otherwise result from
the request for use of and/or disclosure of any or all of the foregoing information.
I understand and acknowledge that under provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act I may
request a copy of any consumer report from any consumer reporting agency that compiled the
report, after I have provided proper identification.
[If applicable] This authorization shall remain in effect over the course of my employment.
Reports may be ordered periodically during the course of my employment. (Note under
California law a continuing consent authorization is not valid and a new authorization
must be requested each time a report is ordered.)
Full Name: _________________________
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