What does a Department of Justice background check typically contain?

A Department of Justice (DOJ) background check typically contains an individual’s criminal record, including all arrests and convictions as reported by law enforcement. In most states, the State Department of Justice compiles all criminal records.

Each state’s Department of Justice usually provides an automated service for criminal history background checks. A Department of Justice background check may be required as a condition of employment, licensing, certification, foreign adoptions or VISA/Immigration clearances.

Access to Department of Justice criminal history summary records is restricted by law to legitimate law enforcement purposes and authorized applicant agencies. However, individuals have the right to request a copy of their own criminal history record from the Department of Justice to review for accuracy.

Keep in mind that any employer who wishes to conduct a background check on a prospective employee must first obtain permission and provide the prospective employee an opportunity to review the background report if an adverse hiring decision is made as a result of the background check.

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