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Criminal Record Check Laws by State

Filed under Hiring Workers. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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State laws may restrict an employer's right to check the criminal records of job applicants and employees. However, for some occupations employers are required by law to conduct various criminal background checks.

In some states, employers have the right to conduct criminal background checks, although conditions may be imposed. Conditions imposed can include giving notice to an applicant and/or obtaining the applicant's written permission for the check. Some states have laws restricting criminal record checks to specific occupations or circumstances.

To determine whether you are subject to criminal record check restrictions or requirements, click on your state on the map to see which laws, if any, affect an employer's ability to check criminal records in your state.

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  1. Alabama - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  2. Alaska - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  3. Arizona - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  4. Arkansas - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  5. California - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  6. Colorado - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  7. Connecticut - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  8. Delaware - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  9. District of Columbia - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  10. Florida - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  11. Georgia - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  12. Hawaii - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  13. Idaho - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  14. Illinois - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  15. Indiana - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  16. Iowa - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  17. Kansas - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  18. Kentucky - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  19. Louisiana - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  20. Maine - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  21. Maryland - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  22. Massachusetts - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  23. Michigan - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  24. Minnesota - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  25. Mississippi - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  1. Missouri - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  2. Montana - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  3. Nebraska - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  4. Nevada - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  5. New Hampshire - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  6. New Jersey - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  7. New Mexico - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  8. New York - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  9. North Carolina - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  10. North Dakota - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  11. Ohio - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  12. Oklahoma - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  13. Oregon - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  14. Pennsylvania - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  15. Puerto Rico - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  16. Rhode Island - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  17. South Carolina - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  18. South Dakota - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  19. Tennessee - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  20. Texas - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  21. Utah - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  22. Vermont - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  23. Virginia - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  24. Washington - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  25. West Virginia - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  26. Wisconsin - Conducting Criminal Record Checks
  27. Wyoming - Conducting Criminal Record Checks

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