What appears on a background check to a large extent depends on how the background check is conducted and the laws of your state. Some states require that background checks be performed using only state agencies, such as the state police. State laws can prohibit disclosing misdemeanor convictions to an employer as well as arrests and juvenile records. If a consumer credit reporting agency conducts the background check, the records may not be current.
A background check is often a routine part of the job application process. Employers will check on an applicant by ordering a consumer report from a consumer reporting agency, such as Experian or TransUnion. The applicant’s consumer report will include a credit history and may also include a criminal history, which will disclose misdemeanor records—if they are reportable. There are some legal limitations on the criminal information that can be included in a consumer report.