What is a Pass-Through fee?
In addition to the cost of the background check, your reports may be subject to various third-party access fees, including county and state court access fees, DMV access fees, and employment/education verification fees.
Note: Checkr does not mark up any fees; instead we send them in your invoice at cost.
For a full list of pass-through fees, see Checkr's pricing page.
Even though criminal records are a matter of public record, jurisdictions that house the records have the right to charge a fee to access the data. Of the 3,200 counties in the United States, roughly 10% charge a fee. Most counties’ charges are between $2-$10, though some charge $25 and more. Here is the most up-to-date list of county criminal access fees.
DMV Access Fees
Every state, plus the District of Columbia, charges an access fee to pull a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR). Here is the most up-to-date list of DMV access fees.
In the few states which offer true statewide criminal checks, each charges a separate fee for accessing their criminal data. Here is the most up-to-date list of county criminal access fees.
If your company verifies employment and/or education history, you will see third-party access fees associated with these screenings.
- For employment verifications, Checkr first searches available databases, such as The Work Number for Everyone, that charge a fee when the verification is successfully completed by way of checking that database.
- For education verifications Checkr searches known education databases, such as National Student Clearinghouse.
We cannot provide a fees list for employment and education pass-through costs because they vary so widely. The fees are, however, specifically called out in line items on the Checkr invoice.