Are you applying for a job or undergoing a background check? If so, please visit our Candidate FAQs to see answers to our most common questions or get help with your background check. This article is for employers who use Checkr.
Industry-wide, the average background check takes 3-5 days. Checkr’s ETA tool provides an estimate of when the Candidate’s report should be complete. While these estimates are highly accurate, they are not a guarantee. In a small number of cases, delays of 3+ weeks may occur. In these situations, unfortunately, Checkr is not able to expedite the process.
The most common reasons for a delay:
- At least one county on the County Criminal Record Check requires a clerk to search for physical records.
- There are delays at county courts due to court outages, staffing, or backlog challenges such as seasonal hiring spikes. For details on known outages and delays, refer to the Checkr Data Status links below:
- Additional research is required to ensure potential records are a match to the candidate. Additional research is often required when:
- The candidate has a common name; and/or
- Public access to the identified potential record(s), such as the full date of birth (DOB), is limited by the relevant courts.
- An Exception has occurred and the candidate has not responded to our request for additional information.
- When delays occur at the county court level or when additional research is required, no additional action is required by the customer. Checkr is not able to expedite the process. The report will complete after all necessary information has been properly evaluated.
- When Exceptions occur, candidates are prompted to submit additional information. In addition to the email sent to the Candidates requesting this information, Checkr also provides the following ways to help resolve exceptions:
- Encourage your candidates to visit the Candidate Portal frequently to check on the progress of their report. Any active exception, and a link to resolve it, will appear when they first log in;
- Send your candidates the link provided in the exception in the Checkr dashboard, and instruct them to follow the instructions provided to resolve the issue; and
- Click the link on the report, and enter the requested information on your candidate's behalf.
- County Criminal Records Check
- Exceptions: Addressing data discrepancies in reports
- How long do most background checks take?
- Can Checkr expedite the process?
- Where can I check the status of county court operations?