When determining hiring eligibility for specialized or regulated roles, you might need to check a candidate’s professional license. Professional license verification (PLV) verifies whether a candidate’s professional license is active and in good standing.
Checkr verifies publicly accessible license records including, but not limited to, the professions below:
- Coast Guard
- IT (Technology)
- Mental health
- Real estate
- Veterinary medicine
PLV verifies data a candidate provides. PLV doesn't verify the candidate’s identity.
Professional license records
During a PLV, Checkr verifies the license attributes below:
- Is active or expired
- Is in good standing
- Includes the candidate’s name
PLV includes the steps below:
- The candidate provides a copy of their professional license, which the issuing body verifies. For example, the Florida Bar verifies licenses to practice law in the state of Florida.
- Checkr tries to verify the information, with a report status below:
- Clear: The dashboard shows the candidate's verified documents and certification details.
Review: The dashboard shows a reason below to explain the Review status:
- Candidate-provided information doesn't match government records.
- Checkr can't find the license.
- The license expired.
- The license isn't in good standing or has derogatory marks.
You can add PLV to a background check search package from the Checkr Dashboard.
To require candidates to provide license history, contact Checkr.
Because Checkr automates most of the PLV process, PLVs typically complete within five minutes. Usually because of a candidate’s data-entry error, automated PLV might not complete. In these situations, Checkr manually verifies information with licensing authorities. Manual verifications usually take up to two business days.
The candidate provides the information below:
- State (or United States if the license isn't state-specific)
- Certifying organization
- License document
- License type
- License number
- Expiration date (optional)
The candidate can upload up to two licenses for verification.
The candidate then reads and acknowledges receipt of applicable forms and authorizations:
- A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
- Disclosure Regarding Background Investigation
- Other state and required disclosures as applicable
- Authorization for a background check
After the candidate consents in writing, Checkr starts the verification.
Candidates can dispute the result of their verification.