Background Checks

Important background check guidelines and information regarding national criminal background checks, criminal record checks, criminal history checks, court and MVR fees in the state of Illinois.

State Laws in Illinois

Need To Run Background Screenings in Illinois?

Hire Image provides comprehensive Illinois background checks including the following:

  • Employment background checks
  • Criminal background checks
  • Drug screening tests
  • Educational verifications
  • Driving record searches

Currently, Illinois has “Ban the Box” rules. It is unlawful for public and private employers in Illinois with fifteen or more employees to inquire about, or require disclosure of, the criminal history of an applicant until the  individual has been determined qualified for the position and notified of an impending interview, or until after a conditional job offer is made.

Currently, Illinois, Cook County, and the city of Chicago each have a law restricting the use of Credit History in employment decisions. Illinois employers are prohibited from inquiring about an individual’s credit history or from basing hiring, promotion, and other employment decisions on an employee or job applicant’s credit history. Illinois employers may use credit history only when a “bona fide occupational requirement” is established.

Currently, Illinois allows the use and possession of Marijuana by individuals for medical purposes by qualifying patients who have a recommendation from a doctor to use medical marijuana. Persons 21 years of age and older may use, grow and possess Marijuana for recreational use. Cannabis will be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol. Employers to not have to diminish employee workplace safety and polices will be interpreted broadly in order to protect employee safety.

Currently, Illinois has a statewide Salary History Ban. Employers are prohibited from: (1) screening job applicants by requiring that the wage or salary history of an applicant satisfy minimum or maximum criteria, (2) requesting a wage or salary history as a condition of: a) being considered for employment, b) being interviewed, c) continuing to be considered for an offer of employment, d) an offer of employment or an offer of compensation, (3) requesting that an applicant disclose wage or salary history as a condition of employment, or (4) seeking the wage or salary history, including benefits or other compensation, of a job applicant from any current or former employer.

Illinois County Criminal Search Access Fees

Illinois, Fulton County, $11.00

Illinois Statewide Criminal Search Access Fees

Illinois Statewide Access Fee $13.00

Illinois MVR Access Fees

Illinois MVR Access Fee $21.65

See the Hire Image Resource Library for more information and to access helpful, up-to-date resource guides for your background and drug screening needs.

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Free Background Screening Compliance Review

Are You In Compliance? These 6 steps will help you stay in background screening compliance.

  • Candidate notification (stand-alone disclosure)
  • Obtain candidate’s signed authorization AND provide
  • Mandatory FCRA summary of rights and state disclosures
  • Pre-adverse notification (if applicable)
  • Leave time for candidate to dispute
  • You decide: Hire, or Not (send adverse action letter)

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