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 Pennsylvania.

State Laws in Pennsylvania

Need To Run Background Screenings in Pennsylvania?

Hire Image provides comprehensive Pennsylvania background checks including the following:

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

Currently, Pennsylvania has no statewide Ban the Box rules. However, the city of Philadelphia has had its own law since 2011, which underwent revisions in 2016: Employers, regardless of size, are prohibited from inquiring about an applicant’s Criminal History until after a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Currently, Pennsylvania has no statewide bans restricting the use of Credit History in employment decisions; however, Philadelphia has its own law. Employers are prohibited from using consumer credit information in making employment-related decisions.

Currently, Pennsylvania 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. The law provides specific employment protections. There is no Recreational Marijuana law in Pennsylvania. However, the city of Philadelphia has banned pre-employment marijuana screening.

Currently, Pennsylvania has no statewide Salary History Ban. However, the city of Philadelphia has it’s own ban. Employers are prohibited from inquiring about an applicant’s Wage History at any stage of the hiring process or requiring disclosure of previous salaries as a condition of employment.

Pennsylvania County Criminal Search Access Fees

No County Access Fees

Pennsylvania Statewide Criminal Search Access Fees

Pennsylvania Statewide Access Fee $23.00

Pennsylvania MVR Access Fees

Pennsylvania MVR Access Fee $17.00

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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