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 Washington.

State Laws in Washington

Need To Run Background Screenings in Washington?

Hire Image provides comprehensive Washington background checks including the following:

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

Currently, Washington employers are prohibited from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for the position under the state’s new Fair Chance Act.

Currently, Washington prohibits a person from procuring a Consumer Report for employment purposes where any information in the report bears on the consumer’s credit worthiness, credit standing, or credit capacity.

Currently, Washington 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. Employers may establish drug-free work place policies and are specifically not required to permit or accommodate the use of marijuana in the workplace. Persons 21 of years or older may possess, use, share, and purchase marijuana for recreational use at home or on private property. Marijuana may not be grown by individuals at home (although the state is considering the option), nor may it be used in public places.

Currently, Washington employers with 15 or more employees are prohibited from asking applicants or their current or former employers about their prior wages or salaries. Employers are also prohibited from requiring an applicant’s prior wage or Salary History meet certain criteria. Employers can confirm an applicant’s prior salary if the applicant voluntarily discloses the information or after the employer has made an offer of employment, with compensation.

Washington County Criminal Search Access Fees

No County Access Fees

Washington Statewide Criminal Search Access Fees

Washington Statewide Access Fee $12.00

Washington MVR Access Fees

Washington MVR Access Fee $15.65

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.

Easily request our online Washington background checks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Fast turnaround times. Simple and affordable.

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)

Let Hire Image experts review your background screening forms and process to assess compliance with federal and local laws and regulations.

Compliance Review
Scroll to Top