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How many years back are criminal records reported?
How many years back are criminal records reported?
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Written by Charlie Cafazza
Updated over a week ago

The length of time criminal records can be reported is regulated by FCRA and state laws where the candidate or the business is located. For our National Criminal database searches, we limit the scope of the search to the following years.

The following states limit reporting of criminal conviction records to 7 years:

  • CA, CO, KS, MD, MA, MT, NH, NM, NY, TX, WA

The National Criminal Database may search back 15 years unless state law prohibits otherwise. Please note that while the National Criminal Database may search back 15 years, this search utilizes digitized databases. Records housed by county courts may not be shared with these databases. In these cases, an existing record may not be on the report. This is why we recommend using this in combination with county searches.

County-level searches are limited to a 7-year search.

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