How Long Does a Background Check Take

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Most employers require a background check before completing the hiring process. On average, a pre-employment background check takes between two and four business days to complete. 

While instant background checks are available, they often include incomplete or inaccurate information. A more accurate report, typically run through a third-party agency, will take longer – but is usually more thorough and accurate. The exact turnaround time may vary and will depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • Background check firm has difficulty establishing contact with former employers and/or educational institutions. 
  • Courts can be backlogged or closed for a holiday, which can increase the time it takes for a criminal records check to be completed.
  • If your background history includes information from multiple states and/or counties – and/or includes positions outside of the United States, the search may be delayed.

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