New Jersey Employment Background Checks
All employment background check services including instant driving records, pre-employment drug screening and pre-employment criminal record background checks are available in New Jersey.
As of March 1, 2015, New Jersey employers with 15 or more employees will be prohibited from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal history until after they have conducted an initial interview of the applicant
Nor will any employers be allowed to state in any employment advertisement that they will not consider applicants who have been arrested or convicted of a crime.
These “ban the box” protections are set forth in the New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act (the “Act”), which Governor Christie signed into law on August 11, 2014.
In passing the Act, New Jersey became the thirteenth state to enact statewide ban the box legislation
Most employers demand fast turn around times and up to date information not normally available from many counties in New Jersey.
Therefore, we recommend using the state criminal record database. (CHRI).
Criminal History Record Information.
The state criminal record database criminal offender record information is the most comprehensive way to search the state of New Jersey when conducting a pre employment criminal records background check.
Turn around times are typically same day to next day.
Use Of Social Media In New Jersey Employment Screening:
Employers cannot require prospective or current employees to disclose their username, password or other means for accessing an electronic account or service (2013).
Our criminal records Smart Search Plus® has become the industry standard for an FCRA compliant quality criminal records background check.
It includes an unlimited check of the Federal criminal records repositories in the states where the applicant has lived for the past 7 years.
It also includes a check of any needed state and county criminal records checks as well as a social security number address history trace, a multi-state criminal records database search and a check of of the sex offender registry in all 50 states.
The New Jersey State Police frequently receives inquiries from government, business, and citizens on the regulations and procedures for obtaining an individual’s criminal history record. This web site has been developed to assist you in answering the most common questions asked about this process.
New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) 13:59-1 et seq. authorizes the dissemination of New Jersey criminal history record information (CHRI) by the New Jersey State Police (NJSP), Identification & Information Technology Section (I&ITS), State Bureau of Identification (SBI) for noncriminal justice purposes.
The following entities are authorized to obtain from the SBI all records of convictions in the New Jersey state courts and, regardless of their age, all records of pending arrests and charges for violations of New Jersey laws, unless such records have been expunged.
Governmental entities of this state, the federal government, or any other state for any official governmental purpose, including, but not limited to, employment, licensing and the procurement of services;
A person or non-governmental entity of any state, that seeks to directly engage the services of the subject of the record, for the purpose of determining a the subject’s qualifications for employment, volunteer work or other performance of service;
Attorneys-at-law licensed by any state for use in any contested matters docketed in any state or federal court or administrative agencies of this state;
Private detectives licensed by the Division of State Police pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:19-8 et seq. for the purposes of obtaining information in the furtherance of the performance of their statutorily authorized functions, as specifically enumerated by N.J.S.A. 45:19-9(a)1 to 9.
A person for the purpose of a personal record request.
Requests for CHRI by requesters shall be on forms prescribed by the Superintendent of the State Police, with the exception of Attorneys-at-law who may obtain this information through the lawful issuance of a subpoena. Payment may be made by cashier check, certified check, or money order payable to the DIVISION OF STATE POLICE – SBI. No personal checks will be accepted.
Individual Criminal Background Checks
The Division of State Police, Criminal Information Unit (CIU) provides criminal history record background checks to any individual requesting a copy of his/her own record. A personal record request is typically for the purpose of:
Instructions For Obtaining Your Criminal History Record
An individual may obtain a criminal history record check via electronic live scan at one of the approved sites. The New Jersey State Police uses the live scan fingerprinting services provided by , a private company under contract with the State of New Jersey.
In order to be fingerprinted for one of the purposes listed above, you are required to contact Morpho Trust to schedule a time and place to have your fingerprints recorded.
Applicants who do not have Web access should call Morpho Trust at the company’s toll-free telephone number, 1-877-503-5981 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon). Spanish-speaking operators are available upon request.
You must download the appropriate Universal Form and bring this form with you to your scheduled fingerprint appointment.
In addition to this form, you must bring proper identification as outlined on the form. The home address that you fill out on the attached form should be the same as the home address printed on the identification that you provide to Morpho Trust USA.
YOUR ADDRESS MUST BE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE IN ORDER TO PROPERLY MAIL BACK THE RESULTS OF YOUR CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECK.