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 iNew 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.

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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.

Accessing CHRI

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:





  • VISA




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.


To ensure accuracy, please legibly complete blocks #9 thru #26 on the front of this form prior to scheduling your appointment.

The fee for this service is $40.70. The following forms of payment are accepted: VISA, Master Card, prepaid debit cards, or electronic debit (ACH) from a checking account.

Accounts will be debited immediately. At the time of scheduling your appointment, payment will be required and charged to your account.

Appointments must be canceled by noon on the business day prior to your scheduled time (you must cancel by Saturday at noon for a Monday appointment).

If you fail to cancel your scheduled appointment, you will forfeit the $10.70 portion of your fingerprint fee that is payable to Morpho Trust. You will also forfeit the $10.70 fee if you fail to bring the Universal Fingerprint Form and proper ID when having your fingerprints scanned.

Failure to utilize the Universal Form for its intended purpose and/or failing to provide complete and accurate information may result in having to be fingerprinted again and incurring additional costs.

Questions or revisions to responses must be made within a ninety-day period or the full process will have to be completed again.

If you do not receive your response within 10 working days please contact the Criminal Information Unit.

Any questions regarding the use of this form can be directed to the New Jersey State Police, Criminal Information Unit at 609 882-2000 ext. 2918

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Pre Employment Screening In New Jersey National Employment Screening provides professional pre employment screening services to New Jersey employers to help you protect your employees and clients from the costly effects of hiring undesirable employees.

We serve businesses in Newark, Trenton, Bayonne, Perth Amboy, Jersey City, Red Bank and all other New Jersey cities.

New Jersey employment screening law: At Will Law Provisions In New JerseyIn New Jersey, employees are presumed to be “at will.” At-will employees may be terminated for any reason, so long as it’s not illegal.

Generally, employees who work under an employment contract can only be terminated for reasons specified in the contract.

In New Jersey, if an employer shows express proof that an employee is employed at-will, even an implied contract will not overcome the presumption of at-will employment.

New Jersey employment screening law: New Jersey-Giving Employment References Apparently, New Jersey employment screening law does not provide specific protection to employers as it relates to supplying references concerning past employment.

It would seem that previous employers may provide any non-confidential information about a previous employee, so long as it’s true and isn’t provided to maliciously harm the employee.

An employer who provides false information that disparages the employee may be liable for defamation.

Lacking specific protection by state law, In order to avoid potential liability, many employers often refuse to comment on a past employee’s job performance and confirm only minimal information such as dates of hire and separation, plus wage or salary information.

This practice, however, leaves New Jersey employers in an undesirable position as they may find themselves the target of a lawsuit from a subsequent employer for failing to disclose a potentially dangerous employee.

Please note that Federal employment screening law mandates background checks for employees who are engaged in particular industries.

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services maintains a list of individuals who are excluded from participation in any of its federally-funded healthcare programs.

Exclusions are due to convictions for program-related fraud and patient abuse, licensing board actions and default on health education assistance loans.

Therefore, employers in affected industries should check the OIG Exclusion list before hiring employees who might work in such programs.

The  FACIS®  program is also very important when screening medical personnel.
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Our Automated Employment Screening provides an applicant controlled process that allows
FCRA compliant background check forms, including Electronic Chain-Of-custody  forms
and  releases to be completed online by the applicant.

We provide several short    videos    to  easily acquaint you with the system.

This really does make the background check process fast and easy.

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None of the information contained in this web site should be construed as legal advice.
All forms, policies, information and procedures should be reviewed by your legal counsel before being used in any way.

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